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Hi First name / friend!
Well…remember how I said I was going to New York City this week to watch the ball drop in Times Square? Well, COVID strikes again and here we are AGAIN - with another cancelled trip and disappointed hopes. I'm not trying to be dramatic here, I'm really not - but this stuff is kind of breaking my heart. 
Someone told me the other day that we're starting season three of COVID and I think that is devastating. I don't want a new normal, you know, I want the old normal. 
The thing is though that I know if I get stuck in sadness about this and refuse to accept the reality we ARE living in, I can't move on. There IS still beauty in the world. There IS still hope. I believe that better when I'm grounded and reading Scripture and having uplifting conversations. 
So down with doom scrolling. Just call me a silver lining hunter because life IS happening and I'm not going to miss it. 
Instead of watching the ball drop in Times Square this New Year's Eve, I'll be playing a Mario Kart tournament in my basement with pajamas and pizza and my best friends. And if you think about it, that's once-in-a-lifetime kind of special too... 
Such love for you all. 

xo, emily

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just a little note on new beginnings.. 
"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."
- Anne Frank
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Nothing makes me happier than a great recommendation. So here are a few of things that are sparking joy and bringing pockets of peace to my days. I hope you love these things as much as I do! Got a recommendation for our new Slow Down Sunday? Just reply to this email and tell me all about it! 
  1. I'm obsessed with Animal Crossing. I said it. I'm not ashamed. Just make the plunge and get into it, I'm telling you. 
  2. I'm a chronically dehydrated person. Yikes. This right here is changing the game. 
  3. My fam and I are LOVING this new game! Quick and fun and easy to understand. 
  4. Loving this cozy new read! Think Man Called Ove meets Still Life. Perfect winter read!
  5. I'll NEVER not have this on my lap. Like, ever. 
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