Dear essellesse reader…

an editor's note from shannon

To be honest, I haven’t really known where to begin with things so I figure the best way is to just type. A stream of consciousness, if you will.

There’s a lot going on in the world right now & to be honest, I didn’t feel right publishing any content here or anywhere really until addressing this personally.

It’s an uncertain time right now & uncertainty is scary.

I’m leaning into social media in a major way, especially Instagram. Ironically, social distancing has the incredible potential to bring us all closer than ever before. Social media, a place that was once endless chatter & noise, is now a place for all of us to virtually connect as we physically isolate. I’ve even seen a shift in the DMs I received in the past few days vs the last few weeks. Less emojis, wayyyy more substance. It’s nice, it’s fun, it’s refreshing – I’m constantly checking in with you & you with me. We are here for each other. It’s a feeling of connection I truly haven’t felt in a long time.

I should also note – & I’m not trying to make a joke or be funny here at all – but social distancing isn’t that much different than my normal everyday life. I spend a lot of time at home by myself {& prefer/enjoy it!}. I’m an extreme introvert… INTJ-T to be specific.

In fact, I never realized how much my normal can really help others as they navigate a new normal until some of my recent DMs this weekend.

I’ll be sure to continue that type of content going forward here on essellesse & if there’s anything you’d like to see, let me know! Think recipes, home organizing, journal prompts, introvert stuff, working & living at home with your spouse, fun things to do at home, what to watch, what to read, constant playlists…. honestly, it’s the content I mostly talk about anyways, so I’ll be sure to double down here.

In fact, if you go to the LIFESTYLE category in the menu above, I have a whole section of Homebody Life content. Also, if you scroll on my main page, I have a whole “staying in tonight?” section of things to watch, what to journal, recipes to make, or books to read.

Again, this is an uncertain time & such uncertainty can bring out panic with disregard to others. It’s more important than ever to be kind to one another, especially to those working in customer facing roles. This is a trying time for everyone. Kindness is contagious and will make you feel better. Check in on your friends in different cities, be kind to the stockists in the grocery store or c-store, be compassionate. Smile more. The world needs your brightness more than ever now.

This is also a time to cultivate the magic within yourself. Is there a project you want to start? Maybe it’s a blog, an online business, book… with more time on our hands & in our minds, this is a time to really let your passions take over control. For the first time in a long time, I think we will find ourselves being “bored” more often… and realize how much we missed it! Boredom is a magical place because it’s the first step in letting your mind go. This is a great time when negative feelings come up to be like an ostrich and throw your head in the sand…. except that this sand is your interests, passions, the things that drive & stimulate you. Completely immerse yourself in it & share your gift with others. The world needs your magic more than ever too.

Thank you for respecting my decision on keeping essellesse a place of escapism. I never want essellesse to be a source of anxiety for anyone. As the world continues to change, essellesse will remain a constant place in cyberspace for fun, lighthearted content & digital aesthetics. essellesse is here to share my passions with you & inspiring a lazy luxury lifestyle. In fact, lazy luxury is based on finding the luxuries in the comfort of your home… that’s the lazy part. It’s about embracing what you have and appreciating the luxury of every day life.

I was going to share this at the end of the year, but I’ll share it with you now instead. Each year, I have a one word goal in what I want to achieve. 2019 was clarity. I know I achieved that since I entered both 2020 & my marriage with more clarity than ever. Seeing more clear than I ever have in my life, I chose my word for 2020: INTERACTION. From my blog layout, to constant content, to different outlets (like cooking & music & aesthetics), my #1 priority is providing you as a reader something tangible to interact with. Interaction is the antidote to isolation and that’s my biggest goal and mission to you this new decade. I said this on my instagram but if you ever feel lonely or that self isolation is hitting you hard, I’m always a blog comment or DM away <3

After this post, this will be the last I speak of COVID-19 directly on any platform of mine. There’s so many other sources online to get any Corona fix. Below is reading I personally recommend. I’ll continue to add to this list as I read more & more.

coronavirus reading I reccomend

Some Things We Are Doing About Coronavirus by Craig Shapiro

Coronavirus offers “a blank page for a new beginning” says Li Edelkoort

Corona Panic pt I + Corona Panic pt II

We’ll Get Through This by Morgan Housel

On Digital Minimalism and Pandemics by Cal Newport

The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’ via The Atlantic

Coronavirus in San Francisco: Everything You Need to Know {regularly updated – F&B related}

I also want to share my favorite thing I read this weekend regarding everything going on in the world right now:

Now is a good time to start a diary. It doesn’t have to be long. But there’s a good chance you’ll tell your grandkids about these days. Also remember that it’s hard to un-remember what you know about the past when looking back on it, so it’s good to document your thoughts in real time before they’re distorted by the changes of what’s to come – whatever they may be. { via }

This is history we are living through and stories we will be telling over and over again. Share your story with yourself while it’s clear.

Stay safe. Stay home whenever you can. Wash your hands. Drink water. Unfollow anyone online promoting fear or panic. Check in with your friends. Be mindful where you get your updates. Take care of your mind.

And if you need me, I’m only an interaction away! call me, beep me <3

Love, Shannon

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  1. 3.16.20
    Gitana said:

    very well said. I think that there are so many opportunities right now for people to be creative. And if there’s anything millenials are good at in times of crisis, it’s content creation, especially the youtubers I follow who are giving advice on how to weather the storm.

    Love you. Hope you and E are doing well and staying safe. 🙂 Also, totally feel you on the indoor cat vibes. Kind of a blessing that everyone gets a chance to wind down and do a check in with themselves during this time of forced indoor-time.

    xx