3) Miir Camp Cup
I just bought myself one of these, because I have a thing for hot drinks. I also have a thing for consuming hot drinks so slowly I have to reheat the same 4 ounces 5 times.
Yes, I have one of those mug hot pad burners on my desk. It sucks for two reason:
- It’s old and doesn’t work that great, if it ever did. When I say I like hot drinks, I mean I like my drinks nuclear hot. It can’t maintain a temp as high as I want.
- As mentioned above, it’s on my desk, so I can’t reach it from the beanbag because:
a. It’s too far away.
b. I’m covered in cats.
This mug has a lid that seals tight. Meaning I can set it on the stack of books on that new floating bookshelf. Or even on the shelf behind me. My justified paranoia about the cat or the kid spilling it everywhere is now moot.
As a designer, Miir lives up to my product standards. They’re beautiful, feel amazing in hand, and it keeps my afternoon tea hot for hours. They’re a socially conscious company that supports trackable giving projects with every purchase, which is amazing.
As a minimalist, I prefer to own a few quality products that are well made and a delight to use. I’m less than a week in, and I wish I would have bought this mug years ago.
4) Bear Note-taking App
There are 2 apps I can’t live without. One is 1Password. The other is a note-taking app. I’ve been an Evernote user for probably 10 years at this point, and I can’t imagine life without it.
However. Evernote has not kept up with the times. They have seriously dumbed down the features on the free plan over the years. Why not just pay for it? Because they made the paid plan stupid expensive for what it is, while not innovating or doing anything to make it worth that sum of money (7.99/month for Basic). I feel like they’re riding the wave of being the big name, one of the first in note-taking apps. Times have changed, my friends.
I’ve been eyeing Bear for a long time, and I finally took the plunge today. I signed up for a Pro account (a measly $15/year). I exported all my personal notes from Evernote and imported into Bear. It was crazy easy and the interface is beautiful. I won’t go into the things I love about Bear right now, because I plan to write a post contrasting the two and why I switched.
I’ll still use Evernote for work documentation. It’s easy to share/collaborate, as it’s a bit more work-focused. I’m effectively splitting my work and personal note-taking systems.
5) Chocolove Salted Almond Butter
I know, I originally said I noticed 4 things. But I dislike even numbers and what’s a gratitude list without chocolate?
For real though, I’m thankful for these every day. It’s my single guilty pleasure square a day. Maybe 2 if it’s been a particularly frustrating day. I normally prefer darker chocolate, but something about how they make this 55%… It’s perfection.
That’s all I’ve got. I highly recommend beginning some sort of gratitude journal practice. It’s more about developing a habit than “journaling” per se. You’re training your brain to see positives and notice when things go well, not just when things go wrong.
While you’re cooped up at home, getting on each other’s nerves, take note of the little things that bring you back to the present. It’s one of the best things you can do to not go insane.