Weekend Issue #36

The Assist Newsletter
June 25, 2022
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Brainteaser of the day: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

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Treat Yo’Self


🏆 To Making Culture a Competitive Advantage
Workers are prioritizing culture more and more. See how Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta earned recognition for being a great place to work >

🥾 To Better Hikes
Hiking is the best but finding good trails can be tricky. Try out the best hiking apps here >

🍳 To Easy Cooking
Make classic recipes your own. Here’s a few recipes to be the master of your kitchen >

📷 To Photography Tips
Want to start photography? Well, we have the best tips for beginner photographers >

🙏 To Forgiving & Forgetting
Did you know June 26th is National Forgiveness Day? Find ways to forgive in the workplace >


Streamline Your Work With Templates


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Here are some of our fave templates that you can use today (for free) —

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For Marketing:


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Why we procrastinate


The British philosopher Derek Parfit espoused a severely reductionist view of personal identity in his seminal book, Reasons and Persons: It does not exist, at least not in the way we usually consider it. We humans, Parfit argued, are not a consistent identity moving through time, but a chain of successive selves, each tangentially linked to, and yet distinct from, the previous and subsequent ones. The boy who begins to smoke despite knowing that he may suffer from the habit decades later should not be judged harshly: “This boy does not identify with his future self,” Parfit wrote. “His attitude towards this future self is in some ways like his attitude to other people.”

Parfit’s view was controversial even among philosophers. But psychologists are beginning to understand that it may accurately describe our attitudes towards our own decision-making: It turns out that we see our future selves as strangers. Though we will inevitably share their fates, the people we will become in a decade, quarter century, or more, are unknown to us. This impedes our ability to make good choices on their—which of course is our own—behalf. That bright, shiny New Year’s resolution? If you feel perfectly justified in breaking it, it may be because it feels like it was a promise someone else made.

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Your Top 3 Questions Answered by a Wine Master


Wine Access

Not too long ago, we asked you about your top wine related questions 🍷 — today, we bring you answers from Vanessa Conlin from Wine Access, who is not only a certified sommelier but also 1 of 50 wine masters in the U.S (you read that right, 1 of 50).

Let’s dive, shall we?

Q: Are expensive wines really better than cheap ones?

A: Sometimes. Rather than assume a wine that is more expensive is better, what I look for is the price-to-quality ratio. I ask myself, at what price would I consider this bottle to overdeliver?

Also, consider the occasion during which you are drinking the wines — I’ve had some outstanding pricey wines at fine dining restaurants or at special occasions, but I’ve also had some delicious wines out of a tumbler at little trattorias in Italy that probably cost around $1 per glass. It’s really about your enjoyment and your preference over a number on a tag.

Q: What wine pairs well with what food?
Wine in general pairs well with food because of the acidity.

There are certain pairings that we know to work really well, for instance, high acid foods with high acid wines — think tomato sauce with Chianti, or goat cheese with Sancerre. Wines with a touch of residual sugar are fantastic with spicy foods as the sweetness cools the heat of the spice.

Q: What if I can’t finish the bottle? Can I save it? How long will it last?
A: I do not have this problem 😏.

Depending on the style of wine anywhere from 1-3 days is about how long the wine will last before starting to taste different. Whether white or red, close it up tightly to avoid oxygen and put it in the fridge.

So what does Vanessa drink? Glad you asked 🤗.

She currently helps curate the wines for Wine Access (aka the best tasting wine club out there), and they’re offering $25 off your first two wine club shipments if you decide to give them a taste.

Wine not give them a try

P.S. We’ll be releasing an interview with Vanessa along with a blog post answering the rest of your wine questions next week.


From Henry David Thoreau


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Song to bump 🎵:
I Like That by Bazzi

Podcast 🎙️:
Office Ladies  

Book 📚:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :
The Kardashians

Song to bump 🎵:
I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

Podcast 🎙️:
Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain

Book 📚:
The Dip by Seth Godin


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Tackle pet of the week
This is Tackle🥺 She is such a cutie and looks so fluffy! A fun fact is that she likes to bark and turkeys🦃.

We’re huge pet lovers at The Assist and want to feature a pet each week — send us a photo of your fur baby to be featured!

💌  Reply to [email protected] with your pet’s name, photo and a fun fact about your pet.

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