Weekender Issue #37

The Assist Newsletter
July 1, 2022
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you" - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Brainteaser of the day: I am the beginning of sorrow and the end of sickness. You cannot express happiness without me, yet I am in the midst of crosses. I am always in risk, but never in danger. You may find me in the sun, but I am never out of darkness.

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


🙌 To a Successful Q3
A new quarter brings new goals, OKRs & KPIs. Get a refresher on how to set SMART goals >

😋 To Better Eating Habits
You are what you eat, after all. Improve your eating habits with these tricks >

🇺🇸 To Fun Facts About 4th of July
Did you know that the U.S. didn’t actually declare independence on 7/4? See more facts here >

✈️ To Cheaper Flights
Summer time + people itching to travel the last couple years = skyrocketing flight prices. Read this guide on scoring cheaper flights >

To Restoring Your Energy
We’re more than halfway through the year (ummm…what??). Make sure you’re still making time for yourself >


To-Do List Zero


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Have You Heard of Box Breathing?


We live in a world that is full of stress and anxiety.

From work deadlines to family obligations (not to mention news headlines), it can sometimes feel like we’re constantly under pressure.

Box breathing is a simple but effective breathing technique that can help to calm the mind and body.

Here’s the basic principle:

  • 😮‍💨 breathe in for four counts,
  • 😶 hold your breath for four counts,
  • 💨 breathe out for four counts
  • 🔁 and then repeat.

The act of focusing on your breath and counting to four helps to clear your mind and focus your thoughts. And the deep, rhythmic breathing helps to relax your body and lower your heart rate.

So next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious, try box breathing. Just four count breaths can help you to feel calmer and more in control.

Get more tips on box breathing here


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From Christine Mason Miller

“At any given moment, you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 : 
The Bear (Hulu)

Song to bump 🎵:
killer by FKA twigs

Book 📚:
Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami

Movie 🎬:

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :
The Dropout (Hulu)

Song to bump 🎵:
WAIT FOR U by Future feat. Drake and Tems

Podcast 🎙️:
Good Influences

Movie 🎬:
Turning Red (Disney+)


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Lisa Pet of the week

This is Lisa, a fish tank guardian. Lisa was adopted 5 years ago when she was only 2 months old.

Her adoption story

Lisa and her 5 siblings were abandoned near the railways. A beautiful soul rescued them and took them to a pet shop.

The vets posted the dogs’ photos on Facebook and that’s when her now-owner “saw her adorable little face [and] fell in love [with her] at first sight.” When Lisa was let out of her cage, she walked straight up to her now-owner — “I picked her up and she seemed so comfortable there…as if she’d been there all her life!”

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 this email with your pet’s name, photo and a fun fact about your pet.

P.S. Consider fostering if you have the capacity.

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