Weekender Issue #103

The Assist Newsletter
October 6, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: I am taken from a mine and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost every person. What am I?

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


🇵🇭 To Filipino Heritage Month 
One of the best ways to experience new cultures is through food! Celebrate Filipino Heritage Month by eating your way through these recipes >

🎀 To Breast Cancer Support
Whether you are battling Breast Cancer or a coworker is, having support in all facets is important. Learn how you can implement Breast Cancer awareness in the workplace here >

🖤 To Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes
Need Halloween costume inspiration that’s work-friendly? Watch this >

🌮 To A Delicious Dinner
You might have seen these go viral! Check out the Smash Burger Taco recipe here >

💪 To Building Muscle
The more protein you eat, the more muscle you will build. If you need help keeping track of your protein, check out this resource >


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Seasonal living


Perfectionism and capitalism have taught us that when we wake up in the morning, we should feel exactly the same every day. In fact, the expectation is to produce a little bit more each and every single day. Forever. Until the day we die. When it’s laid out like that, it’s so much easier to see the ridiculousness of that sentiment. Instead of being a machine that always feels the same and continues to produce more each day, we are human’s being. We are of nature, which means we live cyclically, just like Mother Nature does. Here’s how you can tune into cyclical living:
  1. Turn to nature: When we forget we’re nature and not a machine, there’s a simple solution. And it’s right outside your window. Tune into nature. My favorite ritual is to regularly visit my favorite tree. I watch how the tree changes and grows over the seasons. In winter, it’s bare, but during the early summer it flourishes.
  2. Accept that we are cyclical: During the winter, the soil rests and replenishes. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be able to grow a crop the next spring. Just as the earth rests, so must we. Our rest is equally important as our production.
  3. Do something kind, gentle, and cozy for yourself: One of my favorite ways to support myself is to ask this question: how can I make this 10% easier? When we need rest, but can’t necessarily take the day off, we can support ourselves by finding ways to make the task easier, gentler, or more cozy.
  4. Is it a microwave or stovetop kind of day: My favorite snack is popcorn. The best popcorn is made on the stovetop. But sometimes, you need a snack and don’t have the time to pop it on the stove, melt the butter, and do the dishes. Those days are microwave popcorn days. Both end in popcorn. How we get there isn’t always as important as the end result.
Talk to yourself like you would your pet: We celebrate our pets for everything. Being cute, rolling over, sleeping in the middle of the day, finishing their food, having a round, adorable belly. Why can’t we also talk to ourselves that way? We can.


How well do you know your team?


Miro - 1 truth 2 lies template

1 truth 2 lies is a simple icebreaker to do and creates healthy banter.

Here’s how to play:

  • Team members populate a total of three sticky notes with 2 lies and 1 truth.
  • Once completed, everyone uses dots to vote for the one they think is the truth.
  • Do a round-robin where each person gets to share verbally what the correct “truth” sticky was.

This icebreaker is really easy, quick and fun, and is a great way to energize your team before starting a meeting.

Swipe the template and play with your team


From Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 : 
Bob’s Burgers (S14 just started!)

Song to bump 🎵:
Body by Loud Luxury feat. Brando

Podcast 🎙️:  
Up and Vanished

Book 📚:
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

Wishlist Rec 📝:
Oversized Knitted Coat in Medium Brown
(One of my fave wardrobe staples! See how I styled it here.)

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :
Black Bird

Song to bump 🎵:
Slime You Out by Drake ft. SZA

Podcast 🎙️:
Hot Mess

Book 📚:
Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Wishlist 📝:
Perfect Fall Purse


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Cowboy pet of the week

Hi Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to Cowboy. He’s an AKC certified purebred Red English Labrador. 11 years old. 120 lbs. Well-read. Travelled some. Always ready to party 🤠

ғɪʀsᴛ ɴᴀᴍᴇ: Mail

ᴍɪᴅᴅʟᴇ ɴᴀᴍᴇ: Order

ʟᴀsᴛ ɴᴀᴍᴇ: Cowboy

Cowboy loves to swim in the ocean, dip his head in the snow, use his stuffed animals as pillows, open all the doors in the house, and wink 😉

💌 We’re huge pet lovers at The Assist and want to feature a pet each week — fill out this form for your fur baby to be featured!
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