Weekender Issue #106

The Assist Newsletter
October 28, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again, you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?

Click here to see the answer.

🤔 Check out all of the October 2023 Weekender Brainteasers here.


Treat Yo’Self


🌶️ To A Hearty Chili Bowl
Warm up with a rich, savory chili full of flavorful ingredients and spice to fully embrace those fall vibes. Get the recipe here >

🎃 To Extending Your Jack-O-Latern’s Shelf Life
Lengthen the lifespan of your jack-o-lantern this season with tips on selection, handling and carving to keep your pumpkin fresh past Halloween. Learn the pumpkin tricks here >

💚 To 50 Self-Love Journal Prompts
Nurture self-acceptance and inner peace by exploring these thoughtful journaling prompts for self-love. Build confidence from within >

🧥 To Fall’s Trendiest Jackets
Upgrade your outerwear game with on-trend jacket styles in bombers, leather, sherpa and more. Get inspired with this season’s picks >

🛍️ To Better Holiday Gift Lists
Get a head start on stress-free holiday shopping with these helpful apps to efficiently manage your gift list and budget. See the 10 apps here >


Mindfulness Bingo

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  • 😌 Multiple work-specific mindfulness exercises.
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  • 👥 Activities that can be done solo or as a team.
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The Zillennial Guide to Open Enrollment


Many of those in the microgeneration dubbed “Zillennials” are hitting the pivotal age of 26 and being kicked off their parents’ health insurance plans. And with open enrollment season upon us, it leaves Zillennials wondering where to even begin.

Check out Justworks’ Zillennial Guide to Open Enrollment here:

  1. Expand from your parents’ health care choices – The insurance plan your parents chose likely doesn’t make the most sense for you, as they are likely on a “family” plan, which considers the healthcare needs of multiple people.
  2. Focus on your specific needs – Think about healthcare needs you’ll need over the upcoming year, and while there will always be unknowns, look at how you’ve consumed healthcare in previous years (i.e. if you wear glasses and need to go to the eye doctor on a more frequent basis) as a starting point to make sure your coverage covers those basics.
  3. Think about the total cost – Since this may be the first time in your life you’re paying for health insurance, consider the total cost – including premiums and cost of care. Willis Towers Watson estimates costs for employer coverage will go up by almost 7% this year, so keep in mind that price increases over time are also very common.
  4. Consider a Health Spending Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), and/or a Flex Spending Account (FSA) – If your employer offers these options, consider them as a way to save money as they are tax-advantaged vehicles that can help you pay for your healthcare needs.
    a. HSAs are sort of like 401k plans for your healthcare needs. As you age and potentially add dependents to your plan, an HSA account can help fund your changing (and likely) increasing healthcare expenses.
    b. An HRA provides employees with tax-free reimbursements for qualified medical expenses up to a fixed dollar amount per year.
    With FSAs, always start small since if you don’t use the funds, you lose the funds.
    c. Consider starting with an amount if you have planned health purchases each year that you can plan for (i.e. contacts).
  5. Keep in mind key dates – Set calendar invites for yourself or reminders on your phone for all dates during open enrollment to avoid missing any deadlines. If you miss the deadline, you cannot make any changes to your health insurance plan choices unless you have a qualifying life event (have a baby, moving residences, turning 26 🤯, etc.).
  6. Know the jargon: There’s a ton of jargon when it comes to health insurance, so make sure you understand terms like deductible, copay, and coinsurance. For more definitions, check out this health insurance glossary.
  7. When in doubt, ask HR or go directly to your company’s health insurance provider – Your HR team and health insurance provider team are there to help you with any questions you may have, so don’t be afraid to ask for help!


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From C.S. Lewis


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :
The Fall of the House of Usher

Song to bump 🎵:
Live It Up (High Tide) by Surfaces

Podcast 🎙️:

Book 📚:
Yellowface by R. F Kuang

Wishlist 📝:
Remington Pearl Hair Straightener

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :
Special Forces

Song to bump 🎵:
Chosen by Blxst, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign

Movie to watch 🎥:

Book 📚:
The Only One Left by Riley Sager

Wishlist 📝:
Barefoot Dreams Cozy Socks


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📚 Staying in this weekend instead of partying for Halloween? Check out these thriller books to keep you company.

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Winston aka Buggy Boy


Winston aka Buggy Boy pet of the week
Esteemed gentleman, Winston, likes to take work from home breaks in the sunshine. He often requires his humans to play outside at all hours and weather types. Whilst he is a dapper fellow, he is a wiggle-bug donning him the nickname Buggy Boy.
💌 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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