Weekender Issue #111

The Assist Newsletter
December 1, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: What is special about these words: job, polish, herb?

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Treat Yo’Self


💅🏾 To A Festive Ombre Mani
Deck your digits out for the season with these trendy manicures. Accessorize with holly jolly hues here >

🍷 To Learning About Vino Before The Holidays
Brush up on your wine smarts with key facts before the festivities. Sip like a sommelier here >

👗 To Gifting Fab Fashion Books
Give the trendsetter in your life coffee table inspo with stylish book picks. Unwrap the perfect present here >

☕️ To A Healthier Holiday Coffee
Enjoy all your fave Starbucks seasonal drinks with fewer calories using secret menu hacks. Get in the spirit without the guilt here >

🛌 To Better Bedding In 2024
Upgrade your bedding ahead of your new year’s resolutions. A mini-guide to help you pick bedding that’s right for you >


Know Thyself With This Self-Evaluation Template


FigJam's Self-Evaluation Template

With less than a month left until 2024, it’s the perfect time to pause and take a moment to look back on the year and check in with yourself.

It also means something else may be creeping up on you, too — an end of year performance review.

Use FigJam’s free handy Self-Evaluation Template to help you list out all your accomplishments from the year, and identify any areas that can use improvement or goals that need updating.

You’ll be happy you took the time now to get ahead later.

Get the free self-evaluation template


Stop perfectionism in its tracks


Perfectionism stops us from being our biggest, most brilliant, quirky, and interesting selves. So, how do we get past that? We sit down, we do the work even when it’s scary, we do it messy, and we share it with the world. Here’s how you can tell perfectionism to take a hike.
  1. Put your butt in the chair: Sometimes the only way to do the Big Scary Thing is to just sit down and do it. To quell the feeling of panic, I set myself a timer. I start small, sometimes as little as five minutes. And when the timer goes off, that’s it. You’ve done it!
  2. Give yourself a running start: I’m a task completionist. When I sit down to work on something, I want to sit there until I finish. I will only start it if there’s enough time to also finish it. Most work is done in the moments in between. And, it always help to have a running start. If you’re writing, stop in the middle of the paragraph. You never want to start a project with a blank page, that makes starting so much harder.
  3. Take a movement break after 90 minutes: Whether you want to or not, after working for 90 minutes, get up and move around. Go walk around outside, walk up and down the stairs, get water, go to the bathroom. Do anything other than sitting in your chair staring at a screen.
  4. Go do something else: If you’re really stuck on a project or big idea, then it’s time to go do something else. Our creative juices are strongest when we’re not thinking about the problem. Our brains work in the background. That’s why you get your best ideas in the shower.
  5. Ask AI for help: The topic of AI is full of complicated opinions. I see it a little more simply. AI can act as a second brain, brainstorming partner, and idea generator. My favorite way to use it is to ask for ideas on something and then scoff at how bad they are. It gives me a starting place to create something so much better.
Enjoyed this content? Find more tips at do5ive.


Take Control of Your Mental Wellness



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From Audre Lorde,A Burst of Light


“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :
Red Oaks

Song to bump 🎵:
Shawty by Remi Wolf

Podcast 🎙️:

Book 📚:
All About Love by Bell Hooks

Wishlist Rec 📝:
Daily Dose Leave-In Conditioner Detangler Spray

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Movie to watch 🎥:
The Holiday

Song to bump 🎵:
Dress by Taylor Swift

Podcast 🎙️:
Just Trish

Book 📚:
Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Wishlist 📝:
Capri Blue Crystal Pine Candle

Other stuff we’re loving this week…


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🛍️ Shop: If you’re looking for unique sassy mugs and candles, check out the newly soft-launched Badass Betch store. We especially love the focus on merch for Filipino and Latinx peeps! Enjoy 15% off through the end of the year with code TA15.

💋 Beauty: Looking for a hair mask that will leave your hair soft, shiny and hydrated? Check out Daily Dose’s best-selling one here. Use code 20V9FKQL for 20% off.

🛠️ Software: Looking to house all your notes, projects, and deadlines in one place? Notion is where it’s at — intuitive, easy to use, and lets you collaborate with others in one place.


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Enzo & Stella


Enzo & Stella pet of the week

Meet two-year-old Golden Chow twins Enzo and Stella.

Stella is sweet and sassy. She is very vocal and has quite the personality – going from calm to crazy in .25 seconds or less.

Stella loves staring out the window barking at birds, UPS, people, the wind. But come 8pm, she’s ready to find her favorite spot on the couch and watch Ted Lasso.

Enzo is pure love. His greatest love in life so far is his red ball, which he will catch and return relentlessly. Seriously, hours.

But Enzo is the sweetest so it’s hard to resist. He follows his sister everywhere and takes his cues from her. He does not like to share his food, but would definitely like to share yours, will somehow take up the majority of a king size bed, will pee on command, and likely win a staring contest.

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.” – W.R. Purche

💌 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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