Weekender Issue #112

The Assist Newsletter
December 8, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: Forrest left home running. He ran a ways and then turned left, ran the same distance and turned left again, ran the same distance and turned left again. When he got home, there were two masked men. Who were they?

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


👠 Dazzling Holiday Dresses
Shine bright this season with the most festive and fabulous frocks. Bonus: the entire list is from Amazon >

🙋🏾‍♀️ Relief From PMS Symptoms
Beat bloat, cramps, and other monthly woes with natural remedies. See the best food and supplements for PMS >

🎀 Chic Braided Hair For Parties
Dazzle this season with trendy, french braid styles for your next big bash. Get ready to stun here >

👩‍🍳 A New Cookbook
Start the new year out delicious with the hottest recipe books right now. Whip up new faves here >

💸 To Acing Your 2024 Financial Plans
Be a money boss going into the new year with tips for budgets, goals, and smart spending. Slay your finances here >


The Challenge Bowl


Miro - The Challenge Bowl

The Challenge Bowl is a fun and easy way for team members to answer questions and complete short activities to deepen team bonds.

Pick one item from the Challenge Bowl each day to liven up daily meetings or run through the entire board to engage your team during virtual team lunches or happy hours.

How it Works:

  • 🗣️ You’ll need a logged-in facilitator to reveal hidden frames
  • 📝 Each team member takes turns selecting a challenge (numbered sticky note from the bowl). Tip: Use the color key to determine whether you select a silly question, thoughtful question, or a short activity.
  • ✅ The facilitator reveals the challenge and team members must answer a question or complete the activity before moving on to the next item.

Be prepared for some fun, giggles, and even some deep thinking. You can even customize the template to create your own Team Challenge Bowl tailored for your team.

🙌 Get the free Challenge Bowl Template


Leverage love languages at work to improve your office culture


If you’re a full-time professional, you spend a lot of time with your coworkers, so it’s worth developing healthy, happy work relationships.

While most often applied to personal relationships, understanding your coworkers’ love languages — like quality time — can improve these connections.

This is especially true if you’re a manager wanting to appreciate your team so they feel motivated to continue working hard.

You can use various love languages at work to empathize with them and show gratitude in a way that they respond well to.

Using the 5 love language in the workplace

Everyone needs to feel appreciated to know they’re contributing valuable work and ideas.

But effectively demonstrating appreciation often requires more than saying “Good job.”

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If you’re tired of hangovers, but don’t want to quit drinking, read on



We get it.

🍷 That glass of wine at the end of the day, or partying over the weekend seems like the go-to reward for your busy, stressed life.

But what if there was a better way to unwind? A way to savor a drink without sacrificing your health or productivity.

That’s where Sunnyside comes in. They don’t shame you for enjoying alcohol. They know you deserve to relax — but as high-achieving women, we also want to take care of our bodies and minds.

So, Sunnyside offers personalized guidance to build a healthier relationship with drinking. One that works for your lifestyle. No more worrying about overdoing it or dreading the morning after.

Don’t we deserve to have it all — rewarding careers, active social lives, and healthy bodies?

☀️ Try Sunnyside free today


From Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider


“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :
A Nearly Normal Family

Song to bump 🎵:
You by Gold Panda

Movie 🎥:
Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Book 📚:
Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

Wishlist Rec 📝:
Vinabon Wine Aerator

Cameron’s Recs



Other we’re loving rn


  💊 Supplement: Restore your inner radiance with NativePath collagen for stronger nails, shinier hair and healthy joints.

💋 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.

📄 ReportCareerBuilder’s Hiring Managers: State of Hiring and Retention Report is the holy grail for anyone involved in hiring and retention at work. Key topics include the current state of hiring, how offer packages are changing, 2023 retention trends, and the future of work environments.

🛠️ ToolSanebox is something our team has been using to dig ourselves from anxiety inducing amounts of emails to inbox zero. It learns your behavior to help streamline your email mgmt process. We are especially loving the @SaneBlackHole folder that keeps unwanted emails out.


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Lena Burdett


Lena Burdett pet of the week

The pictures say it all.

She’s cute, playful, smart, and she’ll give you a hundred kisses (licks), IF you let her.

She has four different breeds in her. Can you guess them?

💌 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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