Weekender Issue #114

The Assist Newsletter
December 20, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


Home Scents Without Chemicals
Purify the air with healthier aromas using natural air fresheners. Breathe easy here >

💃🏻 Dazzling NYE Dresses
Ring in the new year in style with glamorous gowns for the big night. Countdown to celebrations here >

💪🏽 Building Unstoppable Confidence
Level up your self-assurance with tips from this empowering online course. Get fierce in 2023 here >

📚 Getting Financially Woke With This Must-Read
Level up your money knowledge with insights from finance phenom Tori Dunlap’s new book. Close the wealth gap and get empowered here >

🪡 Chilling Out With Acupuncture
Relieve stress and tension by tapping into ancient Chinese medicine. Learn why it works for anxiety relief >


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Yes, being a working mom is good for your kids. Here’s why


Last month as I was preparing for my first work conference since the birth of my daughter I was struck with an immense amount of mom guilt — except this time it was guilt about being a working mom.

I felt guilty for leaving the baby so shortly after a trip to Vegas earlier that month and I also felt guilty for leaving the conference early to get back home to said baby. I didn’t feel fully present for either my family or my job.

Even before becoming a mother, I was adamant that I would continue to work. Writing, for me, is more than a profession, it’s a calling. And I knew that to be my best self — let alone be a good mom — I needed a creative avenue.

I needed to continue pursuing my professional and personal goals. I needed to not tamper my ambition, but rather explore it in new ways, similar to how Beyoncé and Serena Williams shifted gears after they became moms.

Yet doing so has sometimes left me feeling like I’m not doing either job — that of a writer and a mom — particularly well, which has led to depression and anxiety (along with 42% of working moms, according to a recent survey).

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From Toni Morrison, Beloved


“You are your best thing.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :
Still Up

Song to bump 🎵:
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (Of course!)

Podcast 🎙️:
Girls That Invest

Book 📚:
In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn

Wishlist Rec 📝:
AllSaints Dalby Slim Fit Leather Biker Jacket

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Movie to watch 🎥 :
Christmas With The Kranks

Song to bump 🎵:
You’re Losing Me by Taylor Swift

Podcast 🎙️:
Science Vs

Book 📚:
Skipping Christmas: A Novel

Wishlist Rec 📝:
Hatch Restore 2 Sunrise Alarm Clock


Stuff we’re loving rn


💋 Template: End the year by showing your coworkers how much you appreciate them with this free Compliments Board Template. It doesn’t take much time to do, but the impact is long lasting.

🛠️ 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.

🐱 Pet: If you have a cat (aka a bubs, as we like to call them), check out this self-cleaning cat litter box (plus it’s on sale). Clean and reset every 3-4 weeks, and that’s it! No more odor or constant scooping.

📱 App: Book lovers — where you at? Even if you’re not one, consider getting the Goodreads App. Set your reading goal for 2024 and track your progress. Even if you don’t hit your goal, we guarantee it’ll push you to read more than you would’ve without it.


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Chewie pet of the week

This is Chewie.

He is completely exhausted from Christmas Elf-ing. He has been his family’s Christmas Elf for 11 years.

Chewie loves to chase bunnies and squirrels. His favorite thing to do is lay in the sunlight on the deck or in the beams from the window.

During Christmas you will find him laying on a lap or under the Christmas tree on his nice cozy elf Christmas tree skirt.

Merry Christmas!

💌 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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