Weekender Issue #68

The Assist Newsletter
February 4, 2023
Weekender 68

Brainteaser of the day: In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower — everything was pink! What color were the stairs?

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


🎗️ To #CloseTheCareGap
Today is World Cancer Day and it’s time to act. Check out how we can create a world without cancer here >

To Habit Tracking Apps
We’re one month into the new year — how are your resolutions holding up? If you need help keeping up, here are some of the best habit tracking apps >

🧣 To A Cozy Sweater
Bundle up this winter with a luxurious new sweater. Check out these best sweaters for 2023 >

🎉 To Celebrating Your Failures
You know it’s okay to fail fearlessly — it’s 2023 people! Time to to start learning and growing from our mistakes >

🍹 To A New Drink
Have you had a Pisco sour? Today is its National holiday. Try out this cocktail here >


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Do you suffer from burnout whiplash


After my own experience with burnout, and after coaching several assistants during and after burnout, I’ve noticed an understandable yet disturbing trend. Most of us tend to experience “burnout whiplash”.

Burnout whiplash is the name I’ve given our unconscious response to circumstances after surviving burnout. It can look like:

  • Not taking a promotion out of fear of taking on too much and burning out again
  • Setting up hypervigilant “boundaries” in hopes that no one will “cause us” to burn out ever again
  • Being overly reactive to people and situations
  • Constantly being on the hunt for the next role because our current position isn’t a “perfect” fit (as though there is some magical perfect role out there)
Can you relate to any of these responses?

For a couple of years after my stroke, the ground I walked on was unsteady. Once sure of my ability to control everything (my marriage, my job, friends, etc), I began to realize I had absolutely no control (lost my marriage, lost my job, had almost no friends). This caused me to become overly reactive to everything in my life.

Here’s the truth. Whether I realized it at the time or not, I did have control over what mattered most. I had control over my thoughts, feelings, and actions, which directly affected my results.

When you realize where your power lies, you no longer have to shrink back from your circumstances, or live a reactionary life. You can stand in the fullness of who you are.

Depending on what you’re dealing with, you may need to hire a therapist (great for understanding your past & helping you move forward).

For less severe cases, a coach (great for pointing out patterns and thoughts that are holding you back) may be appropriate.

I’ve worked with both at different times in my life, and they’re both fantastic.

If you feel like you could benefit from coaching, and you’re curious whether working with me as your coach would be a good fit, feel free to email me at [email protected]. I’d be happy to set up a complimentary discovery call.

To learn more about Annie, please visit her website: WholeAssistant.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.


February Career Horoscope


The month of February has all the chances to become our fave-uary, and here’s why: Aquarius season.

The water bearer is coming to help us all heal, accept our authenticity, collaborate and create something that will change our lives and last another lifetime! No toxic vibes — ‘we are one’ energy only 💚🙌

To keep a positive attitude through the month, equip yourself with the Nebula app. Let it be your source of daily affirmations and encouraging personalized horoscopes in February and further.

Discover the first glass-half-full of news for the month in Nebula’s career horoscope below.

Aries – Be firm in what you think!

This month, it will be super advisable for you to be firm about what you think and feel about your career. Be open to new ideas, but if someone encourages you to abandon your gut’s decisions, be very careful before putting their urges into action. Your intuition will lead you to success this month, so don’t let others influence you, and follow your path.

Taurus – Lean into your positivity to see opportunities appear!

This month is an excellent time in your career to employ the side of you that can easily overcome problems and find solutions quickly. The key to it is having a positive attitude at work right now. Taking a ‘glass half full’ approach to your work this month (even if challenges are presented) will increase the opportunities being delivered to you. If you are in a situation in your career where you are struggling to find the positives, then turn to gratitude – even in the most severe times, you will find an abundance of things to feel grateful for if you seek them out, and this will put your mind and energy back on the right track.

Gemini – Do not stay where you are unfulfilled

There’s a lot of ‘newness’ and ‘freshness’ in your energies right now, and this is acting as a reminder that you should not stay where you feel unfulfilled. Stagnancy will not serve you in these new energies you are discovering. It’s all part of the bigger picture, but to thrive in your career this month, you need to be active in removing yourself from situations that do not align with you.

Cancer – Focus on self-nourishment, and inspiration will follow!

Regarding work, you may feel somewhat guilty for struggling to find self-motivation and inspiration this month. If this is the case, you need to take a moment and stop allowing your inner critic to put you down. Nobody is inspired 100% of the time, and that is fine. So do your best to unwind. There are plenty of opportunities coming to motivate yourself and push forward. For now, listen to what your body and mind are saying and rest, keep grounded and find time to nourish yourself – you’ll feel inspired and motivated again in no time.

Leo – Opportunity is all around!

You are surrounded by opportunities this month in your career, making it a fascinating time. New roads are virtually all around, and right now, you will be offered many chances to glow up at work and take some giant leaps toward achieving your big goals. However, these opportunities will pass you by if you are not in an active place of being ready to receive an upgrade in this area of your life. A positive outlook is key.

Virgo – Ask for opinions and advice to get the right outcome!

Before making decisions at work this month, especially the big ones, seek advice. This could come from your colleagues, managers, business partners, or even friends who may not necessarily be linked to your work. Your gut will tell you who the right people to ask are. This will give you more context and help you see new perspectives you have not considered, allowing you to make better decisions and have more successful outcomes. Feel free to share your thoughts and ask for opinions. It will massively benefit you.

Libra – Reflection will lead you to a place of thriving!

This month will bring situations in your career that make you doubt if you are on the right path. The great news is that this leads you to better things, so do not fret about this. The most effective way to deal with these doubts is to look within and see the root concern. Doing this will highlight the areas of your career you wish to improve. Once you know this, you can be active in improving those areas, and later in the year, this work will really come to fruition, and you will step into an energy and period of genuinely thriving.

Scorpio – Step into your natural entrepreneurial skills!

This month, you will find a new lease of life in your career by stepping into your natural entrepreneurial skills. For example, you are a born leader and possess many skills that make a great one. You encourage others to push themselves forward, and you are ready to support them when they fall. You are a critical and logical thinker, but you also have incredible emotional intuition that has guided your career more than you know. Embrace any opportunity this month to learn and grow in your particular field. You can never be too skilled or too qualified at what you do. Develop the skills that will help you be a true master in your desired industry or profession.

Sagittarius – Celebrate your wins!

You may feel that you are not exactly where you want to be in your career just yet, but you are closer than ever. It’s all about your inner emotional state, and to stay on this road heading toward your goals and dreams, you must take some time to take stock and celebrate how far you have already come. You may not have praised yourself before because you may feel unworthy of it (which is not true). You have made positives out of some very adverse situations and overcome many challenges – all of this deserves to be acknowledged. Celebrate yourself. You deserve it – this act will multiply the good things in your career.

Capricorn – Reflect on your career success!

The seeds you have planted in your career, and spent time watering, are finally coming to fruition. Your past hard work, determination, and desire to invest in yourself are coming back around, and with it comes many successes and reasons to be excited about where your career will go next. Right now, it is time to celebrate these successes! They were not easy, and many of you may need to pay more attention to them because you are so fixed on looking ahead. Having goals in your career is vital, but looking to the future must not come at the cost of not being present.

Aquarius – Let go and make space for your career to thrive!

This month, your career focus should be on letting go of anything which does not benefit your progression. This could be clients, colleagues, strategies, or ideas. Many opportunities in your career are trying to find you. Welcome them with open arms, as it will instantly upgrade your working situation. The truth is you are holding onto things that may have worked in the past but have no further use. Leave no stone unturned in your career this month, as the more deadwood you can let go of, the more space you have to receive new and exciting things in their place, which will truly take your career to new heights.

Pisces – Take control of the ‘uncontrollable’!

This month is the perfect time for you to domesticate the wildness in your career. This means there are areas of your career that feel outside of your control and untameable. However, you can control more than you realize – even if it is your emotional response to these things. Remember, event + reaction = outcome. Allow yourself to take more control of things and find that this assertiveness leads you to exciting and beneficial places in your work this month.


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From Kim Kiyosaki


“You choose the life you live. If you don’t like it, it’s on you to change it because no one else is going to do it for you.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :
Poker Face

Song to bump 🎵:
Kill Bill by SZA

Podcast 🎙️:  
This Is Actually Happening

Book 📚:
Communicate Your Feelings by Nic Saluppo

Wishlist Rec 📝:
Portable Carbon Monoxide Detector

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :
White Lotus

Song to bump 🎵:
Flowers by Miley Cyrus

Podcast 🎙️:

Book 📚:
If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair by Anya Hindmarch

Wishlist 📝:
Stanley Cup


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Cleo was recently adopted from a local rescue after her owner’s senior dog passed away. They wanted another male senior dog, but this silly girl big puppy decided that they wanted her! She is much smarter than her humans, obviously.

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