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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] JANUARY 16

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1. If (like me) you have an insatiable appetite for other people’s professional routines, you’ll probably love The Cut’s ‘How I Get It Done’ column. Thorough breakdowns of the hows, whens, whys and wheres of successful women’s careers. Prepare to lose an hour or two in the archive.

2. Another one from the archive (but still well worth a read) Broadly’s interview with the inspiring Museum Mammythe 26-year-old social media manager for the Met, who also runs an incubator for black artists and the Black Contemporary Art blog.

3. Some good news: the gender pay gap is down to 5% among UK workers in their 20s. (The bad news: millennial women still face a deficit of almost 30% by the time they are in their mid-40s.) Sigh.

4. I’m a big fan of Chelsea Fagan’s writing on The Financial Diet, especially this searingly-honest account of the pressures of being a girlboss.

5. #Inspo #Inspo #Inspo: 21 of the top female-founded startups to watch in 2017

6. #Inspo and #Gymspo in one: FKA Twigs’ self-directed film for Nike Women (and the letter of explanation and zine - produced in collaboration with my friend Suzannah Pettigrew - that accompany it).

7. Dream article, dream girls: Beyonce interviews her sister Solange (for Interview mag - who else?) 

8. In another powerhouse meets powerhouse situation:Roxane Gay interviews Madonna for Harper’s BAZAAR. (Sample quote: "I've always felt oppressed. I know a lot of people would go, 'Oh, that's ridiculous for you to say that. You're a successful white, wealthy pop star,' but I've had the shit kicked out of me for my entire career, and a large part of that is because I'm female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life.)

9. Six 30-year-old women with wildly varying incomes share their spending and saving habits with ELLE. Fascinating.


10. Just in case you kept your head under your duvet and your eyes off the internet all of last week (kudos to you, if so):Ignore everything except Michelle Obama’s final speech and Meryl Streep calling out Trump at the Golden Globes

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] JANUARY 9

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1. Is one of your goals for 2017 to write more (or simply share more)?The WW Club is looking for contributors and we want to hear from you. Read all about it.

2. Still struggling to kick yourself into gear for 2017? Forbes annual ‘30 under 30’ list should provide sufficient motivation/inspiration via a bunch of 20-somethings who are Killing. The. Game. 

3. Continuing this theme… London-based creative platform It’s Nice That tends to ID new talent quicker than mostHere are some of the artists, designers, and photographers they’ve got their eye on. Take notes!

4. I won’t be embarking on an Instagram-inspired fitness mission anytime soon, but I’m fascinated by the businesswomen who make bank off them. No one does it bigger or better than Kayla Itsines, as Bloomberg Businessweek explores.

5. Speaking of New Year health kicks… Are you on day nine of Dry January? This article on ‘the real reason women drink’ might provide an interesting new perspective on your usual habits.

6. Maybe we’d all drink less if we had a legal right to disconnectas workers now are able to in France.

7. Speaking of smart thinking coming out of France, my very elegant friend Paris-based friend Sofia Nebiolo has just co-founded The Skirt Chronicles: a (very elegant)  “publication founded by women which reflects a feminine voice yet does not exclude anyone from the conversation.” I can’t wait to read it.

8. I know I posted a link to must-visit destinations for 2017 last week, but, really, who can ever get enough travel porn? Not me. Check The New York Times’ inspiring array of suggestions here.

9. More stuff to look forward to in 2017: A whole slew of awesome new novels from women authors, as chosen by Elle. Yay


10. Feeling grey and gross? Girl, I’m right there with you. Give thanks to The Coveteur for this round-up of winter skin savers, from beauty editors who know what’s up. Roll on Spring (or a winter sun escape; whatever you have to look forward to first).

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] JANUARY 2

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1. Happy, happy New Year! I hope the festive period was restful and restorative for you, however you spent it. Last week I hosted a live goal-setting session in London using The WW Club's Make It Work 2017 worksheets (get yours here). If you haven't yet had a chance to sit down and plan for 2017, it's a good week to do that. The year doesn't start properly till next Monday anyway, right?!

2. Still surgically attached to your sweatpants? I feel ya. Here are some of the Guardian's best Long Reads of 2016 to fuel your continued hibernation session. I especially love anything by Oliver Burkeman(check out his story on why time management is ruining our lives).

3. And if you're struggling to process the f*ckery of 2016, look on the bright side with this list of 99 reasons that it was, in fact, a pretty decent year. (No, I'm still not entirely convinced either...)

4. Having just stayed at her home in Los Angeles, I can testify that my brilliantly talented friend Camilla Blackett not only a) owns all the books she's photographed with in this Refinery29 article but b) has actually read them. Check out her recommended reading list and then read this Q&A she did for The WW Club way back.

5.  In the mood for some wanderlust? Lonely Planet rounds up its recommended destinations for 2017. I'll take all of 'em.

6. What happens when women run companies? The Atlantic investigates.

7. R.I.P. Carrie. R.I.P. Debbie. R.I.P. George. Read some of Carrie's best quotes. Rewatch Singin' in the Rain (my favourite childhood movie - this scene, though!) Listen to Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou talking about his incredible career on Desert Island Discs.

8. "If you’re efficient, you’re doing it the wrong way. The right way is the hard way." In our productivity-obsessed working culture, it's all to easy to forget that the fast way is rarely the right way. Take it from a creative genius who knows.

9. I've given up on old-fashioned resolutions (goals are another thing entirely, obv) but I like GQ's list of suggested 'ideas that don't even suck that much'. 


10. And if you're done with ~self-improvement~ for a second, here are five alternatives to making resolutions entirely, courtesy of The Chopra Center. In Deepak we trust. 

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