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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] MARCH 20

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1. Happy Monday. Let’s kickstart the new week with a new podcast, shall we? This one is with The Nue Co.'s founder Jules Miller, who I also interviewed live on our Facebook pageIn the podcast interview, she shares even more insights into how she got her business off the ground. Jules is a true hustler - I defy you to not feel motivated by her!

2. ‘No regrets’ and all that, but sometimes you do kinda wish you’d done things a little differently…99u asked some leading design figures to share their own hard-earnt career lessonsLearn from their mistakes.

3. As well as keeping you well-fed and well-nourished, our pals at DIMES want you to stay #warmandinformed with this cool sweatshirt featuring friendly reminders of the phone numbers for the House and Senate. Get yours at DIMES Market

4. Never not interested in new ways about thinking about our relationships with our phones. (Sigh). As usual, The Book of Life offers a fresh and helpful perspective

5. A thought-provoking (and very well-written) profile on the writer Ariel Levy and the relationship between fertility and feminism by Hadley Freeman. 

6. Londoners! My talented friend Suz Pettigrew is showing a video installation and live performance titled ‘the difference between (a mirage and realness)’, as part of Touch Sensitive; a series of individual art events exploring representations of "female" bodies, curated by Cairo Clarke at Guest Projects. It’s this Thursday and you should definitely check it out.

7. New York got hit by a faux-blizzard on Tuesday and like most of the city I worked from home and half-watched a load of Netflix. I was so inspired by this episode of Chef’s Table focusing on the Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan, who cooks world-class ‘temple food’ from her stunning garden in rural South Korea. A lesson in true mindfulness and the art of applying your spirituality to your craft.

8. I also watched the Minimalism documentary which I didn’t love quite so much but did get me thinking about what how we can apply the same principles of simplicity and thoughtfulness to our careersHere’s more on that from Forbes.

9. Actually, that’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Case in point: this blog post onhow to take a minimalist approach to creativity, which I wrote back in 2015. 

10. And for my next read… Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success and Happiness,which explores the insidious dangers of ‘following your passion’.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] MARCH 13

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1. Last week’s WORK PARTY was such a great way to spend International Women’s Day - thanks to the lovely crew of women in attendance, and to our guest mentor Sarah Law of KARA. You can watch back the full interview on our Facebook page over here.

2. It won’t be news to anyone that I’m a huge fan of the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieRead this interview from The Guardian with her to find out why, if you don’t know already (it also features an excerpt from her forthcoming book, Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions, which I’ll obviously be purchasing.)

3. Did you see that Nike has made its first performance hijab?Sick! (If long overdue)  

4. Londoners (especially those of you working in fashion) - here’s one for your cultural calendar: Fashion in Film Festival’s 10th anniversary programme is packed with iconic celluloid style moments, from 1960s Hong Kong classic In The Mood for Love (see movie still above!) to Roger Vadim’s Barbarella

5. On International Women’s Day, the Guardian ran some career tips from a whole host of successful women, (including my friend Sharmadean Reid) I particularly liked Melissa Fleming advice to “...seek a workplace that has a real record of supporting the advancement of women. Just as important – choose a partner who is your equal and friends who are your champions. “Having it all” means more than rising to the top in your career. Finding community, nurturing family, maintaining health and having fun makes it worthwhile.”

6. Ever dreamed of being the kind of person who reads a book a week? Me too. Sean Kim tells you how (his reading list is also worth perusing if you’re looking for your next title).

7. I always enjoy the Longform podcast and I especially enjoyed last week’s episode with GQ staff writer Caity Weaver, who explains how she went from attending one of the worst schools in Pennsylvania to being the only woman Elon Musk follows on Twitter. She’s also hilarious.

8. Feel like you need a digital detox? Here’s why it might actually be a bad idea.

9. Bloomberg Businessweek do it right. I love the format (and content) of the ‘How Did I Get Here?’ feature. Here’s one with personal finance expert Suze Orman.

10. Not quite sure why I haven’t included this in the newsletter sooner, because it’s so crucial: BUY UP is an app that shows which companies and brands support women, so you can shop for equality. Put your money where your mouth is!

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] MARCH 6

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1. It’s a big week! On Wednesday we’re marking International Women’s Day with the return of WORK PARTY in a really gorgeous Breatherspace in downtown New York. If you haven’t yet picked up your ticket, please do! Newsletter subscribers (aka you!) get 15% off with the discount code ‘MONDAYSAREFINE’

2. If you’re still not entirely sure what a WORK PARTY actually *is* you canread a breakdown of our new ‘n’ improved format over here. In addition to a guided co-work session (and plenty of free snacks!) we’ve added a live Q&A with guest speaker Sarah Law aka founder of KARA, who I also interviewed as past of the Summer School series last year. If you’re not familiar with Sarah’s line of chic, minimal handbags and backpacks, you should probably get familiar (heads up: subscribe to her newsletter for 10% off your first order).

3. In case you missed it, last week also saw the return of Group Hang - aka the mentor sessions we livestream on our Facebook page - with The Nue Co.’s founder, Jules Miller. Watch back the full Q&A over here.

4. And if all that wasn’t enough for ya, there’s a fresh episode of the Make it Work podcast up, too - this time with FRAME’s co-founder Pip Black. Listen to hear Pip drop gems on the UK’s burgeoning fitness industry, the art of successful business partnerships, and much more!

5. Elsewhere on the internet, VOGUE is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with the American Women Project: a selection of photographs - and accompanying reports - that capture modern American women from coast to coast. It’s breathtaking. 

6. Determined to have your *most productive week ever*?! Harvard Business Review. has some ideas on how to get more done, right now. As in, now now. 

7. But, you know, make sure the stuff you’re getting done is actually the stuff worth doing. Inc. offers advice on how to prioritise the strategic rather than just dealing with the urgent. The Monday morning tip is one I might have to adopt. 

8. And if you need some inspiration before you crack on with all that work… The New Yorker’s profile of director extraordinaire Melina Matsoukas - aka the woman behind Beyonce’s Formation, countless other fabulous music videos, and HBO’s hilarious Inscecure - is a good place to start. 

9. For your next Netflix n’ chill session: Be sure to check out this episode of new series Abstract: The Art of Design which charts the rise of interior designer, Ilse Crawford (thanks to The WW Club memberPortia Barnett-Herrin for the rec!)

10. Easy listening to start your week off right: the sublime Fin from the equally sublime Syd. 

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