[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 24
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Happy Monday!

We hope you're reading today's email somewhere warm and fairy light-lit. In lieu of our usual weekly dispatch, we've rounded up some of our most-loved links from newsletters gone by. Best enjoyed in a tracksuit with a glass of champagne by your side.

Wishing you a restful and joyful festive season,

Phoebe & The WW Club

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1. Finding it hard to slow down, even though it's the end of the year (and you're exhausted)? You’re probably a ‘mover’ like Sarah Wilson. Here’s the Australian writer on what that means for her, and here’s the best advice (and antidote) she ever received on how to put those impulsive tendencies to good professional use.

2. In hard times life these, self-care needs to be a little bit more thoughtful than a really expensive face mask. I loved Jenna Wortham’s story in Bon Appetit on figuring out the necessary components for maintaining her own wellness.

3. 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.

4. This round-up of financial advice (and warnings) from eleven famous figures was actually very informative. Thanks, Bloomberg Businessweek.

5. Man Repeller spoke to three women about what they've learned about life, work, and love in 70+ years of life, and the results are just so lovely.

6. "No matter what you do for a living, the only thing you’ll get more and more and more of is hard work. So figure out what kind of hard work feels satisfying to you. Learn to enjoy the hard work, and learn to enjoy the times when you’re not working, and you’ll learn to enjoy life itself." This 'Ask Polly' is a banger. Read read read.

7. Already feeling overwhelmed by your 2019 goals lists? Alain de Botton offers a kinder, gentler philosophy of success.

8. "Instead of bringing about a leisure class living in actual leisure, we have wrought a world where the upwardly mobile are instead obsessed with productivity. Indeed, productivity itself has become a kind of class signifier. Even recreation among the elite bears the hallmarks of work, with metrics and documentation governing all activity. As the increasing demands of work sow anxiety among the elite, leisure time has become a zone heavy with contradiction." Molly Young being brilliant as usual, on wellness, work, and so much more in The New York Times.

9. Are you saving enough money? Or, like, any money? GQ has a helpful guide to figuring out the A to that Q. Key takeaway: start investing now!

10. A concept to ponder while you set your new year goals: What if you already are your best self? Here's to 2019 being a year of self-acceptance, first and foremost.

11. Eleven really,really busy women share their tried and true secrets to getting + staying organised this year.

12. Salute to online teen mag Rookie, which recently closed after seven incredible years. Founder Tavi Gevinson’s Editors Letters have always been one of the best parts of the site and her final note is no exception. It’s an honest explanation of why the platform is folding, but also a deeply vulnerable insight into the challenges and heartbreaks of attempting to monetize something built from love. Anyone who has ever tried to run a business from the heart will relate.

13. Networking is seen as a necessary evil of a successful career, but it doesn't have to be to totally cringful. Hear from three smart women on how to find your people, purposefully and authentically. I especially love the sobering advice from my friend Camilla Blackett on not waiting around for industry connections to give you permission to create great work. 

14, Holiday period got you stressed? Here's a very calm place on the Internet. And breathe...

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 17
Sandy Welch on a Monday

Sandy Welch on a Monday

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1. If you're on a quest for greater focus and clarity in 2019, we have some good news: The Q Planner is back in stockOur first ever planner features pages to help you outline your focus for the quarter, set key goals for work and personal experiences, and breakdown your to-do’s for each month - plus a page for every day. The first batch sold out in less than 24 hours, so you might want to 'add to cart' sooner rather than later. 

2. A new year means a new way of thinking about your workflow.This Medium article on grouping your to-do's via mental statereiterates a method we've long advocated. (For more on this, check our 'Best Week, Every Week' worksheet). 

3. Looking to stock up on some inspiring nonfiction for the holiday period? The Cut rounds up some of the best career books out there, according to people who know what they're talking about. Might we humbly suggest checking out The Working Woman's Handbook, if you haven't already?

4. Good news for the planning types, cont'd: the 2019 edition of ourMake It Work worksheet pack is also here. Download yours now for a headstart on the year ahead. It's gonna be a good one, we can feel it.

5. But before all that... It's the end of year, and you deserve a break! Can't seem to stop working? This manifesto on leisure might inspire you.

Happy holidays to everyone, and thank you for making time to read this newsletter all year. 

We're going into 'recharge and rebuild' mode for a few weeks while we work on some exciting changes BTS, but we'll back (and better!) before you know it.

See you on the other side.

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Andy Warhol From A to B and Back Again at the Whitney reconsiders the work of an iconic American artist.

LOS ANGELES

Vivian Maier: Living Color at KP Projects offers a chance to see new images from the enigmatic photographer.

LONDON

Use your holiday downtown time to check out 'Vintage Works' from Bill Brandt at Michael Hoppen Gallery.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 10
Julie Mehretu on a Monday

Julie Mehretu on a Monday

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1. Woah! It’s already the final week of The WW Club Class of 2018. Thank you to everyone who enrolled and got involved - we hope you learnt some things. If you missed the memo and want to get play catch up, The Work Book is a streamlined way to do just that. It features all the assignments from the year’s curriculum, as well as 9 original worksheets that will help you do everything from writing a business plan for You, Inc. to redefining your own vision of success. Get yours here. (P.S. Our Q Planner sold out in a day! But fret not - more copies are on the way).

2. If your 2019 plan involves being more creative in any capacity, then make some time for Jerry Saltz’s 33 rules on How To Be An Artist. It’s full of gems that apply all kinds of career - I particular like this one: “The best definition of success is time — the time to do your work.”

3. As well as being one of the funniest people on Twitter, Chrissy Teigen is lowkey creating her own business empire - and it’s the anthesis of GOOP. This Slate article charts Teigen’s success, and makes some salient observations on the problematic messaging underneath Gwyneth Paltrow’s counterpart lifestyle brand: “Women are taught from a young age that we can make ourselves worthy and healthy through regulating what we put in our mouths (versus, say, advocating for humane boundaries in our work lives) and, moreover, that extreme control should be joyful in and of itself.” Food for thought, indeed.

4. Not an entertaining read, but a deeply useful one for some of you reading this. New Yorkers, did you know about the Freelance Isn’t Free Act that went into effect in May of last year? It guarantees your rights to contracts and timely payments - or else your employer is legally required to pay you double your original fee. Gamechanger.Learn more here.

5. Salute to online teen mag Rookie, which is closely after seven incredible years. Founder Tavi Gevinson’s Editors Letters have always been one of the best parts of the site and her final note is no exception. It’s an honest explanation of why the platform is folding, but also a deeply vulnerable insight into the challenges and heartbreaks of attempting to monetize something built from love. Anyone who has ever tried to run a business from the heart will relate.

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

At The Hayward Gallery, find a curation of sculptures and art pieces that disrupt and alter our sense of space. See works from Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama among others.

NEW YORK

Now on view at the Museum of the City of New York, three photographers spent years documenting the lives of Chinese New Yorkers in the city that’s home to the largest ethnically Chinese population outside of China.

LOS ANGELES

At The Getty, MONUMENTality explores how humans have created physical markers of history through the centuries with monuments.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 3
Sonia Delaunay on a Monday

Sonia Delaunay on a Monday

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1. First up: We couldn't find the perfect planner (to us that meant: compact/clean design/actually useful) so we made one ourselves. The Q Planner follows our ethos of taking things one quarter at a time...and also carving out space for gratitude, big goals, and - crucially - yourself, every single dayGet yours here.

2. There's also The Work Book - a sleek and streamlined collection of all our best assignments and worksheets from the Class of 2018. Buy the physical or digital versions over here.

3. "It's not a dirty word. I want to be rich!" Call Your Girlfriendpodcaster/digital strategist/influencer (her choice of job title, not ours) Aminatou Sow's Work Diary for The New York Times features some very inspiring day rates.

4. "In the past, being relaxed and not burdened with too much work was a sign of status. Now, being extremely busy shows you are important. If you are not insanely overburdened, then you are seen as a slacker." This article from The Guardian will make you reconsider'coasting' in your job (at least for these final few weeks of the year. Bet you're tired. We are).

5. Speaking of slowing down: Writer and essaying Pico Iyer makes a very compelling case for doing just that on Oprah's Super Soul Conversations. I'm off to read his new book The Art of Stillness(slowly).

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

Politics, comedy, and art become one in Black Mirror: Art As Social Satire at Saatchi Gallery which features work from 26 contemporary artists.

NEW YORK

Charles White: A Retrospective at MoMA features four decades of powerful portraits of African-Americans.

LOS ANGELES
On view at LACMA now, 3D: Double Vision is the first American exhibition to survey a full range of artworks, dating from 1838 to the present, produced in three dimensions.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 26
William T. Williams on a Monday

William T. Williams on a Monday

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1. Janelle Monáe: Genius musician, actress, performer, and entrepreneur. This Fast Company profile is full of inspiring tidbits to inspire your own vision for what work could mean... Her Atlanta-based creative empire Wondaland sounds like the work/life dream:"Organization, strategy, and a tight group of trusted collaborators keep Janelle Monáe’s artistic world spinning." Spin on, Janelle.

2. We all know that Instagram is changing the way we see the world, ourselves, and each other, but it feels almost impossible to parse out these effects in real time. Thankfully we have brilliant writers like Jenna Wortham to do some of the hard thinking for us, as in this piece on social media and gender identity for The New York Times Magazine.

3. The quest for a better morning routine continues. Here are some more tips to mine when crafting your own. A key takeaway: to be mindful of what energizes you, even if it's not the conventional gym-meditation-matcha routine we all think we should be doing. It might be playing with your cat. If so, make time for it.

4. Hilton Als (have you read White Girls? You should) on Missy Elliotfor The New Yorker c. 1997A joy from start to finishMuch like Missy herself. [Via @judnikki]

5. 100 influential women from around the world, as selected by the BBC, to help inspire your 2019 energy. Let's bring it.

HAPPENINGS


The 20th anniversary tour of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill reaches London on December 3 at the O2.

NEW YORK

Soul of A Nation: Art In the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983" - including the work of local painter William T. Williams, shown above.

LOS ANGELES

Artist Jordan Wolfson's immersive environment featuring a robotic sculpture, (Female figure), 2014, is on view at The Broad now.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 19
Anna Maria Maiolino on a Monday

Anna Maria Maiolino on a Monday

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1. Oprah x Michelle OSay no more. 

2. Monday already got you stressed? Here's a very calm place on the Internet. And breathe...

3. Continuing in this vein: Some compelling thoughts on slowness, via the ever-thoughtful Vestoj.

4. Five universal laws of success, according to someone who did the research. 

5. Is it part of the responsibility of the artist to elevate the taste of his or her audience, at least in part? Some food for thoughtvia BrainPickings.

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

Our LA friends at Everybody.World are heading over the pond for a pop-up at Ace Hotel London. They'll be selling their soul-lifting wares and hosting some cool programming. Get involved.

NEW YORK

‘ERRÂNCIA POÉTICA (POETIC WANDERINGS)' is a new solo exhibition from the eminent Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino, whose work is shown at the top of this email. It just opened at Hauser & Wirth.

LOS ANGELES

Explore and be inspired by avante-garde graphic design from California from 1975-1995, a time with dizzying technological innovation and social change at West of Modernism: California Graphic Design at LACMA.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 12
Toyin Ojih Odutola on a Monday.

Toyin Ojih Odutola on a Monday.

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1. Let’s start the week on a tasteful note, shall we? The Gentlewoman’s EIC Penny Martin recently spoke to The Cut about politics, academia, and her unexpected career in fashion. It makes for an inspiring read. (For more from Penny, check out her interview inThe Working Woman’s Handbook.)

2. There are things that come up in life that you can’t just navigate around. You have to go straight through them.” Heather Havrilesky (aka Ask Polly) is a wise woman and a brilliant writer (interviewed here by Broadly). Can’t wait to read her new book, What If This Were Enough.

3. Ever feel lonely? Often feel lonely? You’re definitely not alone (no pun intended). Psychology Today explores an ‘epidemic’ of our times, and offers some helpful ideas for reconnecting.  

4. Stop giving your power away. No, but really

5. For visionary make-up artist and creative director Isamaya Ffrench,the future is bright

HAPPENINGS

LONDON

All I Know Is What's On The Internet is an exhibition at The Photographer's Gallery in which contemporary artists document 21st-century photography and how we consume visual knowledge on a daily basis. 

NEW YORK

See works from Nigerian artist Toyin Ojih Odutola alongside Elijah Burgher and Nathaniel Mary Quinn in For Opacity at The Drawing Center downtown. 

LOS ANGELES

Inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962), One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art at MOCA of over 100 paintings is “termite art” in that, in Farber’s words, “the artist seems to be ingesting both the material of his art and the outside world through horizontal coverage.”

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