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...