DECEMBER

 

Read

THE AMBITION INTERVIEWS

I'm enjoying working my way through this series of essays recently published by The Atlantic, exploring female ambition and charting the wildly varying choices and perspectives of the authors' college graduating class. This essay rethinking definitions of success is particularly thought-provoking.

 

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?

It's that time of year when all thoughts seemingly turn to New Year's resolutions (and I'm definitely not exempt - keep an eye out for a post on that coming soon). This year though, instead of making the usual commitments to !!totally overhauling!! your entire life and transforming into a harder/better/faster/stronger version of yourself, why not focus on making a few smaller changes instead - specifically changes that will make your life more enjoyable? I quite like these sensible suggestions, most of which seem to be geared towards doing just that.

 

From Paulina Olowska's 2014 Au Bonheur des Dames exhibition

From Paulina Olowska's 2014 Au Bonheur des Dames exhibition

28 CREATIVE GREATS

This New York Times roundup of the creative geniuses who defined culture in 2016 is an excellent collection of some of the best profiles I've read this year (plus a couple more that I've yet to get round to). No better way to get inspired for the year ahead than by reading about creative greats such as Zadie Smith, Paulina Olowska and Donatella Versace.

 

LONG READS OF THE YEAR

Settle in for the afternoon with Longread's collection of the best stories of 2016, helpfully divided by themes including food writing, arts and culture, and political analysis - so you'll find something to suit whatever mood you're in. If you're having trouble choosing from what is a pretty extensive collection, Collier Meyerson's excellent piece on cultural appropriation and 'hood culture (from the Under-Recognised Stories collection) is a good place to start.

 

Do

BACK TO WORK

With any luck, you're probably still revelling in that glorious no-man's land between Christmas and New Year's Day (although if you're back in the office already, condolences). Make heading back to work next week that little bit easier to bear with these quick and easy tips, all of which can be achieved from the comfort of your sofa.

 

Use

THE CLIENT EMAIL HELPER

Struggle to draft those tricky client emails negotiating money, contracts, and other project terms? You'll love this incredible tool, which takes all of the confusion (and awkwardness) out of the negotiation process by providing a simple template that helps you clearly, politely, and firmly communicate your thoughts.