29 MARCH

 
 
 
This week’s WCW: Solange Knowles, because she’s constantly innovating, inspiring, and pushing creative boundaries. Photographed by Nadya Wasylko for BUST Magazine.  

This week’s WCW: Solange Knowles, because she’s constantly innovating, inspiring, and pushing creative boundaries. Photographed by Nadya Wasylko for BUST Magazine.
 

As we round off the first quarter of 2017 and move into the next, now feels like a pretty good time to take stock of the year so far, wouldn't you say?
 
I’ve been spending the past few days doing just that: analysing what’s gone well, whathasn’t gone so well, and thinking about the ways I want to improve on that for the months ahead. For me, that’s mainly going to involve trying to be more strategic about how I structure my time, as at the moment it feels like there’s a bit of room for improvement on that front.
 
This week why not spend 15 minutes looking back over your start to the year, and thinking about what you want to start, stop or continue doing on the work front in the months ahead? And whilst you’re at it – don’t forget to take stock of the things that have gone well so far this year, and reward yourself accordingly. All work and no play... etc. etc.

Until next week,

 

INSPIRATION INFORMATION

You could do a lot worse than to take career advice from Barack Obama's former Deputy Chief of Staff, and current COO of Vice Media Alyssa Mastromonaco. Her account of how she dealt with sexism – both imagined and real – whilst working at the White House is vital reading.
 
…Or you could listen to Alison Green, the management expert behind New York Magazine’s excellent ‘Ask A Manager’ column. Her latest column about dealing with mansplainers, is full of some really useful strategies for handling a situation every woman will (sadly) find herself in at some point.
 
Writer Jia Tolentino’s New Yorker article on the glamourisation of the ‘always-on’ #hustle culture that increasingly defines our working lives is one of the most spot-on things about the freelance gig economy I’ve read yet. 

High street stalwart COS is my go-to destination for chic, not-too-expensive workwear that actually lasts, so I was pretty intrigued to find out more about the woman behind the brand. Check out creative director Karin Gustaffson’s interview with ES Magazine about her inspirations, the London arts scene, and her very Scandinavian approach to work-life balance.

The creative economy is constantly evolving, and nowhere more so than in available routes to business finance. I've recently stumbled across a book that totally gets that:The Crowdsourceress, by crowdfunding expert (and Forbes 30 under 30 alumni) Alex Daly, who’s built an entire business out of her ability to get people’s Kickstarters funded. If you’re looking for alternative ways to fund your business, creative project or charitable cause, Daly’s book breaks down how to successfully execute crowdfunding campaigns based on her experiences funding projects as diverse as TLC’s latest album (!) and a documentary about Joan Didion. 

Another book recommendation, this time fiction: Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love, which is one of the most incredible insights into the human psyche I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Recently I’ve found myself struggling somewhat with my New Year’s resolution to read more, but I devoured this thought-provoking novel in a matter of days – it is brilliantBuy it now.

Never not crushing on la familia Knowles – case in point: Solange’s sublime photo shoot for the latest issue of Bust magazine (where this week's header image is from).Head over to their website to check out the full shoot, along with a little preview of an interview that covers feminism, work, and her experience of growing up in a house full of women.
 
I’m pretty intrigued by the Saatchi Gallery’s latest exhibition From Selfie to Self-expressionwhich opens this Friday and bills itself as “the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the Old Masters to the present day”.
See you there? I’ll be the one blocking your view the entire time whilst I take a selfie.
 
Some more exhibitions, this time for for our Stateside contingent – check out The New York Times Style Magazine’s review of two upcoming exhibitions (one in New York and one in LA) celebrating the contributions of black women to the landscape of American art.
 
 And finally, a new discovery I’m very into: Bustle’s Grown-Ass Finances series, launched under the premise that “money is a feminist issue”. Amen to that. If you fancy having a peek at how other women handle their finances (and let’s be real – who doesn’t?) be sure to check it out.