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14 E-Newsletters You Should Subscribe To Right Now

Let’s call a spade a spade: I’ve been slacking on posting regularly here. Don’t believe me? Scroll down to the post before this one. Yeah, its been a while. I can say that I’ve been busy and blah, blah, blah, but that’s some bull we can all smell.

The truth is that I love thinking of new things to post here. In fact, I have multiple lists in multiple journals, devices and slips of paper full of new post ideas. And, you’ll get to read them all soon. I promise (for real this time).

This post in particular was inspired by a Facebook group post from multimedia journalist Samantha Callender. We both contribute to Her Agenda, an information and inspiration hub for millennial women. She asked our group of contributors if anyone knew of some email subscription lists that she could sign up for to stay up-to-date on great opportunities.

I subscribe to a good amount of neat e-newsletters that I’ve been meaning to share out for months. Literally, months. I just never got around to it, until now.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet, may I present to you: 14 E-Newsletters You Should Subscribe To Right Now

Oh, and in case you’re wondering: No, email isn’t dead.

Hopefully these will help you bide time while I work on posting more regularly.

Thanks for the inspiration, Samantha!

  • Unstuck Advice: Inspiration and advice to help you live a better life everyday from the creators of the Unstuck productivity app.
  • The Skimm: An early morning briefing of current events written in the tone of your overly-perky co-worker who doesn’t understand that you haven’t had caffeine yet, but she’s nice (and, smart) so you tolerate her early morning perkiness.
  • Brainpickings: A weekly digest of interestingness. That’s all you need to know because it’s just that good.
  • Today in Tabs: A cross-section of the cool things you missed on the Internet today.
  • Cassandra Daily: This daily newsletter features a themed, curated selection of trends you should know about.
  • Create Daily: I think they say it best: “Awesome gigs and opportunities for creative talent.” Sign-up for The Opportunity Daily AND The Weekly Gig newsletters. You’ll thank me later.
  • Smatterings:  Entrepreneur Saya Hillman curates a twice-monthly newsletter of goodness (inspiration, tips, opportunities and more) that you’ll be excited to receive in your inbox.
  • The Muse: Career advice delivered straight to your inbox so you can stress less about success.
  • Learnvest: Daily tips to help you stylishly live within your means.
  • Contently: If you work in communications then this is a must-read because it’s full of insights about powerful storytelling. ‘Nuff said.
  • Quartz Daily Brief: A straight-forward and straight-to-the-point run-down of the day’s top stories from the editors of Quartz.
  • WWD Morning Report: A briefing on all things fashion and retail from the editors of WWD.
  • The Heretic: A newsletter with tips to help entrepreneurs get shit done.
  • Now I Know: Learn something new everyday. Did you know carrots used to be purple? Now you know.
  • NextDraft: Fascination curated by writer Dave Pell.

If there are any neat e-newsletters that you subscribe to then please feel free to share with the class in the comments section.

Forget Work-Life Balance and Focus on Life Management Instead

Prior to reading Anne-Marie Slaughter’s controversial June 2012 article for The Atlantic entitled, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” I had never spent a lot of time exploring the concept of “Work-Life Balance.” The idea that I couldn’t achieve all my personal and professional goals never occurred to me. Call me optimistic or naive, but the first thing I thought when I read the title of the article was, “Why not?”

Slaughter’s article sparked countless discussions about the idea of “Work-Life Balance,” an idea that people (usually women) have to juggle their professional ambitions against their personal goals.

Here are a few related articles:

  • Straightening Out the Work-Life Balance (NYTimes.com)
  • When are we going to involve men in discussion of work/life balance? (The Guardian)
  • Work-Life Balance Isn’t Just for Moms — All the Single Ladies Want it Too (Jezebel)

I could write a long post about this, but I figured a visual would get my point across just as effectively, or at least quicker.

WorkLifeBalance

WHY I WRITE

WHY I WRITE

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Last week I sought the advice of a lawyer regarding my concerns about pursuing a career in law. I told him about my desire to pursue a career that meshes together my interests in fashion, art, journalism and law. He told me that he could tell from our short time together that I was more of a journalist than a lawyer. I wouldn’t say that it was an earth shattering revelation, but it did put a tiny dent in my ego. He said he saw a gleam in my eye whenever I mentioned journalism or writing.

I still intend to follow the plan I mentioned in my last post. It took me all of 21 years to come up with it, so I might as well give it a shot, right? Now don’t get me wrong. I am not a journalist trying to feign an interest in law. As much as I appreciate the law you have to admit it is not a very inclusive field. I will not truly understand what it means to be a lawyer until I am in the trenches of a court room, or at least when I find myself drowning in a sea of torts during my first year of law school.

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Technology has made the field of journalism more inclusive. So inclusive that anyone with a few ideas and an internet connection can call themselves a journalist. It’s easier for me to call myself a writer or a journalist than a lawyer because writing is something I have always practiced whereas law is not. The gleam that the lawyer saw in my eye when I spoke about writing came not from a lack of passion for the law, but rather a lack of experience in it.

All writers have reasons for writing and I am no different. I can trace my love of words back to when I was in pre-school and my mother would take me to the library every Wednesday evening for story time. It got to the point that eventually I knew my local library like the back of my hand. My parents have always been advocates for education. My trips to the library were supplemented with trips to museums and “Camp Mommy” during the summer. My mother feared that over the summer I would not retain everything I learned during the school year, so many of my summers were spent brushing up on old lessons and learning new things for the upcoming school year. I always got special attention at “Camp Mommy” because I was the only camper.

As an only child I tended to keep to myself. I also had a bit of an accent due to spending a few years in Nigeria as a child. That along with my shy nature made me hesitant to speak out in certain circles. So, I would write. I would write stories, poems, short essays, and diary entries. You name it. It was not that I didn’t have a voice, it was just that I kept it to myself.

My brain has always worked faster than my mouth so sometimes when I spoke two distinct thoughts would come out jumbled into one causing people to say, “What?” and me to reply “Nevermind” and go back to my books.

I wrote because it gave me a chance to organize my thoughts. I wrote because it allowed me to say the things I didn’t get a chance to say out loud. I wrote to fill time. I wrote because I could.

The thing about writing is that eventually you want people to read it. As much as we writers don’t like to admit it, we are fairly egotistical people. Just because I never posed myself as the brightest star in the room didn’t mean that I did not want a chance to shine. Eventually, people began to validate my writing by telling me that it was good (whatever that means). So I began to write more and more still not seeing it as a career, but as a small part of a larger plan. The plan has changed over the years, but now writing plays a much larger role.

While I have developed my own voice and am no longer afraid to speak up I am not that different from that little girl with jumbled thoughts. I still write to organize my thoughts. I still write to fill time. I still write because I can.

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

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You know you have finally made it when people stop asking you what you want to be when you grow up. Since I am asked that question on a regular basis it is very safe to say that I haven’t made it…yet.

That question is certainly more than a handful. No really, it’s ten words. First and foremost, I want to be happy. However, that is never the answer people are looking for when they ask that question. They want to know what I plan to do career-wise because as unfortunate as it is we tend to define people solely by their careers.

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How many times have you been to an event and asked someone what they did in order to break the ice? No one starts off with, “what do you like to do” it’s always “what do you do”  because how you make a living is assumed to be more important than how you like to live.

I suppose you want to know what it is I want to be when I grow up. It’s reason you decided to check out my personal website. A website I created in order to in someway showcase who I am. Admittedly, you won’t be able to fully grasp who I am by clicking a few buttons and reading some paragraphs, nevertheless I want to introduce myself to the World Wide Web.

I am Anuli and when I grow up I want to be happy. My professional interests are in journalism, fashion, art and law. Fashion and art have always been interests of mine while journalism and law came into my life a bit later. My goal is to combine my interests into somesort of cohesive career. I can’t say that I want to be “blank” or “blank” because I really do not like to limit myself to a few options. There are so many things I want to accomplish in my lifetime, so I’ll let you in on a few.

I want to become noted fashion journalist. I admire the work of fashion critics such as Robin Givhan and Cathy Horyn. While this is a blog I want to be known for my journalism because I believe there is a difference. That’s why I decided to add a blog component to this site. I have had many ideas for potential articles, but I would just let them go because sometimes they didn’t fit with the vision of the publication I wanted to send them to. That left me writing pieces in someone else’s voice instead of my own. This blog will feature articles on issues that I find interesting and relevant.

This leads me to my next goal. I want to advocte for creative professionals and help protect them in business and legal matters. It was through an internship with a fashion designer in high school that I was introduced to the idea of intellectual property. While I didn’t immediately seek a career in the field it  was something that I found fascintaing.  In short, I want to become an intellectual property lawyer.

The articles that I intend to post on this blog will stem from my joint interests in fashion and the law. I will also post about any progressions I make on my way to my goals.

So, what do I want to be when I grow up? As far as you know I want to become a notable fashion journalist and lawyer, but my plan for world domination future goals go way beyond those two titles. I am more than my future careers. I am Anuli and one day you will know what that really means.