Have you ever seen the 1002 tweets and articles about how “successful people start the day” and wonder who is still reading this stuff? Well, that person is me. In every post I expect to find someone who starts the day like me on an off day when I am not achieving my morning routine. Sadly, I have yet to find an article that reads, “I hit snooze for an hour and a half, brush on my makeup as quick as possible and run out the door.”
What I have noticed is that many people read in the morning. My boss told me a speaker at a conference she recently attended woke up everyday at 5 a.m. to read articles that he could share with his team before preparing for the day. 5 a.m. is not a plan I am willing to get behind but I do like starting my day by exercising my brain. One of my favourite things to do as I groggily pull myself from dreamland is read e-newsletters from people I look up to. Not only does this process keep me in the know about world events, but it gets me thinking and sometimes gives me something to share with my team. Today, I thought I’d share some of my favourite newsletters that make me applaud when they hit my inbox! Click the underlined links to sign up for yourself.
That’s What She Said: Words and Work by Anne Donahue
I found Anne through a friend’s Twitter a few years ago. It only took a few scrolls down her timeline for me to decide she might be the funniest person I follow. I was shocked to discover years later after reading a lot of her articles that Anne produces a newsletter! The content of her emails are fun and uplifting but still make you think. Most of the posts contain thoughts that would relate to most twenty-somethings and put you in a good headspace for the day. To top off a good thing, each one ends with a Leo DiCaprio GIF.
Aliza Licht’s Blackboard
My girl Aliza (author of Leave Your Mark) is still keeping us knowledgeable with her newest project. This fairly new newsletter tackles topics similar to what you would find in her book including office politics, worries about what you should be doing with your life, and feeling like an imposter. The latest featured special guests like Emmy Rossum and Katherine Power. This is a great read for twentysomethings trying to figure out their career path!
Frequency: Kind of random (approx. twice a month)
Lenny Newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
I’ve been hearing about Lenny since it first launched – and for good reason. This e-newsletter was a breakthrough when it came to bringing feminist conversations to your inbox. I love the variety provided in the emails that show up each week – from celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence to men teaching women to understand violence. Lena created the letter as a “snark-free place for feminists to get information on how to vote, eat, dress, f*ck and live better” and I think she has achieved that well. This week’s issue held a powerful essay from author Jessica Knoll that got me out to the store last night to buy her book.
Frequency: Twice a week
The Skimm was the first e-mail newsletter I ever signed up for. The authors provide you with everything you need to know to start your day. As someone who inevitably runs out of the house some mornings, I find it a good way to know quickly get a handle of what is going on in the world. Unfortunately, the newsletter is American based but it gives you a good indication of what the world is looking like.
Frequency: Daily – Monday to Friday