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Woman With A Plan - Issue #14

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.If you are anxious you are living in the future.If y

Woman With A Plan

January 12 · Issue #14 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
― Lao Tzu

A Hazy Shade of Winter
As someone prone to seasonal depression, the post-holiday march into winter is always a challenging time of year. Gone are the frequent social events, family gatherings, and an uplifting soundtrack. December is like a claymation North Pole filled with dancing reindeer and happy elves, whereas January is the actual North Pole, cold and void of color. I always feel a bit rudderless at this point, but I’m trying a new strategy to get through it. At a dinner party a while back, a friend suggested taking a minute each day to give thanks for something we appreciate. My husband liked the idea so much, he left a helpful reminder inside the medicine cabinet (no doubt in hopes that I’ll appreciate him more often). I’m a few days in and starting off small, but there’s already something uplifting about looking for bright spots during an otherwise gloomy season. Maybe someday one of those bright spots will be the one in the sky. 🙏
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Media Diet
Oh my, Oprah! I’m still basking in the glow of last Sunday’s Golden Globes, an evening filled with powerful, outspoken women (and less impressive men). If you haven’t watched this incredible speech, stop everything and watch it RIGHT NOW. 
So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.
Wish I was watching it with these two
Bravo to Debra Messing and Natalie Portman too. 🙌 
Seth Meyers did a solid hosting job, but I’m more interested in the important work he and his wife - a former prosecutor - are doing to combat sex trafficking
Well, that hashtag didn’t last long. #whywewearpink?
Aaand just like that, we already have multiple debates whether an Oprah presidency would work. #holdyourhorses
I’ve had this song in my head all week, which reminded me to catch up on this revealing NY Times Magazine interview with Jay-Z. I applaud his honesty and self-awareness.
Last October, an anonymous female journalist created a Google spreadsheet for women in the media to share stories (and warnings) of sexual harassment and assault by male colleagues. It quickly went viral and the author shut it down within 12 hours. She also lost her job. This week, she outed herself and like many other women, I thank her for her bravery.
I can completely relate to this introvert’s guide to surviving work events. I’m also a fan of the Irish exit when I’m ready to escape back to my hotel room for a hot bath.
This makes me feel better about losing out on a yoga package at the school auction.
Ever wonder how alligators survive in the winter? My kids are going to love this.
I adored these comments on friendships from my favorite blog. Great ideas to give a try (though I’ll take a pass on the drum line). 
Congrats to my BFF! My invitation should be arriving any day now…
via @badasscrossstitch
Open Tabs
I’m a total sucker for free samples and Nordstrom is offering a whopping 21-piece-set with any $125 beauty purchase. Jackpot!
I’ve never met a striped top I didn’t like and this new one from Anthropologie caught my attention. Here are a few more high, medium, and low-priced options to check out.
Lavender is the new millennial pink, so I’m told. Here are a few options if you’re looking to get in on the trend. (Just for fun.)
This sweater is a little funky, but there’s something I like about it. It would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. 
Once upon a time, my baby registry google doc was widely circulated among friends. Since most of the links are outdated, this list looks like a solid replacement for any new parents on the horizon (part II). 
Drawing by Erin Whitman
Have a Relaxing Weekend.
Woman With A Plan is weekly newsletter by Sarah Richey, a Seattle-based working mom of three feminists in the making.
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