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Living in the now, debating the worst places in New York, and eating homemade ice cream
My advice column, Dear Jilla, is coming soon. Don’t forget to submit your questions on heartbreak, hardship, and healing here.
Sit with negative emotions, don’t push them away by Arthur C. Brooks. The perennial lesson!
Your happily ever after begins right now by Francesca Specter, author of the Alonement newsletter. Francesca hits on two of my personal truths. 1. Life is not on pause. Life does not wait for the right circumstances. This, right now, is your life, and it’s all you have. 2. If you’re single, your next relationship is already on the way, so you’d better enjoy your freedom while you can.
In the Covid economy, you can have a kid or a job. You can’t have both. by Deb Perelman. Especially if you’re a woman.
More women like me are choosing to be childfree. Is this the age of opting out? by R. O. Kwon. This article comes from a Guardian series exploring women who are childfree called “Isn’t that selfish?” that I have a loooooot of thoughts on.
You want a Confederate monument? My body is a Confederate monument. by Caroline Randall Williams. This powerful piece opens with the line “I have rape-colored skin.” Williams’ point of view is a crucial one.
Anything you say in this Trader Joe’s line may be used against you by Judith Newman. I love nothing more than effective pettiness.
Questionable self-care advice
Support I got that you might need to hear
You should know about
Last night I attended a digital orientation for Showing Up for Racial Justice NYC, which uses community organization and education to move white people to act for racial justice. They talked through the organization’s mission, paired us up with someone who can be a support system, and gave us immediate ways to get involved with important antiracism causes in our communities this week. If you’re in NYC, here’s the next orientations, and if you’re not, here’s how you can find a chapter near you.
Jeremy Caplan of the Wonder Tools newsletter suggested I try Focusmate, a service that matches you up with a digital accountability partner to help you work on the task at hand for 50 minutes at a time. You tell each other what you’re working on, then basically have someone sitting in the corner of your screen putting that extra pressure on you to get shit done; at the end of the session you shared what you achieved. You get three free sessions a week. This has been helpful for my productivity! (PS: If you subscribe to Jeremy’s newsletter about tips for getting more done and email him to let him know what kind of projects you’re working on, he’ll send you personalized tools! The ones he gave me were great.)
I signed up for writer Rachel Syme’s quarantine pen pal matchup, and you can too through this weekend! Send some extra love into the world:
My friend Louie made us this homemade ice cream on the Fourth of July and it was some of the best I’ve ever tasted in my life. He added strawberries!
I’m curious: If you’re a New Yorker, what do you think the three worst places here are? What about the best?
She looks like her namesake more every day.
Anthem of the week
This cheered me up
Prospect Park, and summer in New York, is more magical than ever.
Thanks so much Nisha (who has her own great newsletter) for recommending CSBC!
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