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The Brief: Mindy Kaling May Just Have Written Your Favorite New Workplace Comedy

I Heart Pizza

Are you a millennial? Did you use Venmo last night? Of course you did. And most likely you used a pizza emoji too. After analyzing more than 500,000 public Venmo payments, researchers from student loan marketplace LendEdu found that a slice of pizza and a small flying stack of money were the most frequently used emojis. It’s as if millennials like pizza or something and not carrying cash (I don’t even think my wallet was meant to hold cash.) Makes sense though as it is delicious and cheap. Other Venmo emojis? Alcohol-related emojis, such as champagne, wine, and beer, took four of the top 10 spots. They are used in about a third of all Venmo activity. But millennials are responsible too as two of the top 30 most frequently used emojis were related to rent, another to utilities, and three to car expenses. Check out the awesome emoji infographic here.

Mindy! Mindy! Mindy!

We all love Mindy Kaling as she has given us a whole new feminine heroine for the small screen (one that isn’t afraid to wear stripes with polka dots) and is now a successful doctor, entrepreneur and single mom. But Kaling is about to hit the silver screen with her upcoming film which she wrote and will star in along with Emma Thompson. It is being described as The Devil Wears Prada meets Broadcast News,” which means it is going to be awesome. #That’sall.  It is about a late-night TV-show veteran (Thompson) who is “in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer.” Kaling will play the writer and Scott Rudin will produce. We can’t wait! PlusThe Mindy Project Season 5 premieres on Oct. 5 on Hulu.

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Stressed Out

Feeling stressed? Looking at the bag of Oreos and thinking of bingeing. Well, it won’t help. A new study in the journal Biological Psychology argues that stress-eating isn’t even that real. The research showed that when people are stressed they actually tend to eat less. It is actually when we are happier that we tend to eat more. When you are stressed eating doesn’t actually make you feel better.  This does make sense but eating a bag of Swedish Fish always makes me feel better when I am upset…until I vomit.

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The Brief: This Disgusting Fact May Just Have Given You More Time in the Morning

Wage Gap Woes

Equal pay is a long way off. One-hundred and fifty-six years to be exact, according to one study. The American Association of University Women released its Fall 2016 report on the gender pay gap last week and found after looking at the most recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, that if the gender pay gap narrows at the rate of change that occurred between 1960 and 2015, gender pay parity could be achieved by 2059. However because progress has slowed since 2001 if that continues women may not get equal pay until 2152. Whoa! And it is even worse for Hispanic and black women. Ugh.

Snug as a Bug

Well, this study may have just given you a little more time in your mornings (but also nightmares.) Apparently making your bed is just asking for dust mites to come sleep with you. They love those taut and tight sheets that happens when you make your bed. Literally nearly 1.5 million of them may be crawling into bed with you every night.  That is way too crowded! And if you are allergic like so many people are this may explain why you always have a cold. However, there is a solution. DON’T MAKE YOUR BED! By exposing them to light and cooler air they die! So your place may not look great, but eventually after some major PTSD you will be able to sleep again.

OMG Really?

Every time we think we have hit Pumpkin Spice saturation someone else blows us out of the water and this time it is McDonald’s. They have taken their signature and amazing french fries and added, yes, you guessed it: Pumpkin Spice sauce. Why? Because they can. The fries, which are drizzled in a sweet chocolate and pumpkin sauce, are available from Sept. 28 through Halloween but only in Japan. Us poor Americans will just have to settle for regular Pumpkin Spice Lattes from McDonald’s and the other hundreds of PS products. If you do make it to Japan though you can also pick up the new garlic flavored, black-colored Doritos (also only sold in that country.) Because when I am eating chips I want to remind them to remind me of Vampires but not those pretty boy ones from Twilight. Like old school Dracula ones. That’s really what I want in a chip flavor.

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7 Career Tips We Can Take from Younger(Season 2 Premiered Last Night!)

5 Career Lessons We’ve Already Learned From Younger

The wait is finally over: Season 3 of Younger premieres tonight on TVLand and we could not be more excited. The hit show, which was one the network’s  first scripted series to target a YA female demographic, has become the fun, new series to fill your Sex & the City void (plus it has the same costume designer so you will definitely get your fashion fix.)  However, unlike Sex & the City Younger has a very important view on millennials in the workplace and we will especially get to see that with Hilary Duff’s character, Kelsey, this season as she continues to head up her own imprint, which is called Millennial (wink wink) at a publishing house. Duff told Bustle, “She works really hard with her job and Empirical is kind of struggling money-wise, so everything she wants to do with Millennial she has to really fight for,” Duff shares. “It’s cool to see a young person sticking up for herself in the workplace.”

[Read: 7 Ways to Make Yourself Look Older (Yes, Older!) at Work]

In case you aren’t familiar in Younger, Broadway vet Sutton Foster plays Liza, a newly-divorced, 40-year-old mom who returns to a career in publishing while her teenage daughter is away in India. She gets a very cool job opportunity, but it’s based on the notion that everyone (including her boss, and co-worker/bestie played by Hilary Duff) thinks she’s 26. Yes, it sounds a little far fetched, but with some top-notch highlights, a fierce wardrobe by Patricia Field, and some classic Millennial jargon, what could possibly go wrong? Well, almost everything, especially when you throw in all the issues facing ambitious working women today. Younger tackles many issues women face today. Here are a few of the best lessons so far:

1. Know your office confidante. 

Liza is smart, but she’s in new territory being back at work. She’s wise to make fast friends with Kelsey (Duff) who’s completely in-the-know and therefore gives Lisa all the juicy Millennial insight she needs (like telling her IRL means “in real life”).

[Read: What to Do When Your Boss Is Younger Than You]

2. Stay up-to-date on industry buzzwords. 

Speaking of Millennial slang, since Liza works in the hot industry that is publishing, she needs to stay in-the-know of all things modern and Millennial, which she makes a point to do fast. It also helps that her friends are basically living embodiments of what’s cool on Instagram.

3. Remember that everyone loves a good comeback story. 

Younger, while silly and funny at times, aims to make a serious point: that women who leave the workforce to focus on their families can no doubt find success if they decide to go back to work later. Liza does have to start at the bottom of the career totem pole again, but she quickly shows that she’s a lightning fast learner.

[Read: The Genius Advice Misty Copeland, Chelsea Clinton, and More Would Give to Their Younger Selves]

4. Going above and beyond is usually worth it. 

Liza is a team player in every sense of the word and is willing to go the extra mile—whether it’s helping her boss’s boss at the last minute by baby-sitting or trying out book doctoring. And all of these little things help her get noticed quickly by the right people.

5. Mentors come in many forms (and ages). 

Liza learns a lot from her older and wiser boss Diana—but she soaks up just as much from her younger colleague Kelsey. So, let’s not forget you can have mentors who are younger than you, too!

Check out the trailer for Younger Season 3 below.

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The Brief: WTF?! Millennials Really Love To Swear At Work

Sorry East Coasters but The Brief is on West Coast time this week so it will be going out a little later than usual! Surf”s up!

Potty Mouth

Millennials really like to swear, especially at work. According to a recent survey by Wrike 66 percent of millennials swear on the job, with 33 percent saying they wouldn’t work in an office that banned curse words. It asked more than 1,500 workers across a variety of industries and positions their thoughts on swearing at work and whether they partake and it definitely seems like many of them do. And if you are looking for the real potty mouths, it is the young women of the office. The survey found that many millennial women admit to swearing at work and they don’t mind it when others swear either. While 27 percent of men said they were bothered by their coworkers’ cursing, only 18 percent of women said they felt that way. But maybe swearing is the secret to better work productivity? Thirty-nine percent of swearers say they think cursing helps them get their ideas across more clearly, and 36 percent say it helps them show their passion for something. Then 34 percent say a love of cursing helps bring them and their coworkers closer together.

Step into the Light

Though sometimes after a busy morning at work all you want to do is eat alone in a dark corner like a vampire (or maybe that’s just me) you should try as hard as you can to eat somewhere with a lot of light. A new study published in the Journal of Marketing Research shows that diners are 16-24 percent more likely to order healthy at brightly lit restaurants. The problem is when you eat in the dark though you tend to eat more slowly you make less healthy choices.  For the study, researchers surveyed 160 restaurant patrons at four different chain restaurant locations. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” the study’s lead author Dipayan Biswas, PhD, from the University of South Florida said. I mean it doesn’t matter if it’s super bright out or dark, I will still eat a bag of Candy Corn but maybe in the light I’ll reach for some grapes too.

Magical Elixir

We are about to enter the holiday rush which means you are going to have a whole lot of holiday parties and inevitably this means a whole lot of hangovers. But what if you could drink all you wanted and not have to worry about the impending hangover? According to The Science of Us David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperical College London and a former drugs adviser to the British government, is working on a compound called alcosynth. Besides having a cool name it has some pretty awesome qualities. It would mimic the positive effects of drinking alcohol (losing your inhibitions, becoming more outgoing, thinking you can dance as well as Beyonce) but then spare you of the the headaches, nausea, dry mouth and just wanting to kill yourself the next morning. Basically we are talking about hangover free alcohol. You could have your champagne and not vomit too!

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What Makes Someone Fearless?

What Makes Someone Fearless?

If I learned anything from The Princess Diaries, it is first, to never go for the conventionally hot guy, second, that eyebrows really do have the power to transform your entire face, and finally, that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. And it’s like, okay Eduard Christoff Philippe Gérard Renaldi, Prince of Genovia, that’s a lovely sentiment, but can you say easier said than done? Sure, I believe that taking risks and trying new things is objectively more important than my petty anxieties, but that doesn’t mean they stop existing (See: my Fears as a New Graduate and my Fears in the First Few Years of My Career). Making that judgment means nothing if you don’t have the strength to act on it.

[Related: Inside the Fears of a Go-Getter Girl]

So how can we be more like the seemingly fearless do-ers of the world? The bold entrepreneurs? The people who obviously have doubts and anxieties but seem unfettered by them? Who take risks that lead to both massive failures and massive successes? Who allow themselves to experience the fear, then take a deep breath and do it anyway?

1. Coming to terms with your weaknesses.

This advice made me immediately think of the Salvador Dali quote: “Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” At the root of being fearless is strong self-awareness—understanding that you have flaws, you will make mistakes, you will fail. “The idea that an overblown self-confidence is going to render you fearless is a misconception,” says psychology writer John Vespasian. “Self-delusion is not going to protect you from discouragement, depression, or anxiety. Individuals become fearless only when they accept their own weaknesses, and as a result, learn to deal calmly with stressful situations. They become fearless because they are willing to give up the pretension of invulnerability, while at the same time, they are committed to remaining effective and alert.” As I wrote in “4 Totally Counterintuitive Lessons about Success,” embracing vulnerability makes you powerful.

[Related: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers]

2. Being realistic with your goals.

…but still optimistic. Yeah, it’s a tough balance. “Individuals who hold unrealistic expectations are those who prove the most susceptible to feelings of helplessness and fear,” Vespasian says. “One of the key aspects of becoming fearless is learning to be realistic without falling prey to cynicism and disillusionment. You have to learn to view reality as it is, but also maintain your ability to view the positive in each negative situation. Fearless people are always able to see hopeful signs even when everything seems to be falling apart. Learning to be realistic will help you stay calm and fully operational in crisis situations, and reinforce your self-confidence.”

3. Cultivating balance in all areas of your life.

Fear is a natural human response to threatening situations. Fear can warn you of approaching danger or potentially save you from a career disaster…but only if it is kept in balance. “You can dramatically reduce such negative emotional reactions if you have cultivated balance in all areas of your life,” Vespasian says. “And I mean balance between your professional and private life and between your short-term and long-term goals. Balance makes you strong and self-confident, because you are not dependent on just one thing. It removes from your mind the compulsion to win all the time. A balanced life is the greatest contributor to a fearless personality.”

[Related: 7 Notable Women on Work-Life Balance]

4. Re-programming your inner voice.

According to Dr. Robert Mauerer, author of Mastering Fear, at the root of fearlessness is the pattern of conversations we have with ourselves. “People tend have either a nurturing or a harsh inner voice,” Mauerer says. During times of adversity, successful people have a voice that reminds them it is okay to make mistakes, be afraid, or ask for help. On the other hand, he says, “people who are afraid of risk will often confess they are afraid of the emotional beating they will give themselves if their efforts fail.” If your inner voice is your harshest critic, don’t despair—it can be re-programmed. First, Mauerer says, identify what you say to yourself when facing setbacks. “Is the conversation you are having inside the same one you’d have if you were supporting and comforting a colleague or friend? [If it isn’t], write out what you would say to someone else facing the same challenge you are facing.” He suggests reading those thoughts aloud two or three times a day, in a comforting, affirming voice. Over time, this will train your inner voice to be less of an asshole.

[Related: 4 Reasons Why Women Need To Embrace Failure]

5. Seeking out mentors.

One of the worst responses to fear is letting it fester internally, bouncing around between you and your asshole inner voice. In order to understand your fears and turn them into excitement or positive action, you’re going to need to consult someone you trust. “Seek out a mentor, teacher, colleague to discuss fears and brainstorm strategies for the situation,” Mauerer says. “This can be hard for people moving up the career ladder, as much of our success comes from individual competition. Being able to compete against others and outshine other applicants or colleagues is essential up to a point. The next set of skills, equally crucial, is the ability to ask for help, seek support, and collaborate. Ultimately, both skills are essential: competing and collaborating.” Sharing fears or insecurities doesn’t make you weak—you will learn that other people share your fears, and ultimately, it will empower you to press on.

[Related: 7 Empowering Tales of Mentorship]

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The Budget-Happiness Balance

The Budget-Happiness Balance

Life is a balancing act. It’s a series of lines that are constantly crossed—you’re on one side or the other. You’re overworked or you’re bored. You’re exhausted or you’re wired. You’re a weekend hermit or you have plans with everyone, everywhere, all at once.

Forget work-life balance; my biggest challenge is life-life balance, which manifests itself in a sensitive area: my budget.

When you move to a new city, everything changes. If you’re in my boat, you have to ship your possessions across the country, apartment hunt online, and gradually accumulate enough furniture to call your new place “home.” You sleep on a floor mattress for a few weeks. You get lost all the time. Worst, you know approximately zero people.

Gradually, things improve. You get a bed frame, a cat, and you start reaching out to people. After spending four consecutive weekends alone with Netflix, you’re desperate for human contact—so desperate that you say yes to everything that comes your way. To get out of the house, you make plans left and right.

But the more plans you make, the more money you spend. It’s hard to justify a movie night when your electric bill is due to arrive and you have to pay for things like rent and Internet and insurance. I’ve always been extremely budget-conscious–I short myself even when I don’t need to. I’m afraid to spend anything extra, even if I really can afford it. Most of the time this is a good habit, but sometimes it hurts more than it helps, especially where mental health is concerned.

Last Sunday I got a call from my dad. We caught each other up on our respective lives, and I described my weekend to him: “I had dinner and desert with a friend on Friday, then brunch with another friend on Saturday, then we went thrift shopping…”

“Wow,” he said, “For a broke girl, you’re sure doing a lot.”

He’s not wrong. While I’m not living above my means, I am probably spending funds I’d be better off saving. But how am I supposed to enjoy myself without spending money? Listicles such as “5 Free Things to do in the City” and “10 Inexpensive Weekend Activities” only go so far. Sometimes I want to browse the sweater section. Sometimes I want to go for brunch.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy breakfast foods, used books, and concert tickets, which is almost the same thing. But more important than the activity is the fact that you’re doing it with another person. I enjoy my alone time, but I also need to spend time with people who enliven and inspire me in order to feel like a valid human being. To me, alone time is sweetest after a day spent with others.

There’s a delicate balance between financial stability and social interaction. You can be secure in your finances and depressed because you never leave the house, or you can be poor and social. In-between is hard to find.

With time I’m sure a balance will manifest, but the conclusion I’ve come to is this: Right now, while I’m establishing myself in a new place with new people, happiness comes first. What’s the point of being somewhere amazing if you’re stuck inside trying to save money? Don’t miss a rent payment, but do go a little bit out of your comfort zone. In the end, your mental health is worth it.

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The Brief: This is the Main Thing Holding Millennials Back From Starting Companies

Must-See TV

In case you hadn’t heard, there is a debate going on tonight!  The first of three televised presidential debates will be airing featuring the candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as they try to show the world in this final stretch to election day in November why they should be elected President. The debate will air live at 9 p.m. ET on all major cable and broadcast networks — including CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and C-Span — and will also be live streamed on Facebook and ABCNews.com. In other words, you really cannot escape it plus you really do need to watch it. This is your future Read more about it here. 

You Start Me Up

Though we think of millennials as an extremely entrepreneurial generation, that may not be totally accurate, according to a new study. Now 72% of millennials think startups and entrepreneurship “are essential for new innovation and jobs in our economy,” and 78% think working for a startup is a signal of success, but here is the rub: Only 22% of millennials would start their own company. And it seems that money is what is holding them back. More than 40% of those surveyed said access to capital was their biggest barrier to entry. It was even worse for women and minorities with 45% of women, 50% of Hispanics, and 48% of blacks said a lack of funds was keeping them away from starting companies. This isn’t surprising considering the massive student debt problem in this country.

Lazy Hair Don’t Care

I figured I would grow out of it eventually but brushing my hair was never really a priority to me. Yes, this did mean that most people asked me if I had just gotten out of a convertible during my adolescence but, hey, it gave me a lot more time to do important things like organize my Dawson’s Creek recordings. And then I became so lucky when I discovered that people thought you were super trendy and chic if you put your hair in a chignon AKA messy bun. And now I seriously will never even have to worry about my hair again as our friends at Brit & Co have pointed out that Lazy Girl Hair has reached whole new levels as it literally dominated the runways during New York Fashion Week. Slept through your alarm clock and barely had time for the shower let alone a hairdryer? Well just call yourself Gigi Hadid because wet hair was all over the runways of Thakoon. Heck, the models for Alexander Wang looked like they had never even heard of a comb. Basically, the less effort the better is winning these days when it comes to fashion, but at the workplace you may want to run a comb through it (plus I know my mom somehow always knows if I don’t brush it.)

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10 Times Serena Williams Showed the World Who’s Boss

Serena Williams is tennis’ G.O.A.T: the Greatest of All Time. Though she actually was knocked off her pedestal recently as the No.1 female player in the world she still has quite a few amazing things going on. She still has 22 Grand Slam titles and her own clothing line and has earned more than $80 million in prize money and spent nearly six years as the No. 1 tennis player in the world. A writer for New York Times Magazine aptly described the Serena effect. “There is no more exuberant winner than Serena Williams. She leaps into the air, she laughs, she grins, she pumps her fist, she points her index finger to the sky, signaling she’s No. 1. Her joy is palpable.”

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We wholeheartedly agree. She’s a true boss in every sense of the word. In celebration of her 35th birthday, here are the ten times she showed the world who’s really in charge.

1. When she made us extra jealous of her perfectly spherical curves.

Look back at it.

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2. When she proudly proclaimed “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.”  

As much as she loves to win a singles match, Serena always makes times to do something else: Sing karaoke songs. At the annual Delta event during the US Open, Serena is known for grabbing the mic to dazzle players and fans alike. Here she is giving her best Marilyn Monroe.  

3. When she was caught canoodling with Drake. (Oh, we’re jealous)    

4. When she won Wimbledon then dazzled us looking like a Disney princess.

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5. When she had the admiration of two tennis all-stars.

The legendary Chris Evert has called her “a phenomenon that once every hundred years comes around,” while John McEnroe described Serena as “the greatest player, I think, that ever lived.”  

6. When she unleashed her inner Dominique Dawes.    

7. When she reminded a stadium of people that she’s still a Compton girl.

At Wimbledon this year, for example, in a match against the home favorite Heather Watson, Serena, interrupted during play by the deafening support of Watson, wagged her index finger at the crowd and said, “Don’t try me.”

#StraightOuttaCompton @beatsbydre

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8. When she told ESPN that hard work, not luck, is the secret to her success.  

“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”    

9. When she showed us all that we too could break the mold.    

Speaking to a group of girls in Nigeria alongside her sister Venus, Serena said, “We were able to break the [mold] and win a lot of grand slams and change the face of tennis … when tennis was very dominated by white people. It doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.”    

10. When she had the best humble brag of all time  

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How to Make Your Lunch Hour Count

How to Make Your Lunch Hour Count

As your inbox floods with requests from coworkers and reminders about deadlines, it’s only natural to be tempted to scarf a Lean Cuisine at your desk rather than leave the office for lunch. And you wouldn’t be alone—three-quarters of Americans eat at their desks at least a few times a week. (I admit it—I’m among them!)

But guess what? You’re not doing yourself any favors by skipping your lunch hour. Not only is eating at your desk unsanitary, it also deprives you of much-needed fresh air and human interaction. There may still be times when you need to work through lunch to meet a deadline, but on days when your load is lighter, try using your lunch to:

1. Try out a new restaurant.

Gather a few coworkers and check out that new sushi joint in your area. You’ll have an excuse to leave your desk and an opportunity to see your coworkers outside of their cubicles. Or if you can’t stand your colleagues, invite a friend who works nearby or dine solo with a favorite book or magazine. It’ll get your mind off of balancing your department’s budget or dealing with a demanding client.

[Related: What Successful Women Eat for Lunch]

2. Take a hike.

You may not have a nature preserve outside of your office, but you can explore the urban jungle around you. This time of year it’s often dark by closing time, so a quick midday walk is the perfect way to get some sun and clear your mind so that you’ll be more productive after lunch. I have a friend who’s so busy working full-time and caring for her son that our walks are often the only time we have to catch up.

3. Get physical.

If it’s too cold to comfortably walk around outside, hit the gym instead. Many gyms offer shortened classes for the lunchtime crowd, and some companies even bring in yoga instructors to help employees relax and refocus during lunch. If you’d rather not rush through a workout, you could always treat yourself to a 15-minute massage at a local salon on a particularly stressful day. You’ll return to your desk relaxed and refreshed for the afternoon ahead!

This was originally published on NicoleWilliams.com.

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The Brief: Tory Burch Is Doing Something Very Different For Her Employees Come November

Fight For Your Right

Who doesn’t love Tory Burch? Besides being a crackerjack businesswoman and extremely talented designer, she is also a really good leader. Building her company from the ground—well her kitchen table—up to a staff in the hundreds, Burch’s employees have always been very important to her. This is why she just penned an essay for The Wall Street Journal on why she is giving her employees time off specifically to be used for voting in this upcoming Presidential election. She writes, “As the CEO of a company, I can ensure that our employees have one less impediment to voting—time off to vote. We are giving our employees time off on Election Day, Nov. 8, and we are making voter registration materials and information available. We call on our fellow corporate citizens to do the same. #TimeOffToVote.” Burch points out that part of our country’s low voter turnout issue—53.6% in 2012—could be because people felt they couldn’t leave work to perform their civic rights. “It is rare that a CEO gets to make a decision that is as black and white as this one. Giving employees time off on Election Day will not only facilitate their participation in our democratic system—a net win for all of us—it will also foster a culture in which the importance of voting is recognized and celebrated. I’ll see you at the polls.” It will be interesting to see if other companies follow her lead.

Welcome To My Crawlspace

If you watch any show from the 90s or 2000s that takes place in New York you will notice one thing first. If they are about a young person who is in a creative field of some sort like a writer (Carrie Bradshaw is a good example or Monica Gellar on Friends) they all have absolutely amazing apartments. “I am broke” somehow equates to living in a large loft in Soho that in real life would cost millions. Luckily some producer in the television world remembered a time when they lived in a crappy apartment and started to make our favorite current TV characters reflect this in their living situations. Bradshaw wrote one article a week and yet she had a brownstone with a walk in closet? Rent control, schment control! All that woman’s money went into her shoes and we know it! But today we get to see people like Marnie on Girls crawling around a not even 1-bedroom because it turns out aspiring song writers don’t make a lot of money. Or take nanny and part-time high school student Kimmy Schmidt living in a basement apartment with a random, but super delightful roommate. That is actually one of the more realistic shows on television and she lived in a bunker as a mole woman for most of her life (that bunker was actually bigger in my apartment, but I don’t have the fun decor of a giant crank.)  Lindsay T. Graham, a psychologist at the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California, Berkeley told The New York Times. “When you see shows where the characters are existing in these sorts of struggles, I think that that’s actually comforting.” When they have bed bugs, we also feel like we have bed bugs because we actually might.

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Ohhh Sparkles

Oh this is happening. Since we basically all wear athleisure all the time anyway when we actually do exercise, it seems we should now dress up. And clearly the makers of ASOS agree as they have made glitter sneakers. Even if you are the worst one in your cardio hip-hop class gosh, darn’t you will have the best sneakers. You can go with the more serious navy blue glitter sneakers or you can totally channel your inner Dorothy Gale (post meeting Glinda who was totes about the glitter) and wear red sparkly ones. Glitter just makes everything better. Even Zumba.

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Jessica Bennett’s new workplace survival guide Feminist Fight Club. Read more about it here! If you’ve ever dealt with being manterrupted or a mansplainer than this is the book for you!

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