Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 204

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. // Steve Maraboli

+ I don’t think I would survive an e-mail sabbatical.

+ This affordable Daily Ritual shirt is going to be in heavy rotation.

+ Statement coats are everywhere. Loving this still professional leopard one.

+ Extra 75% off 3 sale items at Ann Taylor.  Snagged this wrap pencil skirt.

+ Spend an hour this weekend building your online presence with Career Contessa.

+ Anthro has the best planners.  This Wit & Delight one is professional and functional.

+ The advice that helped get these women through a turbulent 2020.

+ Sephora’s having a huge sale. I snagged my fav charcoal mask and some fun lipsticks.

+ Nine ways to support small businesses when they need it most.

+ You need this fun t-shirt. Trust me.

Long Read. A year spent following Mormon Mommy Bloggers.

A New Year is almost upon us, so it’s a good time to start a new project.

This Sunday, my new subscription newsletter The Sunday Best launches on Substack.  Every week, we will discuss ways you can make the most of the week ahead.  Subscriptions are $6 per month or $66 per year.  I would be honored if you would join us.

There is also a limited time “Founding Member” status for $100.  Founding Members will be put on a special list to receive email invites to virtual and in person events first and other perks when we launch Thirtyish merchandise later this spring.

This week, to celebrate the New Year, we’re talking about small steps you can take to get your finances in order.  Financial health is a journey, so please share your best hacks and advice in the comments.  Who knows, your thoughts might make it into this week’s newsletter.

Thank you for supporting Capitol Hill Style and Thirtyish.  In a tumultuous and sad year, these projects kept my spirits up.

xo, Abra



  1. MOnica T says:

    The mommy bloggers article might give me nightmares, QAnon, 5G, COVID denial, LIZARD PEOPLE! That’s a new one.

    I was just thinking about financial cleanup for 2021, looking forward to the newsletter!

    December 29, 2020/Reply
  2. J says:

    Paula Pant of Afford Anything has a great podcast episode and e-book called “One Tweak a Week” – idea is that there are a variety of small steps to financial betterment that can be done in about an hour/week over the course of a year. She’s done a version of this in January for the last few years, though I’m not sure if she’s doing it again in 2021. Highly recommend the whole series but I found the following particularly helpful:

    – Check your credit report at all three bureaus and set calendar reminders to check again in the coming years (an obvious one but I, alarmingly, was not in the habit of doing this on a routine, annual basis)

    – Write your “why” on the reason(s) motivating the improvement of your financial life

    -Change to biweekly mortgage payments

    -Create a plan for charitable giving

    -Make a list of annual expenses

    December 30, 2020/Reply
  3. sarah says:

    Just signed up for The Sunday Best and am so excited you’re doing a subscription option!

    December 30, 2020/Reply
  4. GF says:

    Congrats on the launch of your subscription option! Been reading since 2013 and so happy to see your continued growth!

    December 30, 2020/Reply