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10 Newsletters to Consider Adding to Your Inbox

If you’re like me, one of the first things you do when you wake up is check your email. Even though it’s probably going to be full of advertisements. Maybe a coupon for your favorite online retailer that you definitely shouldn’t click on but you do anyway. That one email from a company you’ve never heard of and are concerned as to how and why they are emailing you about a trip to the Bahamas that is definitely a scam waiting to happen. And then there’s the work emails that you’d rather not read because then the work day is actually starting.

Our inboxes have become just like our mailboxes: full of (mostly) junk. Sometimes so much junk that it’s hard to differentiate the non junk amongst it all, and you end up missing that meeting that was definitely mandatory and started 20 minutes ago.

But much like our closets in the spring, our inboxes can be cleaned, organized, and filled only with things we love (or need). So, in case you’re looking for a tune up, I’ve gathered some of my favorite newsletters that all brighten my day in one way or another.

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For the Religious/Spiritual Person

1) The Monday Club

Frequency: Once a week (Every Monday)

Sign up here.

Created by blogger and author, Hannah Brencher, this dose of inspiration always starts my week off on a good note. I love that each message clearly comes from the heart, not solely to teach you, but to relate to you and remind you that you are not alone in your struggles.

2) Cathe Laurie Devotional

Frequency: Once a week (Every Wednesday)

Sign up here.

I tend to struggle with devotionals that are very wordy and longwinded, but Cathe’s are always quick, meaningful, and to the point.

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For Anyone Who Loves Good News

3) Goodnewsletter

Frequency: Every other week.

Sign up here.

You know I’m always looking for good things to add to my monthly “All the Good Things” post, and this is one of the many sources I use to help me find those bursts of good. I also love that each email includes a “do good” brand that highlights a company making positive change.

Note: they also do print version called the Goodnewspaper that you can sign up for here.

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For the Foodies

4) Food Network Recipe of the Day

Frequency: Every day (usually in the morning)

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This is as inspiring as it is mouthwatering, and honestly seeing it in my inbox right after morning break is borderline torture. But I’ve found a ton of good recipes, both that I’ve made and that I’ve saved so I can request people make them for me—like these brownies.

5) Postmates

Frequency: Seemingly every minute of the day

Sign up here.

I’m not going to lie, Postmates borderline harasses you with their email updates. And as someone who is actively trying to save money, this is NOT HELPFUL. However, on the days when I do cave and want to order in, it’s nice to know I have a coupon waiting for me.

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For Anyone Looking to be In the Know

6) Next Draft

Frequency: Every weekday

Sign up here.

I have gone through a number of different newsletters that gather up daily news updates, but this is by far my favorite. It is a good combination of news, from politics to sports to tech to humor. There’s a little bit of everything, which I like because depending on the day, I never know what I’m in the mood for.

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For the Wordies

8) Merriam Webster Word of the Day

Frequency: Every day

Sign up here.

As a writer, it’s probably no surprise that I love words. And so it’s definitely no surprise that I’d be subscribed to a newsletter that teaches you a new one every day. I might not commit them all to memory, but I like to know what’s out there.

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For the Writers

9) Submittable

Frequency: Once a week

Sign up here.

I mentioned this newsletter in this post I wrote about resources for bloggers. This is probably one of my longest standing subscriptions and I still enjoy it and get a lot out of it. Each email gives you a list of noteworthy articles, followed by a number of submission (and sometimes even job) opportunities.

10) Opportunities of the week

Frequency: Once a week

Sign up here.

This is my newest find, but I’m very excited about its potential. I’ve been looking more into freelancing, and I’ve read a number of articles full of resources on how to get started. One of them led me to this newsletter that is a packed with opportunities for writers of all types. The newsletter does cost money, and offers tiers of membership between $1-$3 per month, but there is also the opportunity to become a sponsored member where another member of the community can offer to pay for your slot.

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Have any newsletters that you would recommend?

July/August 2018 Favorites

I feel like I’ve fallen in love with a million things since my last favorites post, so it’s hard to choose only a handful to share with you rather than write a five-page, thesis driven report on everything you should be checking out.

In lieu of that however, I’ve tried to narrow it down to some of my tippity top favorites—which is a thing, right?

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The Mortified Podcast

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This is a continuation of the “Mortified” series of both books and live events where people share their embarrassing childhood journals.  Each week, the podcast takes on a theme and stories that fit into that theme are shared. For example, this past week’s episode was called “International Affairs” which featured stories about experiences overseas. No matter which episode you watch or listen to, or which format you find them on, they are guaranteed to make you laugh and/or cringe and more than anything relate. (find it here)

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M-W Word of the Day

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While I like to consider myself as someone with a relatively high vocabulary, I’m always anxious to improve. The way I see it, the more words I know, the more easily I’ll be able to convey exactly what I’m trying to say. So, every day, as part of my morning routine, I check my email and read the word of the day, its definition and its usage in a sentence. Is this a little nerdy? Yes, and I love it.  (find it here)

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Movies

Eighth Grade

As far as I’m concerned, absolutely everyone should see this movie. It is so honest and beautiful and hilarious and sad. It’s about a time in all of our lives that was so awkward and important, and it offers a rare look back to see how far we’ve come since then. (find it here)

Three Identical Strangers

This movie had a pretty limited release which is absolutely heartbreaking because it is one of the most mind-blowing things I’ve ever seen. And while I’d like to tell you all about it, it is truly one of those films that you have to watch without any prior information. So please, do yourself a favor and don’t do any research on this film other than how you can get your eyes on it as soon as possible! (find it here)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

This movie is absolutely adorable. It’s the romcom we’ve all needed for a long time. I watched it one night when I was feeling a little down and it gave me so many warm fuzzies,  I watched it again the very next night without even an ounce of shame. (find it on Netflix)

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TV

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Before watching last year’s award show circuit and seeing Jessica Biel nominated left and right for her performance on this show, I hadn’t really heard anything about it. Needless to say, the minute it was released on Netflix, I went into full blown FOMO mode and made myself sit down and watch the first season. Being the scaredy cat that I have always been, I only watched one or two episodes at a time because I was so nervous about what was going to happen, but when I got close to the end I gave into the binge and let me tell you, it was worth it! I haven’t got a chance to watch any of the second season yet, but it’s definitely on my list! (find it Netflix)

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Red Oaks

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Taking the hardest of left turns, I bring you Red Oaks, a show I found completely by accident on Amazon Prime. It follows a cast of characters that work at a tennis club in the 80’s. One thing that particularly drew me to this show was Craig Roberts, who I loved in The Fundamentals of Caring. While set in a completely different pair of shoes, you again find yourself rooting for him, which is kind of the theme of the show in my opinion. Over the course of the three seasons, there’s never really any cliffhangers or monumental events that make you gasp, but you still find yourself gripped to the characters who are easily tangible and relatable people who you just want to succeed and be happy. (find it on Amazon Prime)

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Making It

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This show is honestly my dream come true. A DIY competition show—which alone would’ve stolen my heart—that is hosted by Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler!! It is the greatest gift my DVR could have ever been given. (find it on Hulu, or Tuesdays at 10 p.m. PST on NBC)

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Books

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This was released as a movie in March, but I waited to read the book first and I was so glad I did. Not only do you get a lot more detail, but in many ways (in my opinion) you get a better story.  While I enjoyed both adaptations, the movie and the book are drastically different in terms of minor plot points. I feel like the movie focuses more on video game references while the book’s major focus is the 80’s generation as a whole. (find it here)

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

In a recent conversation with my sister I made a comment that I thought Tommy Wallach might be my favorite author, which made me wonder why he hadn’t released any new books lately. This sent me on a Google hunt which informed me that not only had he released this book last October, but that it was the first in a trilogy, the second of which is coming out this November. Cue the happy dancing. This book was much more sci-fi than his first two (both of which you should read, by the way, they are: We All Looked Up and Thanks for the Trouble) but the characters were just as rich and the story was equally gripping. I can’t wait for book #2! (find it here)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Seeing as it won a Pulitzer Prize and all, I realize it wouldn’t be new information for me to say, “hey, this is a great book!” But I never read this book in school and really only did so now because it’s on the list of Time’s Best 100 Books that I’m working my way through, and I’m SO glad I did! I listened to the audiobook read by Sissy Spacek and she was fantastic. Highly recommend! (find it here)

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Music

As always, here’s a few iTunes adjectives to peak your interest

Don’t Smile at Me by Billie Eilish: “nudges things along nicely with its minimalist beats and lifting-yet-sinister lyricism.”

Greetings from the Neon Frontier by The Wild Feathers: “full of wistful highway anthems built on breezy three part harmonies.”

Sweetner by Ariana Grande: “a gorgeous pastel album about love, happiness, strength and womanhood.”

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Have anything you’ve been loving over these last couple months? Let me know! My Amazon cart is always open…

See my previous favorites post here.