Issue #79 – Say What?
Do you ever get to that point in the day where your life is as neat as a pin; you’re all caught up on email; everything’s crossed off your To Do list; and you feel like the master of your universe? No, neither do we. It’s more like filling leaky buckets with an oyster spoon over here. But a bright spot this week was hearing from our reader-friends in Say What, the inner circle of The What and a women-only Group on Fb featured in today’s What Is. If you’ve always wanted to plug-in to our community and you’re a compassionate, cool, open-minded gal, come join us (sorry guys, we’ll have something for you later).
The What List
May 17, 2017
by Gina Pell + Amy Parker
100% Editorial picks. No pay for play. Ever.
The Book — GP is on another binge, reading a book a day. Yesterday she finished The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, not exactly chick lit but not Proust either. It’ll take you back to the foibles of young love and the rollercoaster of navigating the real world after college—all set against the backdrop of NYC hedge fund corruption in 2008.
The Wait — Important read for procrastinators but it only works if you read it right now. Quick!
The Lips — Every time we wear this red we get compliments and questions: Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by NARS. It looks stunning on everyone.
The Language — Our friend Shaolan Hsueh devised a fun, beautiful, and brilliant graphics-based system called Chineasy to teach her children how to speak Chinese. We were recently featured on her podcast that highlights the word Friend. Hear us speak Chinese here.
THE WHAT IS
We’ve been at The What for over a year now and, aside from being chief tasters at La Maison du Chocolat, there really is no better “job.” But, Amy and I have been doing some thinking … the only way we could improve this gig is to create a community of women we can interact with so it’s not such a one-way street. Write newsletter. Hit send. Silence.
Last year we created a closed Fb group called Say What with a few hundred friends as a private place to have more intimate discussions. The content percolated lightly until earlier this week when we posed a question to the group—something we were actually chatting about real time: “Aside from the obvious, how else do you find pleasure. Go!” Within seconds the comments started pouring in. And so did requests from 400 women to join our forum. The responses were relaxing and fun to read. A bulb went off. What if we could always include our readers in our conversations? Duh, perhaps this is the connection we were missing. Maybe everyone craves this—a cozy shelter from the storm of daily stressors.
So we thought, okay, we’ll open this up to you, dear reader. If connecting with us, not to mention the dynamic (smart, helpful, compassionate, open-minded, mischievous, witty) women in our group is something you crave then request membership now. We only have three rules to be part of our community and a one-strike policy: Be kind. No politics. No self-promotion. If these are rules you can abide by, come on in. We’re all waiting for you.
“There is kind of a psychic element that happens within groups of women.”
– Heidi Julavits