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Anna Burgess Yang

Writer. Productivity geek. Always tinkering.

I share tips, tools, and resources to make your daily life a bit easier.

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Tinkering With Ideas #034: How you read the news

Hello, fellow tinkerer πŸ‘‹ - Sometimes I read a story that's just so amazing that I simply must share it with everyone. This week, that was the story of a 93-year-old woman who made a $1 billion donation to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The donation will make tuition free for students, with the goal of attracting "talented and diverse" students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to pursue a medical education. What an incredible gift. 1) Reflection: I listened to...

5 days agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Hello fellow tinkerer πŸ‘‹ - It's Friday. As I write this, I can hear birds chirping, which (hopefully) means spring is around the corner... ?! 1) Reflection: Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't β€” but it's Friday and I usually send my newsletter on Wednesday. Wednesday was Valentine's Day in the U.S. but that wasn't the reason. Tuesday was my daughter's birthday. She died when I was 16 weeks pregnant, back in 2016. For whatever reason, her birthday hit me particularly hard this year. I didn't...

17 days agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Hi friend πŸ‘‹ - You made it to the end of January. Whew. How are you feeling about 2024 so far? January is a slow month for me with client work. It was the same in 2023. But November and December are always wildly busy, so I'm trying to appreciate the change of pace. Plus, if you live in the U.S., you've been receiving your tax forms. Tax preparation has been demanding a bunch of my time. As humorist Dave Barry says, "It's income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get...

about 1 month agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read
a whimsical illustration of a light bulb

Hi friend πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. I’m typing out this edition of the newsletter in the Notes on my iPhone. I’ve been in Orlando for the past few days and managed to accidentally forget my laptop charger. So I’ve used my laptop only intermittently to reply to a few things and then it ran out of juice. When I’m taking time off, I don’t do client work. But running my own business means things come up. An inquiry came through my website and I wanted to reply. I’ll also keep working on things like...

about 2 months agoΒ β€’Β 3 min read

Hi friend πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday and Happy New Year. I'm in full-blown "recovery mode" after the holidays. If, in December, you said a lot of things like, "that feels like a problem for 2024 me" you're probably in catch-up mode at this point. I feel that. I hope you're able to ease into the new year as much as possible. 1) Reflection: "How do you measure a year?" - a line from RENT, one of my favorite musicals. But maybe the answer is just... don't. If you don't know the song, it goes on to...

2 months agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read
a whimsical winter light bulb

Hi friend πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. We're in the throes of the holiday season. If you celebrate Christmas, we're looking at T-Minus 5 days. Admittedly, I love Christmas. I also recognize that the holidays are hard for a lot of people. I have a friend who always struggles with seasonal depression and holiday stress. I checked in with her a few days ago, to see how she's doing. If you're energized by the holidays, don't forget about the other people in your life who may feel down or lonely. Let them...

2 months agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read
a whimsical illustration of a festive light bulb

Hi friend πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. I'm counting down the days until I take some time off at the end of the year. My kids don't have school for 2.5 weeks and I don't do any client work during that time. If you have kids, you know: it's not really a "break" or a "vacation." This year, I'm wrapping up client work two days before my kids are done with school. That means two whole days to myself. What am I going to do with my time?? I have some ideas. 😊 But this divides December into two distinct...

3 months agoΒ β€’Β 3 min read
a whimsical light bulb

Hi Reader πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. If you're in the United States, you're probably gearing up for a Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. I'm hosting a Friendsgiving, as I've done for many, many years. I took the week off (mostly) from client work. The one exception was wrapping up a deliverable on Monday because I was sick last Friday. My kids don't have school so it's been very loud and not at all a "break." But that's frequently my life: bustling with activity. For the most part, I love it and am...

3 months agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read
A whimsical illustration of a light bulb

Hi Reader πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. I have a house full of sick people: two of my kids have influenza. My first thought is, "Wow, they're miserable, I hope they feel better soon." πŸ€’ And my second thought is, "I'm a freelance writer, please don't get me sick, I have client deadlines to meet." (But, when life happens, my clients are wonderful and understanding.) However, in the interest of preserving my brain cells, I'm going to dig into a topic I talk about a lot: content repurposing and...

4 months agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read
A whimsical yet somber illustration of a light bulb

Hello Reader πŸ‘‹ - This issue of Tinkering With Ideas is a little different. I'm not going to share productivity tips and apps. But I'm going to share some resources about a topic that's very important to me. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S., about 10-25% of known pregnancies will end in miscarriage. About 1% of pregnancies will end in stillbirth. If you have lost a baby, I'm so sorry. I know how much it hurts,...

4 months agoΒ β€’Β 3 min read
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