I started my business in the Fall of 2016, so this is my second Summer season as a full-time business owner.
And I don’t know about you, but the Summer has always been a weird season for me.
It’s gorgeous out. I’m more physically active now than any other season. There are so many things to do. Weekends are crammed full with events and get-togethers and plans and people.
It’s all very engaging.
It can also be pretty draining, eh?
I’m hearing lots of chatter this Summer about how draining this season really is.
And we can blame the drain on any number of things; work schedules, family schedules, events, the “busy season,” yard work, whatever.
But really, I think it all comes down to one thing – expectations.
The expectations to do more and be more during the Summer run us ragged.
It’s not only that we have more things to do. It’s that we’re expected to have more things to do and do them all in a cheerful, happy mood.
I mean, of course we must be happy! It’s Summer!
I mean, you know what I think about “should’s” and Summer can feel like a big, fat SHOULD, blanketed over our entire existence.
Ya feel me?
I think you do. I’ve heard the exasperated “So sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you – my schedule is nuts right now!” enough to know you’re feeling the Summer drain.
So here are 5 things that are NOT draining me this Summer. Quite the opposite – they’re filling me up and balancing me out during this high-energy season of expectations and #allthethings.
- Jacq Fisch’s Uncommon Autoresponders for People Who Hate Autoresponders
This woman! If you don’t know Jacq yet, please go meet her at JacquelineFisch.com. Then grab her free, no-email-required PDF, full of Out of Office Email Autoresponder templates that don’t totally suck, right here.
Because, let’s face it, your autoresponder might be the first contact someone has with you and your brand. Let’s make it count while we’re away this Summer, having fun.
- Meg Seeley’s Planner Matching Service
Also, this woman! My business couldn’t run without Megan behind the scenes and she’s doing it again with her latest offering – Planner Matching!
Meg is a Productivity Coach at TheGoalDesigner.com and with her Planner Matching service, she helps you find the perfect planner for you, the FIRST TIME. AKA not dropping a couple hundred bucks on a couple super nice planners just to find out that they don’t really work for you and how you run your life.
Meg’s the expert here. Click here and let her help you find the perfect planner before Fall.
- Thrive Market
I found Thrive Market through Ashley Cowles of TheSmallTownFoodie.com and it’s basically like Amazon Pantry, but with only the best, healthiest foods you can find, at reduced prices, with no pantry box minimum size.
I order all my healthy non-perishables and supplements from Thrive Market now and it saves me at least a few trips to different health food stores AND MONEY every month. Highly recommend!
Click here to get 25% off your first order, using my affiliate link.
- Story-Telling Podcasts
Yes, I’m still listening to business podcasts, but this Summer I’ve been getting more into story-telling podcasts that have absolutely nothing to do with business or personal developement.
And WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.
My favorites so far have been:
Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell – “Each week, Revisionist History goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.”
Family Ghosts with Sam Dingman – In each episode of “Family Ghosts,” we’ll investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace…these specters cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. But we are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly.
The Moth Radio Hour – The Moth Radio Hour features our most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories. These are the tales told from the Moth stage, in audio format.
- A/B Weeks
I spoke about how I’ve structured my schedule into A/B weeks recently and I’m here to report that this setup is still breathing life into me and my business.
The TL;DR version: I do all of my calls one week, then all of my creative work the next. I switch back and forth weekly and find this schedule allows me to both dig deep with clients and into my own growth work, without either one taking a back seat.
This schedule has given me the space to specifically work on my latest project that I’ll be unveiling to you within the next few weeks. It’s a brand new website, designed to match you with your best marketing strategies so you can ditch the fake and salesy tactics and full lean into #MarketingThatFeelsGood! Stay tuned!
I could’ve NEVER completed this project without my A/B week schedule.
Those five things are filling my cup and balancing me out this Summer.
Now I’d love to know what’s helping YOU through this often crazy season. Hit reply and let me know! I’d love to round up more ideas to share on social the rest of the week!