Monthly Roundup: August Edition

Who missed July’s roundup because summer sucked out her motivation and will to adult?? This girl!

Seriously though. This summer was a lot. We spent the middle of it searching for houses and scanning copies of our tax returns for the mortgage guy. We bought the house and moved into it the last week of July, and I spent the first week here unable to sit down until everything had been cleaned, painted, unpacked, hung up, or thrown away. In the midst of all that life was also kind of crazy and messy, as it is, and the combination of everything hit me pretty hard.

I didn’t realize it hit me hard though until the week after we moved in, when J went back to work and I needed to dive back into business stuff myself. There was this unexpected period of readjustment that I didn’t know I needed, like I just deflated. All I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my big blankie and watch some crap TV. I had to unwind from #allthethings before settling back down to take care of business. 

In retrospect I think that was probably my body’s way of letting me know I was quickly approaching full blown burnout, which is some scary stuff when your income depends on your ability to brainstorm and be creative. Fortunately I realized it before it was too late and was able to slow down, love on myself, and get my mojo back. 

Now I’m raring to go, which is good because fall is when my people start coming out of hibernation to talk about their branding, end of year marketing, and client thank you cards. 

Right now I’m in a season of potential client meetings, writing, creating, planning, and setting new goals (because September is the new January ya know). It’s almost fall and I literally could not be more excited about that! I’m focusing a lot on getting my content mapped out and created for the next couple of months, scheduling work, and promoting some new packages. 

One thing I’ve been really focused on the last two weeks is planning my content for the rest of the year, and setting realistic expectations for myself on how much (and what type of) content I want to be putting out. I’m still playing with some different ideas, but one thing I’m starting this month is I’ll be writing on the blog every other Thursday, then sending out a newsletter with original content on the in-between Fridays. I’ll also be sending out some totally random free stuff (printables, graphics, worksheets, who knows!) to the email list every month. I want to make sure I’m earning my keep when you give me your email address… that’s some valuable collateral nowadays. 

So that’s the rundown on how things are here… I’d love to hear in the comments how your summer has been and what fall looks like in your industry!

Things I’m Loving Right Now

(Note: Some of these links are affiliate links. That means if you click on them and buy something I might make a few cents for pizza, and you won’t spend any extra money. I’ve definitely not been paid to recommend these products though, they are just things I’m currently digging on.)

This book: Desire Map book

Ermagerd. So, I know I’m incredibly late to the game on this one, as Danielle is hugely popular and the book has been out forever it seems. Confession: I finally bought it a few months ago, and it’s been sitting on my shelf untouched since then. I opened it once in the midst of my burnout, read two sentences, rolled my eyes and closed it. It just wasn’t the right time for me. Something pulled me to it a week or so ago and I started reading it again… it’s exactly what I need right now. If you’re tired of feeling like you’re just working for a number, burned out on personal development, or just want a different way to look at goal setting - you need this book. 

 

This quote: “Little hinges swing big doors”

I heard this on a podcast the other day, and I can’t for the life of me remember who said it. I tend to listen to podcasts while I’m cooking dinner, doing the dishes, showering, cleaning, etc; and when I heard this quote I grabbed my phone and jotted it down in Evernote. I’ve Googled it since and found out it’s a fairly popular quote and most sites attribute it to W. Clement Stone. I don’t know how I’ve made it this far in life without hearing it, but I love it. It reminds me that the little things we do every day are worth it, and that it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture to make a difference.

This podcast: The Good Life Podcast

I like different podcasts for different activities. This is one I regularly listen to while I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing anything that lets me zone out a little and really listen to the words. The audio quality is awesome, and the host Jonathan Fields has a super soothing radio voice. The last one I listened to is his interview with Glennon Doyle Melton, the author of Love Warrior and a couple of other books. So so good. 

 

This app: MileIQ

Again, not sure how I got this far without having this app, but I imagine my accountant is going to be much happier this year. MileIQ keeps track of your mileage if you use a personal car for work purposes, so that you can accurately report those miles to the IRS, your boss, or I guess just random friends if you’re bored. I don’t drive every single day for work so I’m still using the free plan, but it covers 40 drives per month and automatically detects when you’re driving so you can classify it later. You can upgrade to an unlimited plan for less than $60 a year I believe, which is well worth it to not have to frantically try to remember you car mileage at tax time. 

You can find it at https://www.mileiq.com/ or download it on your phone straight from the Google Play or iTunes store. 

 

This goo: BioFreeze Professional

My neck, it’s not so good. It’s probably a combination of working on a computer for the last eight years, working construction before that, and probably a couple of unfortunate mosh pit incidents in my teens. Regardless, I generally have a low level of neck pain all the time. I bought the gel after my chiropractor used the spray on me, and it definitely helps.