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No Summer Slacking for This Girl This Year

Written By: Catherine Morgan | Comments Off on No Summer Slacking for This Girl This Year

Oh my goodness. When I compare this time of year to last year, it’s like two different lifetimes. Last year, I was watching all the things that make Chicago a great city get canceled. There were no street fairs and no concerts and no art fairs. Even the beaches were closed all summer!

As much of an introvert as I am, this was too much even for me.

During stay at home, my professional life didn’t change much. I have always worked with my clients remotely. My speaking gigs went to Zoom from in person, which I was totally fine with. (No travel or car rental? Sign me up!)

However, I had no way to recharge my battery and depleted energy. I couldn’t go to my local spots and see my favorite musicians. I sunk into a bit of a funk, to be honest.

Let’s contrast that with now. Chicago’s COVID-19 numbers are good, many people are fully vaccinated, and all restrictions will be lifted next week. (I have some concerns about this…)

The last two weekends I went tango dancing for the first time in 15 months. I am pleased to share that I did pretty well, all things considered. My pandemic online Zumba classes really paid off!

And with festivals and concerts and everything coming back, I would LOVE to spend the summer bopping around in a sangria-fueled haze.

I will certainly do some of that, but I am also going to be knuckling down, because I am essentially working three jobs at the moment. I have my own career transition coaching practice, I am the editor of this blog, and I am writing a book.

The book thing is really big and all my negative self-talk has pumped up its volume. Who am I to be doing this? Who the heck are you to write a book? What were you thinking? Nobody is going to read it! There are a million books out there written by people who are better qualified.

Sigh.

I found myself in the fetal position on my couch in silence listening to the air conditioner for hours this weekend. And then I kicked my own butt and chipped away at a few sections of my book.

And then I put on a fancy dress and treated myself to some tango dancing with a dear friend I haven’t seen since 2019.

Friends keep asking me to do things and don’t understand why I can’t come out and play. I can play, but at specific times, and around the time constraints of my three “jobs.”

But you know what? I WISH I could slack off this summer.

In previous years, I cleared my calendar during this time, which is usually pretty slow for me, and went out 4-5 nights a week.

But I have other things to do this summer.

For one, I need to fill up my coaching practice. Four clients have gotten job offers within the last four weeks, which means I have spaces for my 1:1 coaching and my coaching group. The job market is great and I want people who are looking for work to stay focused on their job search and get back to work.

So, I am back to work-life allocation, because I think work-life balance doesn’t exist, especially for entrepreneurs.

I can have some fun, but I’ll need to get hands-on with my calendar and keep my eyes on the prize – having my book draft mostly done by Labor Day.

Wish me luck!

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Catherine Morgan is the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. She specializes in helping entrepreneurs transition to corporate jobs they love. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to career transition, small business, productivity, and mental health. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.