Ever wonder what happened to recess?
Or how we went from walking up the slide so we could go down without climbing the stairs to sitting and watching while the kids play and have fun? Or where did summer vacation go? Those glorious 3 months of freedom. Sigh.
In a Google survey taken in 2015 they reported that half of working Americans didn’t take a single day off in the summer of 2014 and 42% said they didn’t take a single vacation day all year! What were they thinking?
Clearly I am not one of those people. When summer rolls around I feel senioritis just like I did before high school graduation and I’m jealous of all the social media pics I see of people boating, swimming, BBQing, and well, you name it.
But mid summer can be a time when TV production slows down and I always have to choose how to navigate this not asked for hiatus. What’s a girl to do?
I thought I would ponder what unique opportunities summer may offer for those of us who aren’t sunbathing in the Maldives that could catapult our careers this summer.
So before I am seduced by the smell of sunscreen and a missing persons report is filed because I haven’t been seen lately, I wanted to share some things to consider that could turn a summer slump into a summer career slam dunk!
• Take off: Yes, scram, high tail it, vamanos. Just because your budget can’t support a 5 star exotic vacation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some time for yourself and recharge. Don’t be a burnout, head to the beach or wherever strikes your fancy and come back ready to be even more productive. Check out one of last year’s guides to an LA staycation for inspiration:
• The half time show: It’s July and whoosh, we’re half way through the year! This is the perfect time to review the intentions and goals that you created for the year. And have fun with it. Take time to acknowledge and reward yourself for all you have accomplished and to readjust where necessary.
• Step into the Light: Most of us love the extra hours of sunshine that summer brings and the feeling of getting off work when there is still daylight left to enjoy. Use that extra energy to go to an industry gathering and network or offer to create an event for your company/co-workers or clients to enjoy.
• Feed your brain: Shift out of mental cruise control and take your brain out for a spin by exploring or learning something new. There are so many great quickie classes or free online courses available that can bring delight to the adventurer in you. I’m torn between cactus gardening and creative design so I’ve decided to do both! If you’re in need of an awesome reference for some free online courses check out this link: https://www.coursera.org/
Enjoy your summer, have fun and
See you on set!