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  • Writer's pictureRicki Braswell

Lighten Up, It's Summer

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It's July - smack dab in the middle of summer. Pour yourself an iced-coffee and cool off with this week's Beyond a Pep talk. We're taking a lighter approach and I'm sharing what I'm learning, loving and leaving (because it no longer supports where I'm growing).

What I'm Learning

In February I wrote a post about starting a "Club for Recovering Self-Critics". Although I was sort-of kidding, a whole group of people responded! So our Club launched about a month later and this small bunch of brave folks are exploring how our negative inner-voice impacted (intentional use of past tense here) our actions and could (insert gasp here) impede our future success! I'm the facilitator and I'm growing right along with everyone else. Here are a few things I've learned during our Club meetings:

Overcoming feeling overwhelmed

Why Imposter Syndrome shows up and how to stamp it out

How to use an abundance mindset to support your goals

I know that time is a commodity that most of us don't have enough of, but if you're not already doing something in your life specifically aimed at learning, I beg you to add it in! Being around a group of diverse people who are like-minded in their desire to be better, do better and live better is really inspiring and I always walk away with even more than I anticipated.

What I'm Loving

I love seeing people make their dreams come true, especially when they do it with as much style, passion and fun as my really close friend Suzanne Corbin.

I've known Suzanne for more than 20 years so I can't say that I was completely surprised when one

day over lunch she shared her idea to launch a mobile bar business by converting an old horse trailer. In all fairness, she is one of the most creative people that I know and she's also a dyed-in-the-wool Southern girl who has hospitality practically running through her veins.

Like a lot of people, Suzanne's dream was nearly derailed last year by the pandemic, but she mustered through. She and her husband, Greg, poured so much sweat and hard work into transforming this trailer that the name of the bar, Pour Me, is really appropriate!

This photo, taken at a recent event, shows exactly how much I enjoyed the signature cocktails they feature. BTW, the bartender is my son, Joshua, who works most of their events as a weekend side hustle.

Even if you don't live in the South Georgia or North Florida area, follow them on IG or FB to see how this bar brings a touch of charm, whimsy and style to every wedding and party.

What I'm Leaving

In my post on January 6th I asked:

What 5 things are you willing to leave behind (let go of) in order to make space for the new you want in your life?

My list is a work in progress and I'm slowly adding to it. Recently this is what I decided isn't going along with how I'm growing:

The definition of success I was raised with. I'm replacing it with my own definition.

Although I don't have it all sorted out, my definition of success has some ingredients that the one I was raised with didn't, AND, there are some things I'm omitting. For example, my definition includes doing work that makes me proud and brings me joy. And the thing I'm not including but which was a part of my inherited definition was working hard. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not afraid of hard work, I just don't think it is necessarily an ingredient for success. I think you can work smart, work kindly, and work creatively and that each of those paths can create success just as predictably.

So goodbye to my old ideals of success and hello to my new ones.

Get yourself a cold brew or maybe even a fun frappe and schedule a virtual coffee and let's chat.

We will set aside 45-minutes to explore what your goals are and I'll share my philosophy and practice style. The session is complimentary and allows you to experience some coaching and determine if we might be a good fit. The link allows you to view my calendar and pick a time that works best for you. Having the life that you want begins with taking that first step.

If you are enjoying Beyond A Pep Talk and know others who would as well, please share! Also, I'd love to hear what you want to learn more about so that I can create content just for you. Email me at with your thoughts, comments or just to share a chuckle.

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