what’s that phrase, the dog days of summer?

July 26, 2011 |  Category:   life

We’re in it. Though I am seeing signs of “Back to School” stuff already and it’s making me tense, so I just try and stay clear of all that stuff. I know that some of you are looking at your kids being back in school in a few weeks (I really don’t get how/why schools in some states start in mid-August?), but we still have almost 7 more weeks of summer vacation here and seeing school clothes and backpacks and other Fall stuff is a little unnerving. I think I’m also suffering from a big lack of motivation these days, though I’m not sure where it’s coming from. The internet makes it worse as my twitter and FB streams are filled with tweets and announcements of stuff that everyone is working on. I know that’s why it’s there, so we can share and promote our work and blah blah blah, but sometimes it just makes me feel like one big procrastinator and underachiever. I know what I need to do. I just need to shut all that off and put my head down and work.

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  • Sara July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. I haven’t done much in my own company for over a month! I’ve been freelancing for another company and somewhat I have shut down my brain for a few weeks. Looking forward for things to get started again.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Kelly July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    my girl starts august 22. but they get out way earlier than you guys – before memorial day.

  • Sarah July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I completely understand. My lack of motivation comes from all sorts of places. I often find that although the internet is filled with great projects and praises for works completed, I can find myself overwhelmed and actually get little accomplished. It will all turn around, naturally 🙂

  • gia July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Totally agree! Deactivated my facebook account last week- need a break from the distraction!

  • Pamela July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Ha! Word to what you said about the internet being a big bad “and what are YOU doing, hmm?” in the face. That’s how I feel about most blogs I read … wow, ppl are doing this and that and the other. I should really get on with my own projects …

  • mrsB July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Kids go back to school here next wednesday…as in NEXT WEDNESDAY 8/4…who makes up these crazyass school schedules?!

  • gizella July 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    i hear you…I just went to a playdate so my kid could meet all her new “friends” at her new preschool. It was weird, ultimately good. But as a stay at home mom, I’m always struggling with people asking me (virtually or otherwise) what I’m “doing”. I mean, I’m crafting a lot, but right now I’m raising my kid. The worst is when someone says “Oh you’re still doing that”. Anyway, I feel your need to tune out and dig in

  • Meghann July 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Sigh of relief coming from this direction. At least I’m not the only one. Today has been particularly rough. Ugh. Come on school.

  • Claire July 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    we’re all in it, eh! I’m legally not allowed to work this summer, which is making me itch. I know I should be embracing this enforced vacation time, but it’s hard coming off of crazy grad school/ work projects/ community stuff/ job hunting season. But I’ll be regretting ever saying that when I’m back to work as a teacher in 3 weeks.

    In the mean time, listen to Florence + The Machine’s song “Dog Days Are Over”! It’s a GREAT motivational song!

  • mickie July 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    i love that you are able to tap into how you are feeling and share it. that is huge and awesome.

  • Michelle July 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    We live in the southwest and our kids started back yesterday, July 25. They still get out the first week of June, but the summer break is 6.5 weeks instead of 10, 11 or even 12 weeks. There’s two weeks off in fall, two in winter (Christmas break) and two in spring. All teacher inservices are scheduled right next to the breaks so there is less interruption during the school year. It’s called modified year-round. I understand what it’s like seeing all the FB posts of people getting ready for the school year. We were seeing people post about last days of school and why are there back to school supplies on sale during the 4th of July. I guess we are some of the earliest to start each year, with the exception of true year round school schedules.

  • Carla July 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    This summer has smacked me down and held me hostage, in a wonderfully fun, beach lazy kind of way. Unfortunately, it also means zero motivation. Oddly, just before summer really hit I was on a roll. My creative energy was seriously intense and I was get sh*t done left and right. Then summer hit and nada. So I’m thinking maybe the summer heat is when I need to automate some stuff because my creative energy is low.

  • Misha July 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I totally feel the same way. I hate it (strong word) when I don’t *feel* like it.

  • bronwyn July 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Yep – August 15th here. They just shifted the school year here, just in time for our first year in elementary school. We get out in May when the weather is still nice, so that’s nice I suppose. But it’s funny, we don’t actually get summer weather until late August/September. Oh well. I’m sure you will be busy enough this fall/winter. Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a little procrastination. 🙂

  • Annie July 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

    underachiever? C’mon Jenna.
    You do more than the average person, and you do it great!

  • Beth July 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    My little one is only three, but I’m already dreading the back to school craze. I find Twitter and Facebook make me more depressed. I love feeling more connected to family and friends, but sometimes looking at what everyone else is doing makes me feel worse. You’re doing great.

  • Lauren July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    oh my, I feel just like Mia in that photo. Is it fall yet? For some reason the heat is kicking my butt this year and I’m longing for the cool breezes, clothes that I can hide my never tanned legs, and the seemingly more structured days that September brings.
    And then soon I’ll be complaining I’m cold! C’est la vie.

  • jade July 28, 2011 at 12:57 am

    “The internet makes it worse as my twitter and FB streams are filled with tweets and announcements of stuff that everyone is working on. I know that’s why it’s there, so we can share and promote our work and blah blah blah, but sometimes it just makes me feel like one big procrastinator and underachiever”
    – Dear Jenna, can I get a high five on that? What’s worse (or only to me perhaps), is that I’m 25. JUST the magical age to be “out There” plotting my Grand Path in Life and Living the Dream yadah yadah….. I’m thinking, it’ll never be enough. But hey, don’t mind me. It’s grey, cloudy and chilly where I’m at. So. Let’s just hang in there in the meantime!

  • Julie July 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I agree with this so much! Sometimes I go to the internet thinking I will get inspired and get my motivation back-but then it turns into a black hole that just sucks the life out of me. I have learned my lesson too many times with that.