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So long summer, bring on the fall

It's hard to believe but August is nearly done and that means September is coming. I'm excited about what's around the corner, even if, truth be told, it's not really clear what it is. This is, like autumn itself, a season of transition.

Also, this has been just an atrocious time overall, unless you like relentless pandemics, raging forest fires, collapsing countries and general dismay.

But let's not dwell on the past (except to look back and see what's been going on in the past few months).

Estate in Italia 

No, I don't own an estate in Italy, we just spent summer ('estate' in Italian), in Italy.

It wasn't truly a holiday, as it was more a visiting of family and a general time to decompress (I guess that's not far off from a holiday). After last summer's stay at home and not seeing any family or really being away from our home for any length of time, we were overdue for some distance. It felt like coming up for air.

We hiked in mountains and unwound in hills, we ate gloriously and swam in the sea. We also, importantly, saw some people who we had really missed. There was sunshine. I turned 44. We drove a lot. 

I had big plans before we went away to make progress on a bunch of projects. I did nothing of the sort. I did, however, gain a reinvigorated appreciation of idleness

Double vaxxed!

It took much longer than we had hoped, but both Chiara and I got our vaccinations (one in the Netherlands and the second one in Italy), and as I type this we've passed the two-week window. So we've got our Green Passes.

I understand that's no guarantee of anything, but it sure feels better than being unvaccinated, or half-vaccinated. 

RPT Season one is done! 

The first season of my podcast Remote Pep talks with Ryan Millar, is now done. I finished it all up just before we went away. I found making this so satisfying. And I'm happy with how it turned out; it felt like a perfect expression of a few needs I had: to be productive, to create something positive, to help people, to talk.

I'll get into season two sometime later this year, I reckon, but in the meantime, if you want some short and punchy, aurally delightful upbeat pearls of wisdom from yours truly, I suggest you give it a listen.

If you have (or haven't), I've helpfully enclosed the final episode here below. It takes place on a rowboat.

What's next?

As I mentioned, there's some transitions happening. I do know there's some more education work coming up, including this Guardian Masterclass on charisma in October.

I've also been doing more one-on-one coaching with clients, have some other courses in development and a book to finish. Beyond that, I don't know, but it already feels like a lot. 

As for you, enjoy whatever September holds for you. Be well, stay safe.

You're wrong about this. And this: Turkey isn't high in tryptophan, Frankenstein is the scientist, not the monster, and "irregardless" is a word. This list of common misconceptions on Wikipedia will set you straight on these (and many more) frequently held false beliefs.

Drink lots of tea and coffee, it's healthy: You probably already do, this just provides you with justification (Note: good eating and exercising also matter).
Sometimes it's good to just slow things down, like in this short video. Enjoy.
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship." -- Louisa May Alcott
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