Clearly, I’m a little late posting my review of Q2. I had grand plans to write and share this while I was in Australia at the beginning of July, but I really leaned into the whole ‘summer sabbatical’ thing {more on this in a future post}. Apart from the odd Instagram caption and a few emails, this is the first thing I’ve written in more than six weeks. You’ll have to forgive me if I’m a little rusty!

I wouldn’t have been able to fully embrace my time off if I hadn’t worked so hard in Q2, so here’s April-June 2022 in review…

  • What Felt Good in Q2?

My primary focus in Q2 was completing work in advance for my retainer clients so I could take six weeks off over the summer. This meant writing 40+ blog posts in three months. Although I wouldn’t say the workload felt good, ticking each task off my to-do list felt amazing. I’m incredibly proud of the space I was able to create for myself. Taking a ‘summer sabbatical’ has been a goal of mine for a long time. I think I first said it out loud in 2017, so it’s taken me a while to make it happen.

I also finished two big projects in Q2. I loved working on brand new website copy for Perinatal Psychotherapist Laura Hans and I can’t wait to show you the work I’ve done for Becky Lord’s new project, Kern + Glow.

In May, I was a guest on the Fiercely Freelance podcast. Chatting to Ceels felt like catching up with an old friend because that’s exactly what it was. She asked excellent questions, and we had a lot of fun. Charlie and I also released some great episodes of Friends With Business Benefits. In my opinion, How to Stop Hating on Instagram and Embracing and Creating Video Content is some of our best work to date. We took an intentional break over the summer, but I’m excited to record together again soon.

  • What Didn’t?

Q2 wasn’t without its challenges. Izzy caught Covid for a second time, forcing us to cancel a trip to Norway. I also experienced another ruptured ovarian cyst that required further investigation. Although the outcome seemed positive at the time, following another incident while I was away, I know this particular health journey is far from over.

  • What Did I Learn?

Moving through these major disruptions was hard work. Amid the chaos, I felt grateful for the rhythms and rituals I’ve worked hard to create at home and within my business. When things go wrong and they fall apart, the fact they exist at all makes it so much easier to get back on track. I talked about this in more detail in My Evening Rhythm.

The experience also reminded me of a quote I scribbled down in my planner earlier this year. I’m not sure where I heard it, but I know the speaker was talking about what they’d learned from living through the pandemic. ‘We need to build and develop our resilience to routine disruptions,’ they said. ‘It’s what we do next that counts.’

  • My Goals & Intentions in Q3

My biggest goal for Q3 was to take most of it off. Achievement unlocked! I can’t wait to share more about my time in Australia.

Now that I’m back from my break, there’s plenty to keep me busy. As well as working on website copy and content for clients, I want to plan at least one workshop for the autumn. I’m also thinking about launching a service for new and aspiring copywriters. I’ve always offered mentoring informally, but I think it might be time to make it official. Watch this space!

  • Love Audrey

P.S. Q1 2022 in Review

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