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“Life will always get busy. Make time to do the things you love.” 💖 ~Lailah Gifty Akita





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“Life will always get busy. Make time to do the things you love.” 💖 ~Lailah Gifty Akita
By Jessica L. Williams • Issue #283 • View online
With a shortened workweek this week, I feel like the days flew by. Work has been busy as we are scaling and changing to support that growth. In addition, Alice and I have been working on batching content for social media, the goal being to share tips, inspiration, and helpful information 3-4 times a week.
That got me thinking….are you following me on Instagram? If not, I’d love to connect over there. It could be your dose of #jesspicks in between newsletter issues. 😍
Alice is trying to get me into using reels (🙈), which feels like a huge undertaking, and video is not my strong suit. But we are baby-stepping our way into it. So far, posting this one and this one
As we move into summer and I’m listening to this training, I feel like it’s a good time to go into reflection and planning mode for the rest of the year. I hope that #jesspicks is a helpful resource to help you be an entrepreneur on your terms and help you through some of the overwhelm that can be a part of that journey.
So, please, if you have thoughts on other content that would be helpful for us to post here or on Instagram, I would really love to hear them.
On to the picks!

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  • ☀️. Doing: Ideal Day Mad Lib. Take a few minutes and answer some questions about what an ideal day looks like for you one year from now. I found this process insightful and plan on having the answers come back to me as a reminder in a few weeks. It is a good reminder of the life that I’m trying to build.
  • 🎧. Listening: Your Summer Rewind. Chicago hit the 80s this week, and this playlist popped up on my radar. Lots of Queen, Elton John, and Alessia Cara on mine. How about yours?
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Love this reminder from Mary Oliver...
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