271: Leaning into Seasonal Changes and Embracing the Summer Transition

271: Leaning into Seasonal Changes and Embracing the Summer Transition

In this episode, I reflect on seasonal changes and past summer experiences during grad school. I discusses my future plans for my podcast and business and stress the significance of slowing down, reflecting, and adapting to changes. As we transition in the summer, I hope that you too will assess where you stand this year, prioritize self-care and community-care, and set holistic goals for yourself.

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271: Leaning into Seasonal Changes and Embracing the Summer Transition


Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: [00:00:00] I remember the first two summers of grad school. I was so completely thrown off. The first summer I was thrown off because I didn't realize that my funding ended at the end of spring term and all of a sudden I needed to figure out what I was going to do for my summer to make ends meet. The second summer I was thrown off because I finally secured summer funding in the form of an internship and I didn't fully understand what I had committed to.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: I ended up traveling abroad and getting very, very sick. And in both of these cases, I wish that I would have leaned in to better preparing myself for transitioning into the summer. And that's why I wanted to introduce to today's episode, which is all about embracing seasonal shifts and specifically preparing [00:01:00] for the summer and the summer shifts that come up for all of us.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Welcome to the top global ranked and award nominated grad school femtoring podcast. The place for first gen BIPOCs to listen in on conversations about grad school, and growth. In this podcast, you'll learn about all things higher education, personal development, and sustainable productivity. This is Dr.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Yvette Martinez Vu, and I will be serving as your femtor, providing you with tips and tricks and everything else you need to know to successfully navigate grad school. For over 14 years, I've been empowering first gen students of color along their personal and professional journeys, and I'm really excited to support you too.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: [00:02:00] Welcome back everyone to another episode of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast. This is your host Dr. Yvette. Today I have a short and sweet solo episode and this is actually going to be my last Wednesday episode for a while because as I hinted in the topic for today, I'm going to be talking about leaning into summer shifts, embracing transitions that come with seasonal changes.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: And for me, that means I'm going to make another mini pivot with my podcast. I've done this before. I'm going to do it again at the beginning of this year. I decided I wanted to step it up and try to release two episodes a week. And I've been spot on every week since then. Now that we're going into the summer.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: I am honoring my need to slow down with the podcast so that I can make time for other commitments. And so that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to go back to my once a week podcast release to help me honor this [00:03:00] transition that is coming up for me. So what's coming up for me ? Well Now that we're going into summer, it is a time for me to assess where I am in my career, in my business, in my life.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: And one of the things that has been very, very clear to me is that I need to increase my income to be able to continue to make ends meet and support my family. I did a lot of book marketing earlier in the year, starting out in March. And so for my second quarter, my income wasn't where I wanted it to be.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Which means that for the rest of the year, I do need to make time and space to work on more income generating projects, which includes taking on more coaching clients, taking on more consulting clients, doing more speaking engagements, and even running another cohort of my group coaching program.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: So I've got to kind of, , get things into gear and prepare myself for that. So that's kind of one of the things that's [00:04:00] coming up for me right now. Another thing that's coming up for me is that you know I'm finishing up another year of homeschooling and with that that means that I'm going into assessment season and I realize that I do a lot of work when it comes to homeschooling my fifth grader.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: And it's also very hidden, invisible labor. So one of the things that I did recently was I went to my LinkedIn profile and I added my homeschool educator role on my LinkedIn. I want folks to know I have a whole other set of skills that folks are not aware of related to curriculum development, related to lesson planning, related to teaching, related to assessment that could Lend itself well in other areas.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: So that's why I decided to do that. And so I'm really again, like I'm leaning into these transitions. I'm finishing up another school year. Homeschooling, preparing for a new [00:05:00] year. I am, you know, finishing up some of my , commitments. Like I finished, , recording a course for this company called Madecraft on how to quiet your mind and boost productivity.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: That course will be out later in the year, but my part is done. I went in, I got to record in this really awesome studio. I loved the experience. I had so much fun, but it also was multiple months of work behind the scenes of writing scripts, creating outlines. Meeting , with a producer every week to make sure that I had everything ready to go for my recording day.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: That was another time commitment. So, once again, I'm just being reminded that as we go into seasonal shifts, we have to pivot. We have to make some changes. And I wish I would have known this sooner. I wish I would have known that I don't need to be working at the same pace all year long. I don't need to be doing the exact same things in the, in the [00:06:00] exact same way all year long.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Instead, , think about it. Spring is usually a very, very hectic season. But then at the end of spring, we have all these graduations. You get to celebrate another milestone of finishing another year. And then you go into summer after that big, Big momentous time. Your body kinda needs , some downtime.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: It needs to rest. So I'm wondering for you, what are you doing to celebrate getting through another academic year? Getting through another fiscal year? Getting through, even if you're not in an academic or educational setting, just getting through the first half of the year? How are you celebrating yourself for that?

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: And also, what are you doing to wind down? What are you doing to to assess where you're at. What are you doing to learn, , some lessons? Like for me, the heavy lessons, the reality check that I have for myself is, you know what? I do need to promote [00:07:00] my services more. When I, when I offer them and the folks that I do work with, they have really, really great things to say.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: So I'm a hundred percent confident in my ability to provide great Support to people, but the unfortunate thing is that I still haven't gotten over my hiccup over Not really liking to market that part of my job. I don't love and so it's another learning lesson for me going into the second part of a year to do more in that respect to get more comfortable in Marketing my services and as a result Closing more sales as a result Offering support to more people and as a result creating bigger impact while also being able to make ends meet.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Those are two things that are really important to me. I don't want this to be a hobby, a very expensive hobby. I want it to be able to pay my bills consistently and easily over time. And I also want to be able to help folks cause [00:08:00] there's a lot of things that I could do for with a nine to five where I'm not necessarily creating the impact that I want.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: So those are the two things that I really want to keep prioritizing for the rest of the year, along with Taking care of myself holistically along with taking care of my family, my two kids, being there for my partner, for my loved ones, etc. So, I want you to give yourself some time to reflect on how did spring go?

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: What did you learn from spring that you're going to take in to help you have a better summer? And what are you going to be doing differently in the summer? What are your goals for the summer? Not just your academic goals, but also Your holistic goals. What are other areas of your life you want to make time for and tend to?

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Do you have any self care goals? Do you have any community care goals? How are you going to rest? How are you going to restore yourself? What are you going to be doing differently? How are you going to be dealing with summer stressors? Because summer does come with [00:09:00] its own stress. I know a lot of people love to talk about how much they love summer.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: But guess what? Summer can also be hard. For some of us, summer doesn't slow down. Summer actually revs up. Some of us, you know, like for me, summer, the heat, can be a big trigger with my chronic illnesses. In fact, as we speak, my hands hurt. My hands are swelling up. I get a lot of blood pooling in my hands and feet.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: It worsens in the summer as I'm dealing with more hand pain than usual because of the heat. And I have to account for that. I can't be trying to do a million things if my body is not letting me. And so I need to keep in mind, Hey, in the summer, these things might happen. And how can I plan for that or plan around that?

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: And then also think about the fall. Think about as you're planning for the summer, how are you preparing yourself for fall? What are things you can do To be proactive about it. Who can you lean into? I've been having a lot of conversations [00:10:00] about the lack of mentorship, femtorship that a lot of students of color and professionals of color experience.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Myself included. I don't have a lot of mentors, femtors. I have a lot of peers that I can lean on, but I don't have a lot of folks who are doing what I want to do, who are multiple steps ahead of me. And that's hard. And that's why we need this. That's why we need to have more conversations. That's why we need to have this reflective time.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: That's why we need to slow down, even though the rest of society is trying to encourage us to maintain at this unsustainable pace of hustle culture and capitalism of never feeling like you can catch a break. And I know that for some of us, we feel that way more than others. You really feel like you can't even take a breather.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: But, and I say this as I do a big sigh and take a big deep breath, there are things that you can do about it. There, there are ways that you can take your power back. And this [00:11:00] is what this episode is all about. It's about reminding you as we go through seasonal shifts, it's another opportunity for you to slow down and reflect and make some changes.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: It's another opportunity for you to celebrate yourself. It's another opportunity for you to honor your needs. I hope that you can do something intentional to prepare yourself for this transition. For this going into, for us, I keep saying going into summer because it's summer. I'm in the United States.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Some of us are going through a different season, going into winter season. But no matter where you are, no matter who is listening, I hope that you can take some time to assess, to reflect, to see what you need to change. In my case, I told y'all, I'm going down to one episode a week. I know I can keep that up for a lot longer.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: That [00:12:00] has been a pretty consistent thing that I've been able to do. Twice a week has been fun, but it has also been a lot of work. It's three to six hours per episode every single week. If I'm doing two episodes a week, every single week, multiple hours for you for free. No one's paying me for this, at least not yet.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: We'll see in the future. I'm trying to make it so that this is not an expensive hobby. I really am trying to make this work. of pursuing entrepreneurship in a way where I still maintain my integrity and I can pay my bills and make an impact. So please take care of yourself. Do something to prepare for this upcoming seasonal shift.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: And let me know, let me know what's resonating in the podcast. Let me know which episodes you enjoy. , please, please, please reach out. Leave a review, go ahead and [00:13:00] rate the podcast, subscribe, do what you can to support the show. It means a lot to me. All right, that's it for today and I will talk to you all next time.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: Thanks so much for joining me in the Grad School Femtoring Podcast. If you like what you heard, here are four ways you can support the show. The first is to make sure you're subscribed and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you email me a screenshot, I'll send you a surprise freebie. The second way is to get your copy of my free Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: which includes essential information to prepare for and navigate grad school. You can access it at the link in today's show notes. The third way to support my show is to follow me on social media. You can find me on Instagram with the handle at grad school, femtoring and on LinkedIn by searching my name.

Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu: The last way to show your love is to order a copy of is grad [00:14:00] school for me. My graduate school admissions book for first gen BIPOCs. Thanks again for listening and until next time.

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