It's not summertime in Annapolis, Maryland, if I don't get stuck at the small drawbridge crossing back into the Maritime Republic of Eastport after having lunch downtown at least once a week:
From within the air-conditioned confines of my car, the scene as I wait is absolutely beautiful. Big puffy white clouds across a sparkling bright blue sky. Sailboats gliding across shimmering water. The U.S. Naval Academy off in the distance.
But as soon as I step outside, I remember why I spend the vast majority of May through September looking (and feeling) like a grumpy, frizzy tomato:
This was the weather on Saturday in Annapolis. It was 96 degrees and felt like 114 degrees.But hey, for once we didn't have 70%+ humidity, so that's something to cheer for, right?
Look, I know some of you jokers just can't get enough of summer. And as I raise my arms to the heavens on the first day of fall in 62 days —but who's counting?— with tears of joy streaming quietly down my face, you'll tell me I'm crazy for being excited for the colder days ahead.
Which... well, that's fair.(My mother called me "creative" a lot when I was growing up, but with a tone that made me question whether or not that was the word she wanted to use.)
However, I'm willing to admit just this one time that there are a few redeeming qualities about summer:
WatchingNuggetzoom around the backyard in the bright sunshine.
Plus, I'll be going camping with friends the weekend after IMPACT Live. And then I'll be spending 72 hours exploring New York City solo before this merciless sweat lodge of a season comes to a conclusion. So, I guess those are good things I should be excited about.
Don't get too cozy with me saying nice things about summer, though — I'm still resolutely a fall and winter gal. In fact, if you tellanyoneI said something nice about summer, I'll deny it.
🎈 The Inbound Success Podcast Celebrates 100 Episodes by Recapping the 13 Proven Strategies High-Performing Marketers Use to Get Results
On August 28, 2017, IMPACT VP of Marketing Kathleen Booth published the very first episode of the Inbound Success podcast — and she hasn't missed a single week since. To celebrate this milestone, Kathleen decided to reflect on the almost 100 interviews she's conducted with industry thought leaders, business founders, digital marketers, and others.In this episode — which you can listen to or read — Kathleen shares the 13 themes she noticed inhow today's rockstar digital marketing leaders are getting big results for their brands.
TOMORROW at 11:30 a.m., ET: Join the LIVE! Facebook Watch Party for The IMPACT Show!Stephanie and Nick will be talking about how to prepare for and get the most out ofIMPACT Live 2019. Learn what the first day will be like, get tips on what to pack, and more!Add the Watch Party to your Facebook calendar.
Heads up, Chicago!Do you struggle to keep your sales and marketing teams aligned? This month's Chicago HUG (HubSpot User Group) meeting is a special lunchtime meetup! Join us onThursday, July 25, at 11:30 a.m. CT at Workboxfor lunch and lessons about sales enablement. Remember, you don't have to be a HubSpot User to attend,so register now — space is limited.
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Have your website critiqued by our panel of website strategy and design experts at our next Website Throwdown on August 8 at 1 p.m. ET. This is a very special episode, as hosts Stacy Willis and Jessie-Lee Nichols will be coming to you live from IMPACT Live 2019 — along with the entire IMPACT website team! So,now is the time to submit your site for next month's throwdown.You have until July 31 to submit your website for consideration!
🗞️ What I'm Reading Right Now
Finally, without preamble or context, here's what I'm reading: