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  • Tamar Balkin

I'm taking a summer break, are you?

‘You've got to get a little,

Get a little every day

You get a sunburn right away

Your body's brown as a berry

But you can't lie down

Better let yourself cool down’

Sunburn by Graham Gouldman

(I couldn't find it on Spotify so Click here for the youtube )

Personal photo of Bondi beach.


“Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song

You go ahead, let your hair down’”

Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae (click here for the song)

The December summer holidays are filled with sunshine, rain, family, friends, loneliness, alcohol, partying, travel, being active, leisure, long patches of unscheduled time, sand, walks, mozzies, and being a sloth. I personally enjoy sitting on the couch with Nala at my feet reading a lovely novel, although she often has other ideas.

Regular readers would know that I begin each blog with semi-relevant song lyrics because it is popular and researchers have found a link between music and mood (click here for the blog). So to end the year with some fun listening, I have made a Balkin Coaching summertime playlist.

Take a moment put on your dancing shoes or, sit back in a comfy chair and click here to listen.

If you wish, send me an email to let me know your favourite summer songs and I’ll add them to the playlist.

Final thoughts

Thank you all for taking the time to read, comment on my blog and share it with friends and colleagues over the past year. Your continued support inspires me to ensure that evidence-based leadership and well-being research is accessible, practical and interesting.

Wishing you and your loved ones a relaxing break, and a new year filled with good physical and psychological health. Please remember to regularly pause, take a breath and enjoy your leisure time.

I am taking a break from the 15th of December to the 17th of January 2023to spend quality time with friends and all of my family. Looking forward to reconnecting in 2023.


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