A Joyful Summer

A Makelight online course

Join me, Emily Quinton, while I bring together a supportive, encouraging group with inspiring and realistic projects, exercises and videos. Read on for how it works and what's included.


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Hi! I'm Emily Quinton and I run Makelight – an online community that helps you build your creative life and business.

Summer is here and I want to really help you to make the very best of this season. I used to find that these months whizzed by in a flash and before I know it I’d arrived in the final third of the year without a plan, having failed to do all the things I wanted to and definitely not as refreshed as I hoped I would be. 

Over the past couple of years I have been more intentional about how I spend the Summer months and I’ve learned ways to make the school holidays work well for the whole family. I now really enjoy the Summer and am always ready to hit the ground running in September and really make the most of the rest of the year.

I have created “A Joyful Summer” to help you do the same. I want to really help you to enjoy this season, to make time for yourself,  your work and your creativity. And, to do this together with others around the world (where some of you will be applying this to Winter instead!), so that you can make new friends, be inspired and be part of a beautiful community. 

This course is designed to fit into your life. I know it is probably already very full, so you will be able to dip in and out as it works for you. I will share something each day Monday-Friday throughout July and August but you don’t have to do it all, or you can save the week’s episodes up and watch them all at once on a Sunday afternoon if that works best for you. 

Make this your best, most joy filled Summer yet. And if you have school-age children, to help make the Summer holidays full of joy, not stress.  I cannot wait for us to get started on 1st July! xo 

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How it works

A daily email

Sign up to receive an email each day, Monday to Friday, with something new to keep you motivated and inspired. It'll be a mixture of videos, written pieces, exercises and prompts.

Dip in and out

Don’t worry if you don’t have time to join in each day, you can skip days, save days, take days twice! All the course content will stay here for you for as long as you want it to.

A special Facebook group

I have wrapped it all up in this special project along with a special Facebook Group, so that we can all connect with each other.

Facebook live

We'll have Facebook live video sessions where I'll be on hand to keep you motivated. Once you've signed up, I'll share we

Runs all through July and August

Once you've signed up, you'll be part of a group that will run all the way through until the end of August. There's no requirement to watch everything - dip in as you like!

Free for Makelight members

With a full membership you get access to courses and projects like this, so by joining in you'll be getting a taster of what a full membership of Makelight is all about!


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Episodes included

Introduction and Welcome
An introduction to A Joyful Summer
Reflect and Grow
Take time today to reflect on the first six months of the year
Your Calendar
Taking time to really look at your calendar will help you understand how much time you really have.
Batching & Scheduling
Thinking about batching your tasks together to make better use of your time and how to schedule in your batching.
Creating Mind Maps and Lists
Creating mind maps and lists can really help us to look at all that we need to do.
Creating A Vision Board
Take time to create a vision board to help you to think about the months ahead.
Setting Your Autumn Goals
Take time to think about your Autumn Goals
Making Your Goals Happen
It is often easy to set goals and think they will magically happen.
Reviewing Your Brand
Six months through the year is a great time to review your brand.
Your Summer Social Media
Taking time to think about your social media over the summer and how you can prepare for the Autumn.
Making Time To Read & Listen
Deciding to make time for reading and listening to audio books has been one of the best decisions I've made this year.
Blending Your Work and Life
Striving for a perfect work/life balance can often feel impossible. Try thinking about blending your work and life instead.
How Do You Feel Today?
Take time to reflect on how you are feeling today.
How Do You Want To Feel Most Of The Time?
Yesterday we looked at how we are feeling right now. Today it's all about how we want to feel most of the time.
Gratitude Practice
Take time each day to write down three things that you are grateful for that day.
Your Self-Care
Self-care looks different for everyone. Spend some time thinking about what helps you to feel good.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness and Meditation can both really help you to be happier, calmer and more present.
Mantras and Affirmations
The words we say to ourselves really can have an impact on how we feel and what we do
Managing Comparison
It is always hard when you compare yourself to others and social media really doesn't help this.
Taking the time to write in a journal every day can help you in so many ways.
Scheduling Life Stuff
Scheduling life stuff is just as important as work stuff, so take some time today to book in some things for you.
Your Creativity
Take time to reflect on your own creativity.
Gathering Your Creative Inspiration
Where do you gather your inspiration from for your creativity?
Working With Colour
Colour is such a wonderful thing but we can often stick to safe colours or ones we've lived and worked with for years. Take a new look at colour.
Creative Challenges
Setting yourself a creative challenge can really help you to keep regular creativity going.
Thinking About Your Photography
Take time to think about your photography. Is there anything you want to work on? Are you happy with your photography?
Creative Confidence
Do you suffer from creative confidence? I hope this inspires you.
What If People Copy Me?
People will always copy ideas or take more inspiration than you might like but even if people copy you, they don't have what comes next.
Seasonal Creativity
Using the seasons to inspire your creativity.
Celebrating Your Creativity
Take time to celebrate your creativity.
Learn Something New
Commit to regularly learning something new.
Bonus Lesson : Creativity With Children
A bonus lesson about creativity with children