DD Newsletter: Dealing With An "Imaginary Social Life"

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney

Happy Thanksgiving!

Real challenges, real solutions. The goal of this monthly newsletter is to cut through the B.S. and open up the conversation to honest experiences and relevant advice, no matter how unpretty. 

This month's challenge? How to deal with your "imaginary social life" when your dreams need 24 hours of your day. From established leaders to the doers among us, here are our low points, personal solutions, anxieties and ultimate goals:


"Being your own boss has its benefits but there’s also nothing that stands between you and an endless stream of work that, often, you love. But [as] entrepreneurs [we] must also take care of ourselves." 
- Cali Williams Yost, CEO of Flex+Strategy // @CaliYost


//  WHAT'S IT LIKE?  //

“One night [I] was like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s midnight and I have a husband and I’m, like, eight months pregnant. I need to leave!’ I was just here working, having the best possible time. [My husband] was like, ‘Where were you last night?’” - Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo // @marissamayer






"I feel like I'm loosing a lot of friends because I've stopped hanging out with them. And it's not because I don't want to see them...it's because I cut my social life to the minimum to spend time building my startup." - Hanh Nguyen, Founder of Stuff N Style // @fashiongiik





//  WHAT TO DO?  //

"I'm thankful for my friends - and that lessens the burn of feeling like I'm a bad entrepreneur when I don't get as much done as I might have without the social engagements." - Dani Fankhauser, Branded Content Editor at Bustle// @DaniFankhauser


"Managing expectations of friends & family helps - but it's never smooth sailing as an entrepreneur...I do love Taptalk to help me *efficiently* feel connected to my loved ones. It's the most authentic picture-based messaging app I know of." - Gesche Haas, Founder of Dreamers & Doers // @GescheHaas



"When I feel under the crunch, I used to forfeit the social stuff...but recently been Learning that doing that actually hinders my productivity. Getting out, unwinding and catching up with friends & family in fact is the ultimate reset." - Annabel Acton, Founder of Never Liked It Anyway // @pseudologosbell


//  WHAT HELPS?  //

We asked the doers among us for their favorite time-saving tools, groups, apps, services, and resources to help them stay in the social loop. Got a tip? Share it here!

Taptalk can help you keep in touch with friends and family even when you're at the office 'til 3am. Their instant video and picture messaging will make you feel like you're surrounded by your very best friends, no matter where you are. Check them out in the App Store or Google Play.


The pros at Host Committee* can handle your social events. Their legendary parties will give you some much needed bonding time with your friends - and you won't have to plan a thing. Follow them on Twitter for the latest updates on their NYC events.

*Co-founded by doers Yvonne Najor and Carli Roth.



Never feel guilty about postponing again. Feel free to take a rain check whenever you need to, just use Postpone to keep track of your changing schedule. Postpone will help you feel in control of your demanding day-to-day by prioritizing your tasks for you.




December 2, 6:30pm:
Dreamers // Doers -TAX AND INCORPORATION BOOTCAMP with Sher Associates. Find out everything an Entrepreneur needs to know on this topic. Secure your spot here.

December 14, 12:00pm: 

Join us for co-working time, discussion of current challenges and passion projects, and yummy food! Brunch will be $25, with portion of proceeds going to Kiva. The location will be revealed soon. RSVP here for more details.

Annie Wazer (
@Stylitics Marketing Manager) and Gesche Haas (@
DreamersDoersNY founder)

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