I qualified!

After a year of study, milestone assignments, case studies and over 100 hours of practice - I qualified in massage! I now have the best qualification in the UK - Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage, Physiology and Pathology from the prestigious Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork.

Monday night massage here in Bristol for £45.00 an hour. I’ll carry on working full time at Common Seas, and hope to create a 1:1 model with the massage business so that when you book one you pay it forward to someone less fortunate - undecided whether this group will be refugees, vulnerable women, homeless or another local organisation.

My new website is massagewithalice.com for those wanting more information.

so you can chill like this panda

so you can chill like this panda

The Do Lectures 2018

My oldest Do Lectures T shirt has 2008 on it. And I'm excited to have gotten to be invited to the tenth Do Lectures. I've volunteered at over 6 of the events, produced two of them in 2014 and 2015 at Campovida, USA and actually spoke in 2013 too about our 2,500 mile bike ride down the west coast of the states. 

Anyway... was great to be back and see many old faces who I love dearly. 

And in return for getting to be at the tenth anniversary? I massaged everyone - well it certainly felt like it had been everyone when Sunday night rolled around! 23 massages in a few days - I was so wiped out! But what a cool way to give back to the event that has been such a huge part of my life and created so many life changing moments. It makes me so full up and happy inside to be a part of The Do. 

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New beginnings

Started my new job last week with Common Seas full time in Bristol working with an amazing lady called Jo Royle. 

Jo Royle has over 15 years experience spearheading global marine programs and sailing ventures through identifying critical marine issues, aligning senior experts and engineering solutions to reduce human impact on the sea. She founded Common Seas to design out marine plastic pollution and to enable fully documented fisheries.

Jo led The Pew Charitable Trusts, Global Ocean Legacy campaign; securing the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve. A recognised ocean sailing skipper, she worked with a team to design and build the Plastiki - a 60-foot catamaran made out of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, which she skippered across the Pacific, drawing global media attention to plastic pollution in the ocean. As well as working Nike, Hewlett-Packard, L'Oreal and Inmarsat, her work has been featured in the BBC, National Geographic, Vogue, Time and TEDx. Jo was awarded the Geddes Environmental Medal and holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Society from University College London. 

Common Seas gets out there to discover and explore challenges facing people and the sea. We spot the issues and align experts to engineer systems, products and policies that improve social and economic value, whilst creating a resilient ocean.

Photo by  Das Sasha  on  Unsplash

Photo by Das Sasha on Unsplash

Came across this amazing article on Wait But Why today, it's called 

How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)

It's "a framework that I think can help a career-path reflector better see their own situation, and what really matters to them, clearly and honestly. This framework has worked really well for me, so I think it can probably be helpful for other people too." By Tim Urban 

Which map are you holding? 

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The Big Question

"These are people who feel indecisive about their career path. They’ve been told to follow their passion, but they don’t feel especially passionate about anything. They’ve been told to let their strengths guide them, but they’re not sure what they’re best at. They may have felt they had answers in the past, but they’ve changed and they’re no longer sure who they are or where they’re going." 

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The Wrong Arrow

"A nice clear arrow representing a direction they feel confident is right—but find their legs walking in a different direction. They’re living with one of the most common sources of human misery, a career path they know in their heart is wrong."

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The Up Arrow

"The lucky ones feel they know where they want to go and believe they’re marching in that direction. But even these people should pause and ask themselves, “Who actually drew this arrow? Was it really me?” The answer can get confusing." 

 

Read the full article here - it's long but so very worth it for that moment of reflection... 

What are you doing with Your Dash

I know on my gravestone it will read, my date of birth is September 2nd, 1988. And the day I died - morbid I know. And a date none of us know yet. Between these two significant dates is a Dash. 

Born xxx - Died xxx  

There is is The Dash. 

Here's a poem that's great for funerals, and just general contemplation about what you do with your dash. Your life. 

 

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash,

What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; Are there things you would like to change?

For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what is true and real

and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more

and love the people in our lives like we have never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,

Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash…

Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash? 

It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Alice on the Balsall Heath Cooks project as part of the We Are Balsall Heath Street Festival on 22 April 2018. Alice has this incredible ability to turn the most challenging of situations into fun, calm and ease. Her joyful personality and excellent communication skills helped her offer compassion and creativity during the ups and downs of working with the culturally diverse women and their understandable trepidation of launching their catering businesses publicly. Throughout, Alice worked very hard - sometimes late at night - to make sure everyone had what they needed when they needed it. I loved working with Alice especially her ‘can do’ attitude and creativity and look forward to working with her again.
— Dr Noha Nasser, Founding Director, MELA Social Enterprise and Organiser of the We Are Balsall Heath Street Festival.
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