Alice Beese now fully qualified holistic massage therapist working from BS9 in Bristol.Read More
Just got back from a brilliant two week trip visiting friends in Boulder, Colorado and Ojai through to San Diego California via Joshua Tree and The Grand Canyon.
two days in Boulder with old friends from Unreasonable including a stunning hike to the Rocky Mountain National Park for some cold brews.
road biking; climbing up into the hills inland of Ojai until we ran out of water and were refreshed with delicious fresh orange juice from the pixie warehouse at the bottom.
yoga with Molly at Peak Power yoga.
surfing at C street on some boards lent to us by our good friend Chipper bro Bell who was retiring from 25 years on the front desk at Patagonia HQ in Ventura. and briefly meeting Yvon Chouinard was cool!
seeing the success of our friends sunglasses company Goodr going super well.
Joshua Tree National park. Spikey. warm. amazing climbing. went for a few walks scrambling up some killer rocks.
renting a van and driving 8 hours each way to see the deepest canyon on the planet. The best Christmas gift. such beauty, scale, magnitude, history, depth, colour. it was freezing though and snowed on Christmas - chilly to be cooking outside.
Back in Bristol to see in the New Year.
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.
I had the best two days with friends and family from far and wide, back in my home country Pembrokeshire celebrating the big birthday!
Saturday: Oakwood theme park - was always a good fall back option for Birthdays back in the day or a rainy day treat once a year.
Fish and chips. classic.
Masked ball party on Saturday night.
Sunday: Playing in the sea for ages at Whitesands - one of the beaches of my childhood, also where I skinny dipped on our wedding morning and lifeguarded as a teenager.
Just got back on Thursday night from a fantastic few days in the Swiss mountains in Klosters.
The Common Seas team were delivering four workshops at The Klosters Forum - an annual environmental conference to promote collaborations with the hope of accelerating and sparking new initiatives. This year it was all about... Ocean Plastic!
My role was booking all the team travel from door to door, preparing the workshop materials including worksheets and moderator notes, supporting the team to facilitate their sessions, moderating the groups, working with the event production team on set up and much more.
Got back to Bristol and straight into my Anatomy, Physiology and pathology class at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork - so spent all day yesterday learning about the respiratory and digestive system. Today we practised massage to aid both breathing and digestion so that was fun!
Spent 3 nights and four days with my fellow massage students! We did a lot of learning and massage but also found time to swim in this river at least once a day, went for a run, danced lindyhop and salsa, ate amazing food. Such a great course.
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.
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.
So, this is Adam, he's the in house guy at The Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork to help us learn all the bones in the body. My massage course is going well. It's a 11 month long Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage and I'm about half way there. We're meeting every month atBCMB to learn from our tutors and then over the month in between each gathering we practice a lot - and study, write our milestone assignments and submit our Anatomy, Pathology and Physiology homework. It's good to be learning again - and with so much variety in what we've been learning about. Next month we have a 4 day residential in Hereford with all the students. Should be fun - organic veg from their garden, swimming in the river - and lots and lots of massage
Came across this amazing article on Wait But Why today, it's called
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?
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."
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."
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...
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?
A simple website I made on Wordpress and a logo, posters and postcards I designed to promote the Balsall Heath Cooks - a new community collective of ladies in Birmingham, launching their enterprises in the world of food!
- Three large scoops of Balsall Heath’s finest cooks
- A bucket load of experience
- Add a squeeze of creative genius
- And a pinch of imagination
- Stir in some stories
- A dollop of laughter
- Bake for 3 hours and enjoy
Long but very worthy read.... The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right
Mark Bittman and doctor David L. Katz patiently answer pretty much every question we could think of about healthy food
- Why have I been led to believe that carbs are evil?
- I keep hearing that lectins are toxic and make weight loss harder. What’s the deal?
- But also: Beans make me fart.
- Okay, sounds good, but — what about probiotics?
- Is there really such a thing as a superfood?
In London on March 1/2 and Bristol on March 15/16 Wild Labs put on two design sprints, where 30 creatives came together to come up with some fun and out of the box solutions to Ocean Literacy. No one knows what Ocean literacy is (it's the knowledge of your impact on the ocean and the oceans impact on you) and people don't really know what to do to be an ocean literate person even if they wanted to.
I helped curate both of the gatherings which took place over 24hrs, at Saatchi & Saatchi in London and then again at Home in Bristol whose spaces were generously gifted to the process. In the build-up to the event I booked the venues and worked with the venue hosts, arrange pizzas, beers, breakfast and lunch, pub reservations, got some swag done, lots of phone calls, the odd train to Bath and London to meet the team, made the event booking website (splash.that is great by the way for any event organisers reading this), then handled and processed all the incoming applications, emailed with all the participants, started a Slack group for chatting post-event, got all the materials printed, bought all the stationary, hosted the events and then arranged all the thank yous messages and a few gifts afterwards. All in 10 days work.
The outputs of the design sprints will be coming soon, but to stay in the loop you can sign up to the newsletter here or follow along on twitter and instagram @wearewildlabs
1 - Matt and Laurence chatting over an idea.
2 - Stage 1 brainstorm
3 - Stimulus for the sprint
4 - Shaping the idea
5 - Swag
6 - Playback - "feel the power of the ocean - in this case, a vibrator made from ocean plastics." Yes, it's been done before by MTV but this is even better.