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? 

Take 5 - 10 minutes to share your thoughts around Ocean Literacy...

I'm also working with Wild Labs at the moment. In advance of two 2 day design sprints in London and Bristol to prototype some solutions to 'save our seas' we are gathering perspectives from people across the UK to discover what does Ocean Literacy mean to you... Please take a moment to complete the survey, it shouldn't take 5-10 minutes of your time and would be really important to us. Click the image below. 

Thanks!! 

Mohit Mamoria wrote  Are You Who You Think You Are. I think it's pretty bang on article to make that enquiry into who we are, not by definition of our jobs. 

A wise man asks three bricklayers what they are doing. One says, “I am laying bricks.” Another says, “I am building a wall.” The third one says, “I am building the cathedral.”

Also from the article my favourite quote of all time: 

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss

And this beautiful gem: 

You are a story, yet to unfold,
You are a book, yet to be told,
You are a pot, before it’s mould,
You might be just a rock perhaps,
Just a rock? Yes, but a rock of gold.

I'm going to be making that very same enquiry into myself over the last year of my 20's. Yesterday I turned 29 and will be writing some memoirs of the last three decades and plans for the future over the coming weeks and months as we close 2017. 

 

If this isn't inspiring I don't know what is

This past ten days, I have been investigating how to bring more art into my life. Crafting, making, painting and creating is something I've done since I was a little girl, even today I spend my free moments doodling and drawing. Yet for one reason or another, I've never given it time other than painting gift cards for friends and family. 

Today, I remembered the talk of an amazing chap called Tom Fishburne a.k.a "The Marketoonist". I met him when he told his inspiring story about quitting his job at Method (after being inspired himself at the inaugural Do Lectures 3 years prior) to follow his heart in to cartooning. We were in a tipi in Wales at The Do Lectures in 2011. I was there volunteering and remember his talk vividly. In fact I remember putting my hand up in the auction for one of his signed original paintings of the event, the bid got to high and alas, a more wealthy bidder won the prize. Good for the fundraiser though! Here's Tom's Do Lectures experience in his own words accompanied by the slides from his talk.

I left a great job, at a great company, in a recession, to become a cartoonist. Today, I’m here to share the story of finding my story, in the hopes that it helps you think about yours.
— Tom Fishburne

Tom's cartoons carry powerful messages which he sells to brands as a communication tool. Cartoons cut to the point, entertain and have a poignance which can't always be put into words. His work now gets viewed by hundreds of thousands of people and is featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and more. It's inspiring because he's made his passion his work and I'm excited to share with you Tom's talk in the hope it ignites a fire in your belly, like it did for me today. 

 

 

23 Laws of Interesting by Hiut Denim.

This is a fantastic blog from Hiut Denim based on the premise that "Interesting things happen when you do interesting things." Outlined in their blog below are the circumstances that will most certainly help to make life more interesting and in turn open you up to more interesting opportunities. 

#16, Interesting and happiness are good mates.

Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.
— David Hieatt (inspired by Russell Davies)

Click here to read the blog on 23 Laws of Interesting. 

#19, Say yes when you would say no.

In order to keeps things interesting, saying yes to something you would normally say no to. It opens up new connections. Connections that you wouldn’t normally have made. And, sometimes, they are the best.
— David Hieatt (inspired by Russell Davies)

This is so true to the life I have led so far. For all of the exciting, really interesting opportunities that have presented themselves to me, either in my dreams or in reality, for the most part I have tried to just say yes. In fact, 'Just Say Yes' is the subject of the talk Ross and I gave at The Do Lectures in 2013. Check that out here


Buy 23 Laws of Interesting as a poster here from the Do Lectures store. 

This Manifesto of a Doer is also another great gift for 15.00 - bargain. 

 

 

 

 

Best foody instagrammers to follow

I'm sharing this blog from Buzzfeed - the top 22 food based instagram accounts to follow. Needless to say you one can get some great recipes, amazing healthy, hearty, nourishing meals ideas and view stunning photos from each of these talented bloggers:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mackenziekruvant/yumstagrams-2016#.yfpjdmAKQ

  Instagram: @bysaber

Instagram: @bysaber

Blog cover photo cred: Instagram: @fooddeco

Top Moments in Women's Action Adventure Sports

A friend called Zennor, named after the place in Cornwall (Hi Zennor if you are reading this!) sent me this link which highlights the best moments in womens action adventure last year. 

Some great click through links and articles to look at for the young female adventure enthusiast out there. 

http://mpora.com/articles/top-10-moments-womens-action-adventure-sports-2015#Y9IuyCLKcKRI7yqD.97

Go get it girls!

 Photo from Blog - not sure who took it - sorry photographer!

Photo from Blog - not sure who took it - sorry photographer!

Here's to the rise of Multipotentialites!

Watched another great TEDx talk from Emilie Wapnick speaking last spring from Bend, Oregon last night. 

It seems to be a week of being reassured by others that having many skills and interests is totally ok. One doesn't need to have a calling or a career that's clear as day in order for them to be successful in life, in fact we need people who can be dynamic, fast learners, combine their learnings to create new ideas, merge subjects and be very creative thinkers. After all some of the most successful work teams are made up of specialists and generalists. Or what Emilie Wapnick likes to call 

MULTI -

POTENTIAL- 

ITES 

"Multipotentialites"  

And I like it!

She talks of the three super powers that Multipotentialites have in her talk below - watch it - it's great.  


Jill of All Trades - that's me alright.

I just finished listening to another fantastic podcast from Tim Ferris about the Top 5 Reason's to be a Jack of All Trades. Or in my case, Jill of All Trades. 

I was sat in a classroom at 16 years old and told to pick my four A Level subjects. 

As a young student I was totally flummoxed (great word) at having to select my subjects, which I was lead to believe would define my future.

Two years later it was all about searching university prospectuses, scanning endless lists of potential degrees available and I felt the same confusion over what subject to choose. Where to specialize... 

I settled on what I thought was the most exciting option... to leave home and go work in Mexico, work as a kayak guide, learn Spanish and travel around Central America at 18.

My life has continued on a similar path. Amazing adventures with interesting people, a host of different jobs and exciting experiences including producing the Do Lectures in wine country California, Sales Director for one of the best surf resort in the jungles of Costa Rica, Office Manager at the home of Outdoor Adventure sport Coasteering, Escaping from Alcatraz, Ironman Cozumel, and working on the world's first accelerator dedicated to girls in poverty.... and that's all in the last 3 years. 

The Jill of All Trades maximizes her number of peak experiences in life. She has an insatiable pursuit of excellence, unrelated to material gain.
— Tim Ferris

I was listening intently, snuggled up on the sofa feeling quietly happy about the roller-coaster my life is and how those incredible and random experiences have all been important in me becoming more of a generalist, much less a specialist. 

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
— Robert A Heinlein

Tim was saying "Jack of All Trades, Master of None" is a load of rubbish... and actually we, the generalists, survive and thrive. Good news! There are so many gems in this podcast it could become a weekly listen for me. Click the image to listen to the podcast. 

If you could become world class at half a dozen skills, each in 6 months of less, which would you choose?
— Tim Ferris

Screw Finding Your Passion

You already found your passion, you’re just ignoring it. Seriously, you’re awake 16 hours a day, what the fuck do you do with your time? You’re doing something, obviously. You’re talking about something. There’s some topic or activity or idea that dominates a significant amount of your free time, your conversations, your web browsing, and it dominates them without you consciously pursuing it or looking for it.
— Mark Manson

Found this excellent article by a fantastic blogger called Mark Manson called Screw Finding Your Passion. It's a great 7 minute read. Read it! 

Screw Finding Your Passion

I am 'The Resource Investigator'.

I am doing a training course through work at the moment called Leadership and Team Skills. It is ILM Level 2 so pretty basic stuff  - and it is always good to continue learning. 

Through the course, I got the idea to do the Belbin's test to figure out what Team Role I would play in a team. I think I've done it before back in school but it was really interesting to do it again as a grown up. 

It came up that I am The Resource Investigator.

Extrovert, enthusiast, communicative

Contribution I'd make to the team: 

Explores opportunities, develops contacts, keeps the team in touch with what is happening outsie. Learns about ideas, information and developments and new possibilities in the outside world. 

Allowable weaknesses: 

Overoptimistic. loses interest once initial enthusiasm has passed.


I think this is pretty true of my character and personality. Clever little test eh?

I scored 21 for Resource Investigator and also pretty high scores for The Plant and The Implementer. The Plant is creative, imaginative and unorthodox and The Implementer is Disciplined, Reliable, Conservative and efficient. She is systematic and methodical. 

Training program

We have been following a format a little bit like this (sometimes more // sometimes less) 

Day 1  - 90 minute Bike + 60 minutes Cross fit

Day 2  - 45 minute Swim + 60 minute Run 

Day 3 - Rest day 

Day 4 - 60 minutes Hot Yoga 

Day 5 - 60 minutes Cross Fit 

Day 6* - 5 hour bike (70 + miles)

Day 7* - 1 hour swim, 2 hour run 

***Repeat*** 

* these started off much smaller distances and have been building over the last few months. 

We started training on July 19th with four months before the race. It feels like plenty of time. We feel like we've certainly been getting stronger. If we had had more time we mightn't have taken the training as seriously. 

I've not been really taking it that seriously to be honest with regards to making the goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based. I just sort of go out, try hard and try harder, faster or longer distances the next time. If I'd had a personal trainer keeping an eye on me I would imagine my training would have been worlds apart with specific things to work on in each session. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Chrissy Wellington's book A Life Without Limits. Totally awesome read for anyone and everyone. In it she talks about the training sessions being slow & steady (for distance training), race pace (faster but not total burn out) and faster than race pace (all out short, sharp training sessions). 

Given that you are on your own during the race with no music it is helpful to have a wild imagination and a memory bank full of ideas to help you keep going. Families, friends, places and faces, music, smells and sights you've seen. 

I'm looking forward to seeing how all of this training comes together on race day. November 29th. Less than 40 days from now. 

The talk...

In my last blog post I talked about the event that inspired me to enter an Ironman in Mexico next month. 

Here is the actual talk that made me want to do it. 

In his talk he says we all act like we think we have loads of time. We think we know when we are going to go. But we don't. We act like we have a sand clock of time left on earth. 

But we don't. And he started to point at people in the audience...

"Do you have a sand clock?"

"Do you?"

"Do you?"

"I don't". 

"What would you do if your time clock said you had a year left to live? Or a month? Or a week? What would you do differently? or the same? What if you only had a day?" Now that's something.

Here's the talk in all it's glory. 

"Pick Yourself" Isra García is a marketeer and a word reference advisor for disrupting innovation and business transformation for the new economy. Isra shares his deepest secrets on how he decided to turn around his life when he was 24 when Isra took the courage to change his present and move from a 12 hours job at a textile factory to the UK. Becoming nowadays a leader on social media thinking, Internet, innovation, productivity and lifestyle. Don't miss the philosophy he applied to live as intense as he works, pushing his abilities far away from his limits.

WARNING: It make inspire you to take on a challenge that will change your life!