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. 


Do you live in Bristol, Bath, Exeter or Birmingham?

I mentioned in an earlier post, that I got a sweet job (wahoo!) - I'm working with the small team at Good For Nothing (GFN) to help the GFN community take off. 

I am super excited about a new collaboration we have with the folks at Boston Tea Party. Part of their Making Things Better initiative is they genuinely want to have a positive impact in the communities they serve. And we are a network of individuals who are giving the gift of our creativity, talents and skills to local projects and groups in their neighbourhoods. So the two movements go hand in hand. Boston Tea Party get to directly support the act of doing good for nothing by hosting the get togethers and Good For Nothing have a hub in a city and can jam on issues and challenges in their area whilst sipping on a flat white = brilliant! 

We're launching in Bristol on the 13th June, Bath on the 14th and then Exeter on the 27th and Birmingham 29th June. If you live in one of those cities and can come to check it out and get involved it would be great to see you there. 

Bristol : June 13

Bath : June 14

Exeter : June 27  

Birmingham : June 29 

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:

Instagram: @bysaber

Instagram: @bysaber

Blog cover photo cred: Instagram: @fooddeco

Vision Board v2

I've been collecting magazine cut outs for the last couple of months and enjoyed putting together some vision boards for around the house for the next couple of months (until we move house again!). 

They help me to picture what I'd like to be doing more of, and by putting the images around me they seem to quite often manifest themselves. They give me clarity and focus on what I want my life to be like. 

Jack Canfield wrote on his blog about vision boards 'A tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life..... The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires.

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

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!


Why the DO Lectures exist

Why The DO Lectures exists from David Hieatt, the guy who, in 2008 with his wife Clare decided to see what would happen if they got the Doers of the world together to inspire others to DO too.

 7 years later we have DO Lectures in Wales, California, Australia and now Costa Rica! is where you'll find the talk archive of all the speakers who've told their inspirational stories. You can watch them there for free. 

Should Vs Must

In April 2013 this Medium blog post by Elle Luna went viral. It was called The Crossroads of Should vs Must and was read by millions of people. 

Elle joined us at The DO Lectures USA in September 2014 and gave a talk which I will keep going back and watching until I am settled with what I am doing with my life. It is freaking awesome. I love it. ‎ The Importance of Doing What You Love “There are two paths in life: should and must.” In her talk Elle walks us through how "Choosing Must is an everyday process". Elle Luna Artist, Designer and Writer Elle Luna works in her studio, where she paints, draws, and experiments. Prior to making art, she worked with incredible teams to design and build Mailbox's iPhone app, redesign Uber's iOS app that allows people to hail a black car, and scale the storytelling platform, Medium. Before startups, Elle spent five years at IDEO where she worked across a variety of industries to develop multi-channel, holistic experiences with massive impact.

What Elle talks about really resonates with me because I am at a time where I feel like I should know what I want to be. What I want to Do. She opens this up and makes it not so scary but instead encourages you to grab onto the thing you love to Do and make it your job, your career and your calling. 

Our Do Lecture

There's a few mentions of The Do Lectures elsewhere on my site, so I thought I'd share the talk that Ross and I gave at The Do Lectures USA in California in September 2013.

We had been on the road, cycling from Canada to Mexico for a few months already when we stopped in at the stunning winery Campovida in Mendocino County to volunteer at 'DO USA'. As I'd volunteered at DO Wales for every year previously, it felt right to come and help out over the pond, especially as our cycle plans forecast for us to be cycling through that area right around the time of the event.

No forecast could have predicted though, that on the first afternoon of the event we would be up on stage speaking ourselves. After all, the speakers we've met from The Do Lectures over the last 5 years have become our mentors, people we have a huge amount of admiration and respect for - so to be up on stage where they had stood sharing our own inspirational story was such an honor. 

At this point though, I must add, we were invited to speak just 2 hours before our slot on stage. There had been a last minute cancellation from an adventurous speaker whose journey had been significantly delayed. So we escaped from volunteering for the afternoon and using a whiteboard, started mapping out what the hell we were going to say, pulling photos off our Facebook walls and wherever else we could to illustrate the journey we'd been on. Where do we even start?!  Unlike the other speakers who had had months to prepare we frantically got to work to give the biggest talk of our lives to date. 

We rushed into the barn with 2 minutes to spare - enough time to catch our breath, compose ourselves and hear the most touching introduction from our friend and mentor Duke Stump.