Reflections on the travel challenge – Question & Answer

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories” – Ray Bradbury

This year I set myself the challenge of travelling every month, travel is fuel for my soul and I’m happiest when on a trip, so thought I would try to do monthly trips to ensure consistent happiness. Everyone I speak to about this always has lots of questions, so I have tried to answer some of the most popular ones below. Continue reading “Reflections on the travel challenge – Question & Answer”

How to stay motivated

Motivation is a concept I have wrestled with for a long time and something I struggle with daily. My main issue with it as a concept is that it gets mixed in with many other attributes which are then packaged as motivation and sold as something we should possess, but in many ways it is unobtainable and then we are made to feel guilty for not reaching a certain standard. Nowadays we are bombarded with the ‘massive’ achievements people have accomplished and it’s made to look easy and attainable, but we don’t see the behind the scenes process which is hard and tiring and often involves many other people.

Put simply motivation is ‘a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way’. The key everyone is searching for is how to motivate themselves and others, which is not a one size fits all answer and in reality something that needs to be agile and flexible. Continue reading “How to stay motivated”

Career Insight: 4 top tips for moving to fulltime freelance work

We spend so much of our time at work and to feel fulfilled, challenged and satisfied is all to often an aspiration that we don’t achieve. We all have other interests we enjoy and even the pipe dream of turning those into a full time career. But what is the reality of doing that? Is it achievable? Does the dream match the reality and how do you start to get there?

I asked my good friend and occasional collaborator Becky Dixon  who has built her business from scratch how she had gone about doing this.

“If you had told me, when I was 8 years old, that my penchant for making up radio plays on my Fisher Price tape deck, complete with dubious accents and hand made puppets could possibly lead me towards a freelance career as a storyteller and music workshop leader, I would have given you a pretty hearty dose of the withering look I was also perfecting at that age. The only jobs I really knew existed were teacher, lawyer, doctor and something mysterious ‘in an office’ (presumably shuffling bits of paper around) and everyone in my family seemed to have sensible, solid careers, so freelancing was never even on the agenda, and creative hobbies were just that, hobbies to be done on the side of work.

So, that I now spend my days lugging my cello around London and telling stories and singing songs for a living, often spending my weekends dressed as a pirate leading story trails around SE London community gardens was not a career direction I ever had mapped out… But these days I run my own small business leading story and music classes for little folk in my home area of SE London, and also freelance for various arts organisations and arts venues in London telling stories, and after gradually gently dipping my feet into the freelance world, I have been doing this for the past three years. Continue reading “Career Insight: 4 top tips for moving to fulltime freelance work”

Articles that have inspired me lately

I love learning how other companies and people work and achieve success. Over the past few weeks I’ve found the articles listed below great to read.

Soundcloud appear really forward thinking and adaptive with their strategies and methods of internal communication and making people feel involved and part of the team. This article felt like Soundcloud was constantly measuring and adapting its ways of communicating to change and grow with the company and to make sure people felt involved and informed and changing to fit the team and dynamics as opposed to forcing pre-existing ways and procedures on people.

Aimee Bateman is a recruitment consultant who now has her own company Career Cake. I discovered her on Youtube a while ago and find she gives very useful career advice grounded in a wealth of experience. As it’s the New Year a lot of us set goals, but this short piece on successful goal setting goes into the details of breaking those goals down and understanding why you really want them. Continue reading “Articles that have inspired me lately”