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  1. Learning and growing


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    This is a guest post by Lara Tabatznik who talks more about building 42 Acres – a dream retreat in Somerset, UK. You can find out more about Lara here, read our interview with her here and read her last blog post here.

    I see lessons as gifts, not always at the time, but usually in hindsight. The lessons I have learned – and continue to learn – on this journey have truly been gifts.

    My biggest lesson so far has been to trust the process. This lesson has come in many forms and whenever I have felt I’m being tested I’ve held onto the belief that this is my opportunity to learn and grow. From the quote for the conservatory coming in at double what we expected (hence the reason we’re holding off building this for now) to numerous adaptations for our planning permission – ultimately I can see already how all these things have all served us.

    Having never done this before, unknowns and uncertainties come with the territory so I’ve had to rely on my intuition to make decisions and accept that I’ll probably make mistakes along the way. For example we haven’t done any marketing yet as we want the buzz about 42 Acres to spread simply by word of mouth and through our existing network. This just feels like the best type of marketing for us. Of course I have no idea if this will work, but I am trusting the process and following my gut instinct knowing this approach feels right.

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  2. Life According to Mr.K – On Recruiting

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    We have just put the final building block for our team in place, having recruited a new Marketing Officer/Community Manager. Our team is now complete (for the time being anyway!) The successful candidate cannot yet be named but I look forward to introducing you to a very special person next month. For now, I wanted to share some thoughts on the recruitment process itself, as it has really fascinated me over over the past few months.

    In the last year we have recruited SEVEN staff for DWYL and for some of our various collaborations. I know this number might not seem very large for a major company, but for us it is a huge increase in staff and brings with it a huge responsibility.

  3. Nurture yourself: part 3

    4 ways to de-stress your life

    We all know what it’s like to feel stressed. It happens when everything gets too much and we feel overloaded and overburdened. And when we start feeling this way we start to doubt whether we can cope with the amount of pressure being placed upon us.

    Stress is the body’s natural reaction to pressure. Some of us experience physical effects, like a rise in body temperature, a churning stomach, sweaty palms and a dry mouth, others experience emotional effects, like worry, sadness or anxiety, and others are affected mentally, losing concentration and focus. All are normal and let you know us that our bodies are working exactly as they should be.

    Sometimes a little bit of stress (what experts call acute stress) that you feel “in the moment” can be good. It’s a kind of fight or flight response that you have when you give a presentation, give your best performance in sport, or meet a deadline. This type of ‘stress’ is defined by the fact that it’s immediate and short term. In most cases, once the cause of your stress has been removed, your body and mind return to a normal state.

    Chronic stress however, is entirely different, and it can be detrimental to your health. This type of stress is the kind that you experience every day with no reprieve because there’s no escape from the things that are making you feel stressed.

    Whatever the cause of your stress, The Mayo Clinic suggests using ‘The Four As’ to help you deal with it in a healthy way…

  4. A little work inspiration…

     

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  5. Intimate conversations with fascinating people (FREE webinar series)

     

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    Over the past few weeks I have had the great privilege of interviewing a series of fascinating people on the big questions that echo for us all. What is really important in life? How do we pursue our dreams? What is the future going to look like in terms of the way we work, learn and earn? How can we carve out our own path, and do things in a way which makes us happy? How can we be more creative, more adventurous, more inspired in our daily lives?

    This journey of conversation has taken me to three continents, across many time zones, and it has both provided answers and sparked further questions.

    We have recorded these in-depth interviews with thought leaders and put them together into a brand new FREE webinar series called Alchemy, and you are invited. It will stretch your mind, challenge your thinking and open your eyes to new ideas. I urge you to be part of it.

    The videos will be shared daily by email from April 27 – May 3 to everyone signed up to the series. We will also provide an Alchemy Playbook, full of probing questions to help you squeeze all the goodness out of each conversation. And we will be hosting Twitter chats with some of our speakers at the time their interview is first broadcast, so you can ask them questions directly yourself.

    And don’t worry if you are working that week, or travelling, or in a different time zone. We will provide info on how to access the videos after they have gone ‘live’ too.

    So please, give yourself the gift of listening in to these vital conversations. Sign up now (remember, it’s free!)

    This week we’d like to challenge you to take one minute to register for Alchemy, and then another minute to share it on social media and encourage your friends to get involved in these real and important conversations.

    Thank you for caring about the big questions,

    Beth and team

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  6. Imagine a life without limits

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    We just had to share this powerful TEDx Talk about the power of imagination and how our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make…

  7. Are you a slave to the wage?

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    Are you ready to follow your passions, take a leap of faith and be captain of your own ship?

  8. Do What You Love interview – James Hallett

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    In 2008, after 12 years of working for others, James Hallett decided he’d had enough of being “another number” and he turned to self-employment. This bold decision kick-started an evolutionary process, not only in his career, but in his personal life too. For the first time ever, James was able to look for opportunity where others only dared to and chase his BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals).

    Discovering a passion for trail running opened the door to a whole new world. Inspired by his hobby, James launched his own business and started making adventure films. Then, in 2013, he founded Trails In Motion, an annual film tour designed to showcase some of the finest trail running films to audiences worldwide. He loves spreading the word about trail running and other outdoor adventure sports and is dedicated to building a global community which shares the same philosophies and ideals.

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    1. How are you doing what you love?

    People call me a content marketer, but I call myself a story sharer. My passion lies in communicating things that in some small way or another might change peoples perceptions about what is normal or structured. I hated conforming. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a rebel. I’ve never had a Mohican or a nose ring (if those things constitute being a rebel) but I’ve always liked living more unconventionally. To be able to talk about, and work with, the global trail running community really affirms that. It’s an unconventional sport at heart and sharing other people’s experiences excites, and humbles, me.

    What do I love most about my work? The fact that I can arrive at my office in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and ply my “trade” amongst a community of people who love or simply yearn to indulge in adventure, particularly in the outdoors.

  9. How can we be more inventive with email?

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    This is a guest post by one of the UK’s leading experts in digital distraction and digital detox and author of The Distraction Trap: How to Focus in a Digital World, Frances Booth. Find out more about Frances here. 

     

    Email management is something that many of us tend to ignore, or not even think about.

    Despite email being such a big part of our daily working lives, and presenting such a big chance to make productivity savings, many of us just resort to a default always on mode to deal with our emails.

    It can sometimes seem like all we’re doing is clearing messages, desperately trying to empty our inbox faster than the flow of new messages coming in. Or, we spend hours just wading around in our inbox, feeling overwhelmed. We know we’re spending our time unproductively, and feel like we’re fighting a losing battle.

    Yet still we don’t tackle the core issue – the way we’re choosing to use email.

  10. Why you should do something nice for yourself today

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    images in this post from the fab workshop I took with Philippa Stanton (@5ftinf on Instagram)

    I woke up at 5am on Sunday morning stressed about one of the projects I am working on. I couldn’t get back to sleep, as one particular problem kept going round and round in my head like a siren. Mr K got up and made me a cup of tea, we talked through it and I felt better. But I still felt like I needed to do something about it, to spend the day working on it, even though it was Sunday. And not just any Sunday, but Mothering Sunday.

    The ever-thoughtful Mr K was planning to have Sienna for the day while I took a workshop with Philippa Stanton, known on Instagram to her nearly-half-a-million followers as @5ftinf, famous for sharing stunning still life photos of flowers and objects laid out on her wooden kitchen table. This was to be my first creative workshop in months, and I had been looking forward to it for ages. But as I sat there eating my toast and giving Sienna her breakfast I nearly cancelled the workshop, feeling guilty about wasting money if I cancelled, feeling guilty about wanting to work on Mother’s Day, and so it goes on. I am sure you know the feeling.

    But Mr K encouraged me to go anyway, to forget about everything else and have a nice time. It felt very indulgent – six whole hours arranging objects into pretty configurations, when I had other pressing things to do – but I went, and I am so glad that I did. Those six hours disappeared in a dreamy haze of colour exploration, meditative composition, nosing around Philippa’s lovely house, picking flowers from the garden and sharing stories over tea and cake with the five other mothers at the workshop.