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  1. DWYL HQ – Monthly Update (August)

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    Well it certainly doesn’t feel like a month ago that I was writing my last monthly update. There is so much exciting stuff going on behind the scenes here at DWYL. I will try and update you without divulging too much of our top secret work.

    I mentioned last month that we had taken on new staff. In fact, we more than doubled our team in a matter of weeks. A little scary but it is very necessary. Our driving goal is to provide you with a place to come that will help you build your own roadmap towards a life of doing what you love. And more than that, to offer you the tools and support you need along the way to make sure the changes you make are sustainable and life changing. A big promise, I know, but a promise we wholeheartedly believe in.

    Last month we had the great pleasure to introduce you to Henry and Rachael. This month I am delighted to introduce our Digital Strategy and Marketing Manager – Victoria Binz, who joins us after several years with Saachi & Saachi and other top ad agencies. It took less than a week for Vickie to demonstrate what great skills and expertise she possesses and we feel very lucky that she has chosen to share them with us and ultimately you.  

    And there’s lots more exciting news to report…

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    1. All the work on The Little Beach Hut of Dreams is complete. Will you be our first ‘dreamer-in-residence’? You can find out about how to apply and much more in next Monday’s newsletter. (Sign up here for our newsletter if you aren’t already on the list!)

    2. In order to make DWYL more accessible and to inspire even more people we’re making some cool changes to our website over the coming months. We can’t wait to get your thoughts – stay tuned for that!

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    3. Our little girl had her first professional photo shoot(!) recently ahead of Beth’s next column in Where Women Create Business, all about online business with a baby

    4. Beth has been locked away hard at work creating the content of an amazing new business e-course. I may have said too much already.

    5. We’ve been busy getting ready for Making Time, a 31-day experiment in making time for the things you love. Sign up here to get an inspiring email into your inbox every day for 31 days, with daily prompts to help you make time for something you love. It’s completely free and a great way to start the day – why not join us

     

    An update on collaborations

    Make Art That Sells: The Global Talent Search 2014 – Commenced on August 5th. With over 1200 participants form over 50 countries the work submitted was both fantastic and diverse. The Top 50 were announced and they are currently working feverishly to secure their place in the final 6. Someone’s life will change forever.

    Make It In Design: The FREE Make It In Design Summer School – for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists has been a hub of amazing energy over the summer. The work produced has been fantastic. I am constantly amazed at the quality of work that is created. Everyone is currently hard at work on their final brief.

    Most importantly, we were over the moon to discover that on August 27th Rachael gave birth to her baby boy Blayke Lennon Davies. Mother, baby and father are all just great. Congratulations Rachael and Matt.

    Our thought for the month: No one else can live your life except you

    It was last Friday and I was busy doing a little last minute shopping. Whilst standing in the queue I over heard at least five different conversations in the space of a couple of minutes. Each conversation revolved around the topic of being “…so bored at work”. In fact two of them were already considering what excuses they could give not to go back on Monday.

    I know we all look forward to our weekends and we need time to re-charge our batteries, and sometimes what we say is just a turn of phrase. But what alarmed me was that each of these conversations involved people no older than 24. I was stood there wondering why they didn’t find a more interesting job or ask for more interesting things to do. What a waste of precious time to be constantly bored.

    We live in an age when we have so much information at our fingertips. The world is connected in a way that it never has before. There is literally an adventure waiting to happen everywhere you turn, you just need to give yourself the opportunity to notice them.

    Add a little bit of adventure into your life and start living. Don’t accept being bored. Change it, no one else will. To give you a helping hand I can highly recommend having a read of Micro Adventures by Alastair Humphreys.

    Have an adventure filled weekend.

    Mr K

  2. Introducing Do What You Love’s newest recruit – Vickie Binz

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    To ensure we are in a position to help each and every one of you, we are continuing to grow our team. I have the great pleasure to introduce you to the newest member of the Do What You Love family, Victoria Binz.

    Vickie will be taking on the role of Digital Strategy and Marketing Manager here at DWYL HQ. We first met Vickie when we interviewed her for an alternative position but as we chatted it became clear that she could have a much more profound affect in this role – a role which we hope will help her achieve her personal goals. 

    We’re thrilled that she has chosen to join us, even though I now get homework! – MR K

    Vickie_CapVertOur new recruit, Vickie Binz

  3. September’s Happy List is here!


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    On my Happy List… making time to be creative

    Each month we share a free downloadable ‘Happy List’ as a place for you to capture the things – big and small – that have made you smile and feel inspired each day. Get yours here.

    Have a super September,

    Rachel

     

  4. There’s no right or wrong, you just have to follow your heart…

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  5. Do What You Love Interview – Alex & Clare at Sixty Clicks Productions

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    They believe that every project should tell a story because that’s what people open up to: great stories, told well. London-based couple Alex Kyrou and Clare Shields are a dynamic duo who are passionate about music and the power of film…

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  6. I have this desire to explore…

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    Explore. Verb: 1. travel through (an unfamiliar area) for the purpose of discovery, “to explore the island”
. 2. look into closely; scrutinize; examine; or discuss (a subject) in detail, “let us explore the possibilities for improvement”.

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    Today we thought we’d share some of the things that have been inspiring us to get out and explore and also to journey within and discover more about ourselves.

  7. Where will you find yourself?

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  8. Do What You Love Interview – Ed & Sofie Templeton


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    What is your love? What were you put on planet earth to do? These are the questions that Ed and Sofie Templeton asked themselves when they decided to change their lives and embark on an around-the-world-on-a-shoestring adventure. They followed their hearts, took a chance and tried something new – and now they’re living their dream…

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  9. Love to explore

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    Go travelling, book an adventure holiday, head away for the weekend, have an impromptu day out, explore the countryside, walk up a mountain, find a hidden beach, gaze at the stars, discover something new… what will this inspire you to do?

    Download a high res version to print here.

     

  10. Making time for the things you love

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    On Saturday Mr K and I decided to go for a hike up at Devil’s Dyke, on the beautiful South Downs. We packed a picnic and headed out, excited to be on a little adventure with our baby girl in her all-terrain pushchair.

    We entered the forest and started bumping the pushchair down the path over huge tree roots. I was worried about how Sienna would cope with all the bouncing around and jarring from the uneven path, but then unexpectedly heard a loud giggle. It got louder and louder until it was a full blown laugh. She absolutely loved it. The bumpier and the faster the better, and she didn’t stop laughing the whole way down.

    What a little explorer and what a revelation. Something I thought would be daunting for her turned out to be a moment of pure joy, and it was contagious. By the bottom of the forest path we we were all laughing out loud.

    A day away from my computer in the fresh country air did me the world of good. Have you taken any time out to explore lately? To drink in the fresh air of your local beauty spot? To run downhill fast and laugh so loud it hurts? Why not try it this week? It’s a whole lot of fun…

    I need to take my own advice and make more time for the things I love, like being outdoors with my family. That’s why I am so looking forward to Making Time, our 31-day experiment in slowing down and doing a digital detox.

    Making Time starts on September 1 (postponed from August 1, oh the irony), and is completely free. If you want to join us, you’ll get daily emails into your inbox with fun prompts, thought-provoking words and some fab inspiration to help you make more time for the things you love.

    Register for Making Time here and join us for this free online experiment in creating space and time for things that make us feel alive.

    Have a good week – and try to get away from that computer!
    Beth and team

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