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  1. What will make you happy this March?

    March is on it’s way… and that means springtime, flowers and many more hours of sunshine! So much to be thankful for.

    Secret door in woodsOn my happy list… discovering a secret fairy door on an enchanting woodland walk

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

    Happy List March banner





    Wishing you a magical March!


  2. Do What You Love Interview – Luis Peña


    Every once in a while you meet someone really talented in an effortless, weird and fantastic sort of way. The kind of person who can bring any dream to life because they possess boundless energy, bags of determination, and truly believe that anything is possible. Luis Peña is one such person. A creative thinker, designer, film maker, art director, and photographer from San Fransisco his gift lies in his ability to see the world in the wide-eyed ‘wow-this-is-amazing’ way that only children do. This purity of vision is rare, and it allows him to capture small fragments of truth and beauty, as well as the unexpected – things that most people would miss – and make great film. We caught up with him to find out more about his work…


    1. How are you doing what you love? 

    I love making things. I get lost in the act. I have music blaring when I can and all outside influences and distractions disappear completely. If I’m filming or taking photos I spend most of the time staring in the viewfinder watching it unfold and finding the beauty where I can. I feel alive, my blood is racing, I’m constantly challenging myself. It’s play. I have a lot of childlike energy that I apply to my work life.


  3. Life According to Mr. K – A snapshot of my Life


    Earlier this month we spent a week or so in the Arctic Circle, North Finland. The trip was amazing on so many levels and even more special as we got to experience all its wonders as a family.

    It was during the first evening in our traditional (and very impressive) pine cabin that it really dawned on me just how much my life has changed over the past year or so. As I studied the items on the little wooden table in our living room I realised that they provided a great snapshot of what my current life looks like.

    FullSizeRender-2 A snapshot of my life

  4. Do What You Love HQ Update – February ’15


    There seems a lot to report since my last update. February may be the shortest month of the year but that hasn’t stopped us cramming everything we can into each and every day. We have even travelled to the Arctic Circle and back to ensure our content continues to be both current and relevant!

    The Do What You Love e-course began on January 26th and it is now entering its final week. Once again the energy in the classroom has been phenomenal but this time around something really stood out for me. This particular group of people have created such a tight community that I am sure they will continue to support one another long after the courses finishes.

    For us, reading the testimonials has been fantastic – it makes it all worth while.

    I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Frances Booth. Over the Christmas period we added to our list of inspiring Free Resources with the launch of our Winter Writing Workshop. It was a massive success with over 1,000 writers taking part. We know from the feedback we had that it provided much needed inspiration, guidance and support for people with burning ambitions to write.

    Our commitment to building our Free Resources portfolio will continue throughout 2015 and many more useful tools are being written and designed as I type!

    DWYL_LOGO_TEAL_550PX_LR_V3And there’s lots more exciting news to report…

  5. Notes from the Arctic #2: How I got here for free (and what that means for you)


    Greetings from inside the Arctic Circle! I am writing this at the end of the earth where I am spending time with my family, feeling grateful for the opportunity to witness the incredible beauty and breathtaking expanse of nature on display here. I am also acutely aware that this is only possible for us because of the freedom our online business gives us.


    (photo courtesy of Kakslauttanen)

    I have to pinch myself that I woke up this morning in a glass igloo, surrounded by snow with nothing but vivid blue sky overhead. As day turns to night, the Northern Lights move in providing the most spectacular natural display on earth.

    Igloo lights

    (photo courtesy of Kakslauttanen)

    I didn’t take time off work to be here. I didn’t get my boss’s permission (because I am my boss). I didn’t even have to pay for my own flight. Because this here – adventuring, exploring, researching, discovering, interviewing – is all part of my job, so my company pays the adventure bills. And that’s something I am hugely grateful for. But I’m not saying that to make you jealous – I’m saying that to make you realise that it is possible to turn your passion into a thriving business, to do good things in the world whilst making yourself happy, to create your own kind of freedom.

  6. Be love…


  7. How to make money doing what you love (who doesn’t want to do that?)


    If you have a business you want to grow, please take a moment out of your day to read this. It could be very important for you.

    If someone told you it is possible to start a new business in a recession, grow it to seven figures in under five years, be cash-flow positive every step of the way, and have happy customers in 50+ countries around the world, you’d want to know the secret, right? If someone told you your work could make a real impact, and there was a way to massively grow your audience so you can make serious money whilst making a real difference, you’d want to know about that too, right?

    Well that is exactly what we have done with Do What You Love and, in a nutshell, here’s how we did it:

  8. How do I plan my next adventure?


    Alastair Humphries

    This is a guest post by adventurer, author and motivational speaker Alastair Humphreys. Find out more about Alastair here.

    Turning an empty calendar and a lack of direction into an exciting, rewarding, challenging, money-generating expedition is both easy and difficult. This is how I go about making stuff happen…


    • Block off the biggest chunk of time possible. Guard this jealously. Time is so precious and demands on it so numerous. I can always earn more money. I can never reclaim lost time.
    • Sit and daydream. Think of all the places I have not been. Think of all the journey styles I have not done. Pore over an atlas as I pour the coffee. Browse my bookshelves for inspiration. Drool over Google Images and Flickr and Sidetracked.
    • Try to think of a trip that is, for me at least, fresh, novel, difficult and different.


    • Draw up a shortlist of the few plans that currently excite me most.
    • Narrow this list down against criteria such as cost, season, timeframe and potential partners available.
    • More or less settle on one preferred option.
    • Faff around for a while.
    • Send out an email / meet up with somebody / do something that tips me over from day-dreaming about how fun this would all be to actually getting off my arse and making it happen. The tipping point is often small but significant: walking across India was solidified merely by having dinner with a friend’s parents, for example.
    • Buy a plane ticket or whatever is the single most expensive, painful, committing action to take. This is without doubt the most significant and difficult stage of the entire process (hint: it’s far harder than the scary expedition you are worrying about). This single act of commitment is what differentiates dreamers from do-ers. It’s not hard, but it is bold.
    • Run around like an idiot, realising that I have grossly underestimated the time and expense involved in making the trip happen. (NB: I have never looked back at a trip).

    For the post-expedition phase, here is a post I wrote on how to make a living from your travels.

  9. Do What You Love Interview – The Denim Doctor


    Today we are delighted to bring you an interview with a man who’s passionate about fashion. Michael Pendlebury, AKA The Denim Doctor, is one of Manchester’s most respected bespoke tailors, and, as you may have guessed, he loves working with denim! We caught up with him to find out why he’s ‘sew’ crazy about what he does…

    Michael Pendlebury

  10. Joining B-School? Get our $2000 Complete Online Business Builder for free!

    Registration for B-School is now OPEN here! This programme comes round just once a year, and is the single best and fastest way to learn what’s at the cutting edge of online marketing, and how selling yourself better can help you serve your customers better.

    If you are thinking of joining B-School (and you should if you are serious about growing your audience and boosting your sales significantly), then be sure that you check out the various affiliate partner bonus offers available around the web. B-School has a small number of official partners, of which we are one, and each partner offers a tailor-made package of bonus goodies if you take B-School through them. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a ton of extra value alongside the full B-School experience, so we’d encourage you to do your research and go with the partner whose offer best suits what you need right now.

    Of course we’d love you to join B-School through us if our offer is right for you. If you are looking to build your online business rapidly this year, particularly if you have skills, knowledge and experience that you want to package into an online course and sell worldwide, then our offer is probably perfect for you (and it’s worth nearly $2000).

    Exclusively for B-Schoolers joining through us, we have created The Complete Online Business Builder, a one year programme which includes a host of classes, resources and support. You can find out more about it in our offer brochure here:

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    Feel right for you? Then join B-School here and secure your Complete Online Business Builder package worth nearly $2000 for FREE!


    I deeply believe that we are seeing a paradigm shift in the way we live, learn and earn, and now is the time to grab that opportunity before the rest of the world gets in on the act. In the grand scheme of things, digital business and online marketing have only been around in a big way for a very short time – just a decade or so – but the developments in platforms, software and opportunities have moved forward light years in that time. It has never been easier or cheaper to start an online business and make it thrive, and we want to help you do that.

    We hope you will join B-School through us* and commit to making your business fly this year.

    Beth and team


    About our partnership with B-School

    Over the next couple of weeks you will probably hear a lot about B-School. That’s not surprising – as the top online marketing course out there, they know a lot about getting the word out. But I wanted to take a moment to explain why we are a partner of B-School.

    In the early days of Do What You Love I bit the bullet and joined the course as a participant. It was at a time when I was really new to the online world of websites and digital marketing. It is no exaggeration to say that B-School was like manna from heaven. It told me exactly what I needed to know and do, how to do it, and how to get really excited about the potential of my business along the way. Within two years I had been nominated as a finalist in the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year awards. That’s what I call a result. The community is an incredible source of knowledge and support, and the material (all new for 2015) is top notch.

    We are an official partner of very few programmes that we are not involved in producing, but we have proudly made an exception for B-School because it really works. We have put together an incredible package of year-long support to accompany the B-School programme for anyone who books the course through us – find out more and book here. It is ideal for you if you want to start or grow your business online as the B-School / Do What You Love combination will be rocket fuel for you.

    *As a partner of the programme we may receive a referral fee if you decide to take B-School through us.