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  1. Roadtrip #5: On top of the world

     

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am afraid of heights, but I am definitely not a huge fan. But so much fun stuff happens high up, that I just had to go for it in Bretton Woods, zip lining across the forest canopy 150 feet up and 800 feet across the mountainside, walking sky bridges and whooshing down ropes from the tops of trees.

    With bungee jumping or rope swinging it’s always the jumping off bit that gets me.  But this was too good to miss, and the view from the top was incredible.  I probably made a few squirrels jump with my initial screams – which turned to whoops of adrenaline-fuelled joy by the end!

     

    You should see the video footage…

     

     

    We soaked up the great outdoors in the White Mountains, mountain biking for miles through forest trails, and doing stomach flips at a huge waterpark. 

    We had rain, we had wind, we had sun.  And after all that exercise, we had a lot of food!

    We stayed at this wonderful B&B in Bethlehem, which was built as a family home at the turn of the last Century.  Marilyn Monroe used to spend her summers there, and Cary Grant had his honeymoon in the room next door to ours.  

    Lovely innkeeper Mary welcomed us with freshly baked cookies, beer in the fridge and an endless supply of delicious coffee which we drank sat on rocking chairs in the wraparound porch.  We played croquet in her beautiful garden, and felt quite at home in this tiny part of New Hampshire.

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    Other roadtrip posts:  #1 For the love of travel#2 Sharks and jellyfish#3 Boston and Harvard#4 A fairytale wedding; #6 To Canada, in search of stationery

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    “Life-changing”, “Revolutionary”, “Awe-inspiring”, “Transformative” – just a few of the ways former participants have described the Do What You Love e-course.

    Do you fancy some of that in your life? Do you want to get closer to identifying your true passion and finding a way to do what you love, for life? Then this is for you!

    The Do What You Love e-course is open for registration now. The adventure begins on September 26 but places are limited so book now to secure your place. This is the last time it will run this year.

    This is your chance to join a global tribe of like-minded people who will support and encourage you to find your way.

    It could be the most influential six weeks of your life…

    Join now!

  2. Do What You Love e-course back by popular demand (for the last time this year!)

     

    Places are filling up fast – have you secured yours yet? Register now! 

    In the words of previous participants, this is not just another e-course that you take. It is an e-course that you live, and which continues to live in you beyond the classroom. They have described it as “revolutionary“, “awe-inspiring”,life-changing” and “transformational“.

    As a direct result of taking the course, former participants have started new companies, exhibited artwork for the first time, launched blogs, quit jobs, mended relationships, started writing books, created their own e-courses, started painting, gone travelling, and all sorts of other adventures.

    Of those responding to a survey about the course…

    - 100% said it had impacted their life and they are making changes as a result

    - 95% said they now know what they need to do in order to do what they love, for life

    - Participants said they felt more brave, more inspired, more curious, more positive and more confident. They found themselves more focused, they had new ideas, wanted to try new things, and realised that they were more creative than they thought they were. They had found support and friendship in the global community on the course. And perhaps most importantly, they had a stronger belief in themselves and what they are capable of.

    When asked how they would describe the course to a friend they said:

    A unique, creative, inspiring yet practical approach to discovering and doing what you love.”

    If you want to change your life and feel better about who you are – happier, more creative, able to tell people how you feel and live with more passion, then this is the class for you.”

    So what are you waiting for?

    The final session of 2011 begins a month today. Participants have already signed up from FIVE different continents.

    This is a unique opportunity to share an exciting journey of change with people from all over the world. Register now!

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  3. *shared stories* (27): Diane Rooney, Amy Russell and Loralee Hutton

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    Today’s *shared stories* come from artists Amy Russell and Diane Rooney, and coach Loralee Hutton

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    Amy Russell

    To me, ‘doing what you love’ means carrying on regardless – through ups and downs, when it seems like it might not be a good idea.  It might not be possible or practical to throw it all in and pursue a lifetime project, but even just doing a little bit of what you love and going from there is going the right way…

    Like many people I have struggled to find time to make my own work, but have always managed to squeeze it in somewhere.  It’s often dictated by circumstances.  When my children were little and I had no studio I worked mainly in collage and in sketchbooks because I could do that on the kitchen table! I’m actually back in the position of not having a studio space at the moment.  This means I have to make small work but I am quite enjoying working within those constraints.

    Honestly, I don’t really see that I’ve made any sacrifices to do what I love.  It has been as series of choices I made work by giving up a bit of free time (or time when I should have been sleeping).  But when you love what you do that doesn’t feel like a sacrifice at all- more like a bit of breathing space.

    The one thing I would have done differently would be to have asked for more professional advice from organisations and individuals who are there to provide it – accept anything that’s offered; be it funding advice or business advice. I wish I’d taken advantage of some of the services on offer.

    My big dream now is to keep on going! I may not be able to do this forever.  We never know what’s round the corner and I’m appreciating and making the most of being a professional artist while I can.

    [Images courtesy of Amy Russell. Amy is a painter and illustrator who has been exhibiting globally for nearly twenty years.  Find out more by visiting her website or shop ‘Call Her Miss Russ’.]

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    Diane Rooney

    For just over 20 yrs I was blessed to be doing what I loved to do.  I was a housewife and mummy.  As a little girl my joy was always playing with my baby dolls.  Playing family.  Dressing up the babies.  I ached for a baby of mine.  I married my childhood sweetheart and within months I had my first baby.  I was so young at just 19, but so happy.  I then had three more babies in quick succession!  And as happy as I was, loving my babies, being their Mummy, there were days of utter despair.  Post natal depression.  A failing marriage.  More often than not, I was tired.  Exhausted.  Yes, even doing what you love isn’t always a bed of roses.  But the days of bliss, of pure joy being a Mummy to those beautiful children far outweighed any of the normal bad days that all Mums face.

    And then in a blink of an eye, my eldest left for university.  I remember sitting at my desk watching him packing the car and I silently stood up, closed the door, rested my head in my arms and cried my heart out.  I knew it was the beginning of a new era for me.  For him.  He was so happy.  I also knew his siblings would be following him out that door within a very short space of time.  I was facing an empty nest.  A marriage that was still failing.  What was I going to do?  Over the following months and into a couple of years I started to make some huge changes to my life.

    During the years that my children were little, I’d been given a computer, some software and taught myself to become a web graphics designer.  My beloved father had initially got me interested in the internet back in 1994.  He and his (then) business partner had just set up the UK’s first Internet Café in Whitfield St., in London.  They were also setting up one of the UK’s first internet providers, Easynet.   As such, Dad had wanted to me to learn html, computer graphics as they needed help setting up various web pages.  It was on the spot learn as you go work.  I loved it.  And my love for this new found art and creative outlet just evolved.  I wasn’t earning much money.  It was more of a hobby with pin money thrown in.  My family was still growing.  I was a full time Mum.  Little did I know though, that my creative outlet would lead me to a new and wonderful bliss.

    After my eldest left home, I went to art school.  I started a degree in multi-media design.  The creative environment was incredible.  I just absorbed it all.  I made new friends.  I soaked up every lecture in art history, my favourite subject.  However, during this time my emotional state took a battering as my 20yr marriage really broke down and I decided to leave.  My ex-husband and I spent a couple of years trying to work things out but in the end we both wanted such hugely different things.  We parted.  It was traumatic.  Divorce is horrible even when you want it.  Years later, though, we are good friends and we stay in touch.  It’s been good for our children (and grandchildren).

    Not long after my divorce, I’d left my degree course and started working on setting up as a freelance digital artist.  I initially worked as a 2d texture artist creating textures for 3d models for a company in USA, Daz3D.  During this time I did some collaboration work with other 3d and 2d artists.  I fell in love with one of them.  We had done some work together and just developed a friendship online through work.  He lived in the north east (UK) and I was in the south east.  To cut a long story short, we met up, moved in together and were married 6 months later.  That was 5 yrs ago.  We live and work together 24/7.  Yep!  Tis true.

    Last year we set up our own digital art company and have our own individual brands.  Talking shop is no chore for us.  We understand the jargon.  We love critiquing each other’s work.  Steve is a traditional artist with a God given gift to draw and paint.  He is also a professional photographer and 3d modeller and artist.  Whereas I come from a more crafty, hobby into a business background.  It works so well.  Every day there is laughter and a lot of creativity.  Brainstorming new ideas for products or art is such fun!  Such amazing creative energy.

    Family is still a huge joy in my life.  It sounds corny but they truly are a part of my creative process.  I’m inspired by them.  I do what I do for them.  Yes, this is my creative outlet.  Yes, I’m blessed to be able to do what I love to do and earn money.  At the end of the day though, it is for those we leave behind.  A legacy of love.  I believe there will be a day when my children and grandchildren will go through my art, my creations and see me.  Understand me.  They will see themselves in what I create.

    After what has been an interesting and sometimes hugely traumatic few years, I’ve settled into a life of doing what I love.  No matter what life throws up at you, I’ve learned to just push forward.  Hold onto the dream.  Continue you to take steps on the journey.  Suddenly you will realise you are living the life you want.  Don’t be scared of change.  As I continue to build my brand and my online store, I still fight past demons that tell me I’m not good enough, I’m not talented enough.  It gets less though.  I just keep creating.  I surround myself with positive words, art, photos and of course, my beloved husband who is my biggest fan and encourager.

    [Images courtesy of Diane Rooney. Diane is a digital fine artist and designer.  Find out more on her website  and Flickr gallery, or connect on Facebook.]

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    Loralee Hutton

    There was no lightning bolt moment for me, but somewhere between 2006 and 2007 I started to realize I wanted to study more about leveraging my business. I knew it was the way for me to grow, change and become a different type of leader in my community. But the thought terrified me. I had dabbled earlier on in my business career with group programs but it wasn’t where I knew I wanted to go. By this point I was doing a lot of self-development work and I could see the format other teachers and leaders were delivering. I knew the models that worked and didn’t. I was still working one-on-one with clients. And my model wasn’t working. The problem was, working one-on-one was absolutely my favorite part of being an entrepreneur. I LOVE being with people in person. And I especially love helping them create little light bulb moments. Nothing big and earth shattering, just those little moments when a light bulb goes on, and they see the possibility of something that previously seemed unattainable.

    So in 2006 I joined an executive board program and we tore up my entire business plan and started over from scratch. I was determined to move to the next level – whatever that was. And working with a team to really scrutinize my business model sure helped! Within a few months I had leased office space, brought in a small army of staff and really started to shift the business.

    However, although I was seeking business growth, it wasn’t what I wanted at all. In reality I had just created a job for myself. I was exhausted all of the time, and I think I may have only given myself a paycheque once during in those two years. I poured every single dollar we earned back into the growth of the company and into employee benefits, paying the highest wages I could afford. I created a company I was proud of – but one that made me feel miserable inside. Within the first year in that office space, all I could dream of was getting out. So I returned to self-discovery (as any good entrepreneur does – entrepreneurship is one of the best self-development programs out there, they say). I asked myself what I really wanted. The two things that came up over and over again were travel, and writing. My business coach at the time asked me to start investigating this – and so I did. Within a week I had enrolled in a Travel Writing course and then I just wanted to get away and write.

    With hindsight I do wish I’d been able to focus on the growth of that business, allowed it to flourish & then sell it, instead of letting it fall down around my ankles. I wish I’d known in advance what a great brand I had, and that people were admiring the company from afar. That there was value in it (and likewise, value in myself and what I had created). But at the same time I wonder if sticking with it would have allowed me to be the person I am today. Empathic to other peoples struggles and journey. Passionate about helping them build support teams & make live a full life, instead of racing around reacting to things most of the time. Maybe I wouldn’t be as passionate about the things I’m passionate about.

    During this most recent self discovery, while looking for freedom, I found what I had known all along, but had forgotten. For me, Freedom comes with four key elements.

    1. A strong support team
    2. Creating systems that save me time, energy and money
    3. Streamlining – finding ways to make things work faster, easier, flow better
    4. Simplifying – decluttering, and travelling light

    Looking ahead I still want to write, and travel. But I also want to share what I’ve learned with anyone who may be in similar shoes to mine. I was deeply passionate about systems, and strong team building while creating my business, and I still am. And I’m equally passionate about helping people (and myself) live whatever dream it is they desire. I believe anything is possible; even if that’s a bit ‘poly-anna’. I think the world could use a few more dreamers like me.

    One of the main ways that I want to help is by showing people (especially women) how easy it is to live your life filled with passion. And how the easiest way to do that is by create some passive income so that you can continue to create, feel fully alive and love your business (again, in some cases). In fact, it’s not essential to give up the business you’ve been growing for the past 10 years. You can create your product(s) and share it with the world, all the while growing/sustaining your business. You don’t need to work overtime, and all hours of the day.

    And the new product can sustain you while you take a break, reinvest in yourself, and sustain you while you move to the next phase. I have tried and tested all the little tools and systems that make this process easy, without breaking the bank. I’ve literally spent the past 3 years testing different products to create an online presence. Almost all of them have been free resources, or very low cost. And I’ve been able to keep my costs to a very minimal amount so that I can have the flexibility to once again reinvest money into my business, but also have plenty of cash flow every month to enjoy life. I don’t want to make the same mistake again, of having high overhead expenses that suck the life out of me during slow months.

    I’m currently rebuilding my support team, and loving it. It’s one of the utmost priorities for me at this stage. I’m so grateful to have a VA (virtual assistant) come on board this month. And once again I’m in more than one mastermind group, have a business coach, key friends and family who I can call on, and great health practitioners. Without them working together (even if they’re not aware of it) I would be struggling again.

    And my big dream is this. To have a completely portable business, which gives me the freedom to travel & meet other entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. To collaborate on projects, talk openly about anything that’s on their heart, find ways to inspire, change and grow, create lasting friendship, while creating something new that helps at least one other person. That’s my goal really, to help inspire one other person to live their dream life.

    [Image courtesy of Loralee Hutton.  Find out more on her website here]

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    See here for more inspiring *shared stories*

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    “Life-changing”, “Revolutionary”, “Awe-inspiring”, “Transformative” – just a few of the ways former participants have described the Do What You Love e-course.

    Do you fancy some of that in your life? Do you want to get closer to identifying your true passion and finding a way to do what you love, for life? Then this is for you!

    The Do What You Love e-course is open for registration now. The adventure begins on September 26 but places are limited so book now to secure your place. This is the last time it will run this year.

    This is your chance to join a global tribe of like-minded people who will support and encourage you to find your way.

    It could be the most influential six weeks of your life…

    Join now!

  4. Roadtrip #4: A fairytale wedding

    It was actually a wedding invitation that took us out to the US in the first place.

    One of my man’s old school friends fell in love with a lovely girl from Bow, New Hampshire, when she came to England to help develop the game of lacrosse.  They decided to get married at the bride’s family home – a beautiful house set in gardens the size of a field, overlooking nothing but mountains in the far distance.  The wedding was simply stunning, like something out of a film – and a very happy time was had by all.

    Although the wedding was huge, it was really personal and so full of loving touches.  The bride’s family even built a bar in their roof garden in the style of an English pub in honour of the groom, and put up framed vintage photos of the groom’s hometown in Manchester to make him feel part of the family.

    It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between US and English weddings. One of my favourite parts was travelling from the church to the reception in an old school bus!

    And the bit where the wedding party (including best man, bridesmaids etc) made a big entrance doing a funny dance.  I cannot imagine that happening at most traditional weddings in England!  I also loved the favours – we each found a glass jar waiting at our tables, and could fill it with as many sweets as we wanted from a table overflowing with old fashioned sweets. Perfect for the road trip ahead!

    Around 50 people had flown out from England, so it was fun to have a few days enjoying the area with old and new friends. This was our second overseas wedding this year, following this gorgeous one in Greece just a couple of months ago. It is quite odd to have your holiday destination determined for you, but it is a fantastic new way of experience a place – and so much fun to party on such a special occasion in different corners of the world!

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    More roadtrip adventures all next week!

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    Life-changing”, “Revolutionary”, “Awe-inspiring”, “Transformative – just a few of the ways former participants have described the Do What You Love e-course.

    Do you fancy some of that in your life? Do you want to get closer to identifying your true passion and finding a way to do what you love, for life? Then this is for you!

    The Do What You Love e-course is open for registration now. The adventure begins on September 26 but places are limited so book now to secure your place. This is the last time it will run this year.

    This is your chance to join a global tribe of like-minded people who will support and encourage you to find your way.

    It could be the most influential six weeks of your life…

    Join now!

  5. Running – a confession

    So I tried, and I didn’t like it very much. 

    You may remember a couple of months back I signed up for a running e-course, and tried to get going with running.  It was something that has long had an appeal from a distance (thoughts of racing across a beach barefoot, wind in my hair, or round and round a mountain road, feeling on top of the world), but I could never get past the achy limbs and lack of motivation for something that in the early stages can actually be quite boring and painful (she says enticing the wrath of running devotees everywhere…).

    I wish I could say that now I get what everyone has been talking about, but actually I still don’t.  I prefer my mountain bike and shaking my booty to loud music.

    I want to say that this is no reflection on the e-course at all.  It was brilliantly structured and seemed to work for lots of people.  I just never really got into it.  And I felt guilty the whole time about not going out for runs when the schedule said I should (and you know what I am like for breaking rules).  So here, 10 weeks on, I have a confession to make.  I am no more a runner now than I was at the beginning of summer.

    I tried, and I failed. This time. I might try again one day. Or I might just accept that running isn’t for me.

    For now I’m going to stick to Zumba.

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    Thanks to all of you who tried to encourage me!  Sorry if I let you down!  I’m going to get back to doing things I love…

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    Life-changing”, “Revolutionary”, “Awe-inspiring”, “Transformative – just a few of the ways former participants have described the Do What You Love e-course.

    Do you fancy some of that in your life? Do you want to get closer to identifying your true passion and finding a way to do what you love, for life? Then this is for you!

    The Do What You Love e-course is open for registration now. The adventure begins on September 26 but places are limited so book now to secure your place. This is the last time it will run this year.

    This is your chance to join a global tribe of like-minded people who will support and encourage you to find your way.

    It could be the most influential six weeks of your life…

    Join now!

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  6. One month to go…

     

    (handmade book by Rachel Hazell)

    … until the Do What You Love e-course kicks off for the last time this year.

    In the words of previous participants, this is not just another e-course that you take.  It is an e-course that you live, and which continues to live in you beyond the classroom.  They have described it as “revolutionary“, “awe-inspiring”,life-changing” and ”transformational“. 

    As a direct result of taking the course, former participants have started new companies, exhibited artwork for the first time, launched blogs, quit jobs, mended relationships, started writing books, created their own e-courses, started painting, gone travelling, and all sorts of other adventures. 

    Of those responding to a survey about the course…

    - 100% said it had impacted their life and they are making changes as a result

    - 95% said they now know what they need to do in order to do what they love, for life

    - Participants said they felt more brave, more inspired, more curious, more positive and more confident.  They found themselves more focused, they had new ideas, wanted to try new things, and realised that they were more creative than they thought they were.  They had found support and friendship in the global community on the course. And perhaps most importantly, they had a stronger belief in themselves and what they are capable of.

    When asked how they would describe the course to a friend they said:

    A unique, creative, inspiring yet practical approach to discovering and doing what you love.”

    If you want to change your life and feel better about who you are – happier, more creative, able to tell people how you feel and live with more passion, then this is the class for you.”

    So what are you waiting for? 

     The final session of 2011 begins a month today.  Participants have already signed up from FIVE different continents. 

    This is a unique opportunity to share an exciting journey of change with people from all over the world.  Register now!

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  7. Roadtrip #3: Boston & Harvard

    I normally steer clear of tours, but I couldn’t resist the tour around Harvard University in Cambridge.  Led by a current student, we were given a glimpse into life at one of the world’s most famous colleges. 

    It is a beautiful campus which undoubtedly inspires academic curiosity.  It was fascinating to hear stories of former students - Al Gore, Matt Damon, Mark Zuckerberg and others – and to be treated to stories about the traditions and superstitions. 

    While we were there a reunion picnic was going on.  The average age of participants was over 70, and I only just resisted eacesdropping on their conversations – imagine the lives and experiences of the gathered group of nonegenerians!  There is something very special about places like Harvard, which make you want to keep on learning.

    We only had a couple of days in Boston at the beginning of the trip. 

    Unsurprisingly we were drawn to the harbour, and sat happily listening to the tinkling of the yacht masts and the calls of seagulls.

    The weather was glorious so we headed out into the Bay in search of whales. 

    We didn’t find any, but it was peaceful out on the water, and some welcome respite from the steaming concrete.

    It was lovely to meet up with Jess Greene  of Seek Your Course for an afternoon.  We sat at a cafe on Newbury Street, watching the world go by and eating the largest pizza I have ever seen!

    The man and I returned to Boston at the end of the trip and explored further – more on that later! 

    Next stop Concord… for a wedding!

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    Are you ready for your own adventure?

    Life-changing”, “Revolutionary”, “Awe-inspiring”, “Transformative – just a few of the ways former participants have described the Do What You Love e-course.

    Do you fancy some of that in your life? Do you want to get closer to identifying your true passion and finding a way to do what you love, for life? Then this is for you!

    The Do What You Love e-course is open for registration now. The adventure begins on September 26 but places are limited so book now to secure your place. This is the last time it will run this year.

    This is your chance to join a global tribe of like-minded people who will support and encourage you to find your way.

    It could be the most influential six weeks of your life…

    Join now!

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  8. Roadtrip #2: Sharks and jellyfish

     

    I have always loved the ocean.  I grew up by the sea, and I find aquariums a kind of blissful escape from the city.  While on our recent roadtrip around the US we visited the big aquarium in Boston. It drew us in with its huge central tank that runs over several floors (full of all sorts of ominous creatures – see above!) and its shark and ray touch pool (the rays felt kind of slimy if you are interested!) 

     But what surprised me was the slightly odd obsession I developed with the ‘moonjellies’. 

    Glowing an eerie blue colour, they pulsated in the dark waters. Silent, peaceful, squidgily beautiful.  I couldn’t take my eyes off them. 

    I also loved these graceful jellyfish, dawdling along trailing their stings like ink drips. 

    And of course the penguins are always delightful, although having sat among several thousand on an Antarctic island I would much prefer that they were in their natural habitat…

    More tomorrow!

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    Are you ready for your own adventure?

    Life-changing”, “Revolutionary”, “Awe-inspiring”, “Transformative – just a few of the ways former participants have described the Do What You Love e-course.

    Do you fancy some of that in your life? Do you want to get closer to identifying your true passion and finding a way to do what you love, for life? Then this is for you!

    The Do What You Love e-course is open for registration now. The adventure begins on September 26 but places are limited so book now to secure your place. This is the last time it will run this year.

    This is your chance to join a global tribe of like-minded people who will support and encourage you to find your way.

    It could be the most influential six weeks of your life…

    Join now!

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  9. My bloomin’ stitched postcard

    These past few weeks, stitched postcard flowers have been blooming across the world.  180 people in 20 countries joined in the fourth Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap, creating handmade gorgeousness like this to the theme ‘Bloom’. 

    And here is my little card…

    To make it I printed a photo taken on my iPod using the Hipstamatic app, stitched over it, added some washi tape, ribbon and words cut from a vintage dictionary, then stitched the whole thing onto my old favourite – a postcard made from handmade khadi paper.

    I have sent it off to a mystery swap partner in the USA!

    My man said he preferred the back (before I sewed it onto the backing postcard).  Not sure if that is a compliment or not…

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    Later in the week I will share some of the delights stitched across the globe – stay tuned!

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    Are you ready for your own adventure?

    Life-changing”, “Revolutionary”, “Awe-inspiring”, “Transformative – just a few of the ways former participants have described the Do What You Love e-course.

    Do you fancy some of that in your life? Do you want to get closer to identifying your true passion and finding a way to do what you love, for life? Then this is for you!

    The Do What You Love e-course is open for registration now. The adventure begins on September 26 but places are limited so book now to secure your place. This is the last time it will run this year.

    This is your chance to join a global tribe of like-minded people who will support and encourage you to find your way.

    It could be the most influential six weeks of your life…

    Join now!

  10. Roadtrip #1: For the love of travel

     

    Love the ‘beware of moose’ sign at the side of the road – we don’t get those in England!

    For the past 2-3 weeks I have been on the road around the Eastern part of the US and up into Canada with my man.  We travelled 1800 km (a third of the flying distance from here in Yorkshire to Boston!) exploring cities and small towns, mountains and forests, national parks and water parks!  We delved a little into history, and delved a lot into the local cuisine.  We sang along to road trip tunes, watched out for bears and became experts at identifying good service stations.  We were surprised and delighted, afraid and exhilarated.  But most of all, we had fun!

    We went out for a friend’s wedding and decided to make a trip of it.  Not knowing much about the region, and not doing a lot of planning ahead, we just bought a map, drew some lines on it and followed them!  Sometimes we deviated, sometimes we changed our course, but generally we plodded along, enjoying the view and soaking up New England, Quebec and New York State in the summer.

    Over the next week or so I am going to share some stories from the road – we saw so much and brought back many memories to treasure.  Some time back I wrote a guest post on Crescendoh.com about travel being a form of beauty gathering.  This time I definitely came back with a suitcase full of colour and inspiration, and I can’t wait to spill out the contents and share them with you!

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    Have you been travelling lately?

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    PS I discovered this very cool website where you can map your journeys, add images and video and then share them on Facebook: http://www.travellerspoint.com/

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