Be A Better You: Why Mindfulness Matters

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It's a bit of a buzzword right now. Mindfulness, that is. But what is it? And, more importantly, what can it do for you? That's my big question for March. Maybe April too. Because already it seems to be much, much more than where I started from with it. Which was meditation. Meditation I began that, or more truthfully, began it again, last week. Some years … [Read more...]

Stop Hacking Your Life and Start Living It Instead

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It was such a relief. Even just scanning Rich Roll's post I breathed deeply and knew I'd let go of something. Why You Should Stop Lifehacking and Invest in the Journey spoke to something that has been rattling around in me for some time now. And I was so glad that he'd called it out. Hacking As Rich says, the whole idea of hacking is well intentioned. "In truth, a … [Read more...]

The Minimalist Guide to Sorting Out Your Diet

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I guess I developed my closet interest in nutrition at university. I was exhausted at one point in third year and found this article in Cosmopolitan - my bible at the time - that talked about how Vitamin B can help with stress. So I upped my fruit and veg, found a strong Vitamin B supplement, and while I can't honestly remember ever feeling peppy during any of that time, at … [Read more...]

Does Wellbeing Mean Having To Compromise?

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So, this year I'm running an experiment on wellbeing. In fact, I'm asking myself this question: “What becomes possible for my life when I make wellbeing my first priority?” I'm cooking a post for you right now on food and nutrition since that's where I've focused most in the last few weeks. But meantime I just wanted to check in and share what I've been doing in … [Read more...]

Introducing The Wellbeing Experiment

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If I learned one thing in 2013, it's that wellbeing is fundamental to everything. If you're new to the blog, you can read the back story here. But the short version is that, some months into last year, a professional tsunami hit me. Instead of panicking, setting a ton of new goals for myself like I'd have done in the past, and getting into hyper-marketing mode, I … [Read more...]

Why You Shouldn’t Work During the Holidays (and What You Should Do Instead)

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What are your plans for the holidays? If you're anything like me, you're looking forward to time with family, and the chance to have a well-earned rest. But might you also be figuring that now would be a great time to catch up on your email backlog? Or to clear the admin you've de-prioritized ahead of doing essential year-end stuff (not to mention turning up at office … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off

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How do you take a desire for business start-up, or business growth, and see it yield results for you? That's the question my friend Matthew Needham set himself to address in his new book. How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off is a pithy little number available now on Amazon in both the UK and US. It says its main bias is action, and promises to be a "fluff free guide … [Read more...]

The Secret to Stress Free Work (It’s Not What You Think!)

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Overwhelm. It seems to come with the territory these days. No matter what kind of work you do, there's the propensity to feel beyond stressed about it. What's stressing you out? Here are 3 examples I've heard recently: My boss is a control freak. She's micro-managing everything. It's stressing me out. I get more emails a day than I can handle, and I have to spend … [Read more...]

5 Warning Signs Your Self-Employed Dream Will Never See The Light Of Day

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Look, I know. I've been there. Telling myself that I want to quit. Do my own thing. Get more balance. While still sitting in a job that feels like family, no matter how dysfunctional, and that puts money in my bank account every month. It can be tough to believe that not only does the grass look greener on the other side, but also that you can create it that … [Read more...]

8 Things I Learned About Life While Being A Tourist In Paris

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I was in Paris this weekend past. My other half was doing a conference and I decided to go along for the ride, figuring it would be fun to be a tourist while he was in congress. What I hadn't banked on was the conference hotel being so far away from the main tourist drag. And since what I most love about city travel is the whole walking around piece, that felt like a … [Read more...]