2019 focus

Ah, a new year! What a joy… I’ve always loved new years because of the opportunity to assess, and reflect, and focus. There are a few areas I want to focus on this year, and one over-arching theme. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about lately – and what I hope for from 2019.

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In love with ideas

I have a new job – an actual job, imagine! – and I am so excited about it that I feel like I’ve fallen in love… with ideas.

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The extraordinary ordinary

There’s a scene at the end of About Time, one of my favourite movies of all time, where they talk about the extraordinary ordinary, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. About the many moments and days where nothing special happens, and that in itself is special.

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Busy vs. overwhelmed

I’ve been thinking a lot about busyness lately. Aren’t we all just insatiably busy? When did this happen? When will it stop?

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Life insurance (adulting hard!)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve perfected the art of being an ostrich when it comes to things that feel too grown-up for me. I mean, I have two young children and a successful freelance business and two bonds and all that jazz, but life insurance? Eek! That all changed this week…

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Great money advice (for real people)

I’ve just come across this amazing series of money advice articles and have to share them – they’re funny (believe it or not!), extremely practical, and very thought-provoking…

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A daily meditation practice

The rumours are true… Meditating every day really does make your life better. But only, I think, if you’ve got the right method / class / app. Luckily, I’ve found it and I am telling everyone I know about it.
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One Billion Happy

How about this for a big goal… Mo Gawdat wants to make one billion people happy. In the next five years. He’s been working at Google X (the guys who predict the future) for the last few years, and has decided to leave Google to focus on this goal.

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Everything will be all right

(This should be read while listening to The Killers track of the same name – see below.) My defining memory of this song is listening to it on an overnight bus that took us from Brazil to Argentina. I had it on repeat as I looked out the window at the darkening landscape flashing past, worrying. We’d been staying in the ridiculously fabulous Hotel Das Cataratas on the edge of Iguassu Falls and were entering Argentina with very little money and no idea how long before we had to fly home with no plan.

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Three ways to learn content strategy

A client asked me the other day what the best way is to learn content strategy. I think there are actually three ways, depending on what kind of business you have…

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