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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The best thing about having kids

Before I had children, I was an expert (weren’t we all?). One of the things that bothered me the most about people with young kids was how they complained all the time – about exhaustion and never having any time to themselves and all the stuff I complain about here… My thinking was: you chose to have kids! Suck it up.

Oh how times have changed.

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The most wonderful advice

I just stumbled on this article and it is just fabulous – funny, kind, superb advice. Take a look: Caitlin Moran’s Posthumous Advice for Her Daughter.

A few favourite excerpts include:

A different way to gift this Christmas

I’m proud to say that although there are still 6 weeks till Christmas, I’ve finished all my Christmas shopping. I would say, “somebody give me a prize!” except that when I told my mom this yesterday, she said she’s also finished all her Christmas shopping – and wrapped all the presents! Crikey. Somebody give her a prize!

The reason this Christmas is so stress-free is not (only) because my mom and I love being organised, but because we’re approaching Christmas differently this year…

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The joy of public speaking

I’ve always loved speaking in front of an audience. As a child, I think this is because I was inherently a show-off (when I wasn’t curled up somewhere with a book) and telling stories about my experiences has always been one of my favourite things to do.

Only now, it’s the grown-up version…

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A few beautiful things…

It’s Monday morning, the sun is shining, I slept well and I have an extraordinarily exciting week ahead. I am happy.

I am also much more aware, these days, of these moments of happiness. I hold on to them with both hands, because I know that they can be fleeting, and that’s okay… ‘This too will pass’ is supposed to be advice for happy and sad things, isn’t it? Here are a few beautiful things I wanted to share with you. (more…)

Always be a little kinder than necessary

Old J.M. Barrie! Author of Peter Pan. What a smart fellow… I’m taking this as my life advice at the moment. Want to know why?

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Acceptance

We’ve been in the trenches lately. It’s been a tough two weeks of not enough sleep, two clingy kids (teething, sickness and developmental leaps) and intense work pressure. Life has been hard.

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