Earlier this week as part of recording a podcast with Kind Community we had a chat about the digital space and whether I thought my industry (eLearning and content design) was talking about the problem of our digital impact on the environment.
And you know what… we’re NOT!
So it set me off on a rant.
The reality is that EVERYTHING you do online adds to your digital carbon footprint.
When we spend our day scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, chatting on Clubhouse, and then our evenings watching Netflix, Prime and Sky. …
“#1 Amazon bestseller”.
It must be great then, eh? To be number one amongst ALL those books.
That title has lost some meaning for me, and here’s why.
Authors and publishers game the system in two ways:
1. They list the book under some obscure category with only a fleeting connection to the book. …
It turns out writing a book is a small part of actually writing a book.
There are so many things you need to learn about/use/source/embrace when writing a book if you want to do a ’proper job’ of self-publishing it.
It’s a learning curve. One I didn’t quite fully expect. I suspect many don’t. So I am putting this here for those early on their journey.
Here are my musings. A non-exhaustive list. I’m sure.
<drum roll please>
The writing process
The publishing process
The editing process
Ooooh, the amends… so much tweaking
Types of publishing
Learn from the things I learnt the hard way.
What a journey.
The highs, the lows. The elation, the fear. Feeling empowered, feeling like an imposter. It is a true rollercoaster of ideas, emotion, and experiences.
Writing a book is a popular ambition. They say everyone has a book in them (though I am not sure I agree with this after actually doing it).
If you want to do it properly, to produce a professional outcome that reflects your business and your values, you need to invest time and money and enlist help from others. Throughout my journey, there are…
Do you compare yourself to someone else’s 1%? Or your perceived view of their life?
I have long since been an advocate of being open and authentic. To show both sides of working for yourself. Not just the Insta worthy moments.
I have received many comments lately about how I am smashing it, that I am on a hell of a journey, and really successful. It is so lovely to hear these comments and to celebrate my successes, but I also want to be transparent.
Some people in my network notice when I have gone quiet, some realise when I…
(Even though I am a designer)
After “what it is about?”, this is the question I am most often asked about my upcoming book.
And when I say no I am met with baffled looks and questioning voices.
“But you’re a designer?”
Yes. Yes, I am. And there is a reason I didn’t do it myself. In fact, there are many:
Embracing my imperfection to move from being an UnlikelyGenius to an UnlikelyEarthshaker
I have been fascinated by animals and our oceans since I was a little girl — surrounding myself with posters of dolphins, sea lions, whales, penguins, and spending countless hours drawing them from books. This has continued into adulthood, where the passion was reignited after completing a scuba diving course and taking up open water swimming.
I started immersing myself in all the documentaries and books again, and have been fascinated by the Ocean Film Festival and live BBC Blue Planet/Planet Earth shows. I was devastated on a…
This week is one of those times I remember exactly why I became a freelancer. When I really appreciate the flexibility it brings and the positive impact it has on my life. How I marvel at how my life has changed in 2 years. How I have changed.
It has been a rough few weeks (well, years) for my family, and continues to be so. 2020 gave us a final big kick in the cahoonies.
This rough time is impacting my energy, resilience, motivation, creativity, productivity.
But I am trying to be kind to myself — a huge learning curve…
It’s not a Tuesday (my usual rant day) but I am just going to throw this out there.
I have seen some frankly horrendous comments and whinging from people about their kids’ teachers and schools in this last 48 hours. Before anyone gives their’s grief can I just point out:
❤️ This situation is unfamiliar to them too — they haven’t had to teach this way before, it is very difficult (esp. with the young kiddos). Teaching online is VERY different from being in a classroom.
❤️ Many of them will have kids themselves who they are trying to homeschool…
…the answer might present itself.
I learnt a valuable lesson last night.
One that is hard for a restless rabbit like me to learn.
I was shattered as I hadn’t slept for 10 nights. So to say I resembled the walking dead all day was an understatement.
I couldn’t form words or thoughts. I had elected to do the ‘easy; jobs off my to-do list all day and to arrange calls for other days.
I normally have my writing accountability group on a Monday night from 9–11 pm and always have a line up for stuff to get…