Daily Blog Challenge: April 2021

  • Learning & Growth: Why you need your own development budget Fri, 30 Apr 2021 - Every time I’ve been in a role with an individual budget for learning & development (L&D), I’ve loved it. And every time that benefit has been limited, and withdrawn, I’ve left pretty sharpish. I’ve realised I value having an individual L&D budget above all other employer benefits. (Employee assistance programmes nearly tie, but, for me, […]
  • Gratitude & Growth: What’s important? People & relationships Thu, 29 Apr 2021 - Table of Contents Sustainable ways of workingBuilding relationships IS the workOrganising team building togetherGentle pacing for effective organising in communitiesCollaboration grows from a foundation of careWhat makes me say that?Poetry nights: Working on things I care about with people I loveHomesite: Creating an event bursting with connection & collaboration Hack week: How might we play […]
  • When one door closes… Goodbye Amplify calls, hello Conscious Growth Wed, 28 Apr 2021 - Today’s the last live call for the Amplify creative flow class, and I’m going to miss them. Really grateful to be on them. My 20-something self would never believe I’d be on weekly calls with Steve Pavlina. And I’m excited about joining Conscious Growth Club. Table of Contents Questions I’m looking forward to exploring next […]
  • A peek into my evening, bit random Tue, 27 Apr 2021 - I ate too much sugar and gave myself a headache because I was feeling anxious. But then I ate chips and drank non-alcoholic sparkling elderflower in a champagne flute, with a cooling pad on my forehead, whilst talking with friends, and that helped. Yay! I have 2 big deadlines tomorrow, so even though this blog […]
  • Bronzed gold wings meet shut up or ship out Mon, 26 Apr 2021 - What a day. I don’t know where to start, but it’s past 10 pm (23:30 now!) and sleep is desirable and necessary, so I’m just going to share some faves from Twitter today. And a moth. Memes about Brassicas. I’m a plant nerd, and broccoli is my fave, so… You’re welcome.
  • lots of cherry leaves and baby cherry fruits forming Weeknotes: Nurturing flow by doing very little, a weekend primer Sun, 25 Apr 2021 - Embracing do nothing days and practising nourishing flow states Table of Contents Encouraging flowWhat is flow?The 4 Fs of Flow (10 min video with subtitles):What gets me into flowUnscheduled time: The Joy of UnshouldingAlthough, sometimes no schedule is hard…Next stepsOvercoming sunk cost fallacy, a work in progress!Daily blogging this week Encouraging flow What is flow? […]
  • Chilling with Do Nothing Days & Unscheduled Time Sat, 24 Apr 2021 - So, I think I’m getting better at do nothing days, days of unshoulding, unscheduled time. Today, I’ve been: Watching Bill Bailey’s Limboland stand-up comedy Learning about Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman whilst studying Octalysis Watching Adventure Time Napping Ordering myself vegan afternoon tea & groceries Snacking Budgeting All I had scheduled for today […]
  • There are no universal questions Fri, 23 Apr 2021 - I was talking with colleagues today. Someone expressed a desire for a question that’s good to ask everyone. Some weather we’re having, huh? People often talk about the weather. Maybe because it’s a universal phenomenon that affects people. But no, some areas have pretty much the same weather all the time, and therefore rarely speak […]
  • 11 indulgent foods for under £15, and they’re vegan Thu, 22 Apr 2021 - Lately, food has just been a bit of a struggle. But these foods still appeal to me when my appetite is fluctuating. Tesco prices, unless specified otherwise 11 delights for £15 Croquettes: Just mashed potato covered in breadcrumbs, but feels so fancy. Not every brand of these is vegan, but McCains are. £1.50 Similarly, McCain […]
  • I’m so exhausted: Zzz… Wed, 21 Apr 2021 - I don’t really have more words, but here is a comic.
  • I love learning; what motivates me? Exploring 8 core drives Tue, 20 Apr 2021 - I’m exploring what motivates learning, for me, looking at the eight core drives (CD) of motivation of the Octalysis framework.  It feels like really good timing to be reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari at the same time as I’m on my Octalysis Prime learning journey. Because Sapiens looks at […]
  • Repetition is a reliable form of change Mon, 19 Apr 2021 - Repetition. I got this theme from working with Anna Jackson and Fisher Qua. It was one of two they offered for teaching people about Liberating Structures in an immersion workshop we led together. And it instantly spoke to me when they shared it. Table of Contents Impatience helps us forgetHave you heard any of the […]
  • single cherry blossom, pale pink Weeknotes: Is your life a creative project? Sun, 18 Apr 2021 - When finishing The Artist’s Way, our group was advised not to immediately redo the course, nor to do another of Julia Cameron’s books, but rather to focus on our creative projects. My first thought was: What’s my creative project? Do I have one?! But now I know. My freelance life. That’s my creative project. That’s […]
  • Learn asynchronously: 13 effective ways for better studying and reading more Sat, 17 Apr 2021 - I want to explore ways of reading more and how to learn more effectively for 2 reasons: Getting better at my own learning Better supporting other people with their learning A couple of weeks ago I explored learning asynchronously in Weeknotes: Designing better lives by mining the multiverse 🖌️. Now, I have more thoughts and […]
  • What time is it? Adventure Time: I’m going freelance! Fri, 16 Apr 2021 - I have news.  I’ve decided to leave Spotify for a new challenge. Couldn’t ask for a better agile coaching community and, simultaneously, I’m excited about the future. Sorted out some things and figuring out some others. I’ll be freelancing on a few creative projects, with writing, workshops, studying, training, consulting. Coming up for May & […]
  • How to learn about trees: Lessons from an enthusiast Thu, 15 Apr 2021 - On developing tree nerdery Hang out with trees and naturalists. Learn from folks who know more than you do Spend quiet/quality time in the woods. Practise being comfortable in nature. Observe. Use your senses to learn more. Make it social: Invite your friends to wander in woods with you. Make new friends amongst tree enthusiasts. […]
  • Where I’m going, and how: Midway blogging challenge recap Wed, 14 Apr 2021 - I was telling a friend about how I know where I’m going and how I’m getting there, and she wanted to know more. I said, ‘I’ll send you the blog post!’ And then realised what I have to say about my values was all scattered in bits and pieces across my site. Which made figuring […]
  • What to write when you’re stuck & the last minute approaches Tue, 13 Apr 2021 - Okay, this is pretty meta, so bear with me… It was getting late and I still hadn’t thought of what to blog about for today, much less written something. So, I headed to a search engine and looked for ‘what should I blog about quiz’ & ‘what should I blog about today’. Table of Contents […]
  • Transition, limbo, slack: The space between – a poem, maybe Mon, 12 Apr 2021 - Unscheduled time. Retreat. Weekend. Time away. A break. We all need it. A change that's as good as a rest. Quiet before the storm. A place to land. It's the inbetween. Betwixt. Betwain. Beware the wrath that falls upon the one who gets between it and me. The irony of writing this blog post in […]
  • cherry blossom and sky Weeknotes: Infinite possibilities: Invitation to dance with life Sun, 11 Apr 2021 - Today: Watching birds Eating fruit Singing to myself outside and making up my own lyrics Here’s the song I was singing whilst walking around outside. So much fun and so freeing, awesome. It’s an invitation to gratitude. When things go wrong it reminds me things were going right. Timely reminder of the importance of ‘doing […]
  • Remembering how to rest & learning insouciance Sat, 10 Apr 2021 - Insouciance, noun, lighthearted unconcern, nonchalance, a state of being carefree. Or, How to rest when you have a million things to do and your brain won’t stop, part 2. Welcome long-anticipated Saturday! Is there a goddess of Saturdays? 🤔 (Oh, okay, apparently Saturday is named after Saturn.) Today, I’ve been enjoying Drinking tea Napping Audio-reading: […]
  • How to rest when your brain won’t stop Fri, 9 Apr 2021 - Timely reminders for myself Go outside, and let the activity of birds soothe your spirit Lie down and play games on your phone, maybe language learning apps Draw and doodle Watch cartoons or films Do morning pages (writing stream of consciousness) about feelings and thoughts Practise recovering from burnout steps: Do less, Connect with goals […]
  • If my life were a book, what would it be? Thu, 8 Apr 2021 - Thank you to my Toastmasters speakers’ club for inspiring the theme of this blog post. Self help Life is for living, and the meaning of life is whatever meaning you create of it. Inspired by Jaya Ashmore, Steve Pavlina, Julia Cameron, Dr Michael Greger, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Ramit Sethi, existentialists, stoics, Buddhists. Play Rest Learn […]
  • Give it the ole frazzle dazzle! Then, wind down Wed, 7 Apr 2021 - 12 hours of study-work-study And my brain leaks from my ears. Give it the ole frazzle dazzle! A pain in my neck reminds me, I am alive. Give it the ole frazzle dazzle! Head aching is a voice note to Drink more tea. Slowly, I sip. Or greedily. Give it the ole frazzle dazzle, And […]
  • How to follow creativity, trusting the flow: A love letter Tue, 6 Apr 2021 - 1st May 2022 Dear LiLi, I’m writing to you about the journey we’ve been on together, just you – the Creative – and me – your Muse. What an Adventure! Firstly, thank you for your commitment to Compassion. You know how much I hate to be pushed into doing things. No one likes to be […]
  • Curiosity-driven learning: Following joy by wandering the web Mon, 5 Apr 2021 - wilfing noun the activity of browsing the Internet without any particular purpose Table of Contents Octalysis: Gamification & behavioural changeRelatedNextSteve Pavlina: Embrace your love of doing ALL the things!NextYNAB: You need a budget, especially if you have variable income: Here’s howGetting a month aheadVariable incomeNextAlternative futures! Octalysis: Gamification & behavioural change Harness the power of […]
  • Weeknotes: My learning plan for effective, joyful asynchronous study Sun, 4 Apr 2021 - Behind the scenes: How I planned my distance learning with Amplify & Earnable this weekend Daily blogging challenge for April 2021 Reflecting on overwhelm with buckets Table of Contents My week in pictures – daily diary drawingsHighlights of my daily blogging challengePlanning my learning & creating study plansHow I created my plan on Sat, 3 […]
  • Is it worth studying with Steve Pavlina & Ramit Sethi? Sat, 3 Apr 2021 - I’m in week 4 of the Amplify course for creative flow and week 1 of the Earnable course for starting a business. And I wanted to reflect on how it’s going and what I’m learning. Table of Contents Is it worth it?AmplifyEarnableBeing courageous with AmplifySome other words of wisdom that stood out to meUnexpected benefits […]
  • More is less: How to do twice as much with half the effort Fri, 2 Apr 2021 - How to do twice as much with half the effort is a reframe on the idea that black folks need to work twice as hard to get half as much. It’s like companion planting. Growing corn, squash and beans is three times the work of growin just one of those, right? Except, no. The corn […]
  • Destination unknown, but I have a compass: Day 1 challenge Thu, 1 Apr 2021 - Table of Contents Destination unknown, and emergentWhat am I seeking?What am I taking with me?April challenge: Blog dailyMy thought processBenefitsNotes Destination unknown, and emergent I’m sailing to an island. Not a specific area. But I’ll know it when I see it. Because I can describe its features. What am I seeking? Fine sand, crystal waters, […]