I'm a big geek and a big rebel

I’m a big geek and a big rebel all at the same time. 

I am ace at the Countdown numbers. Even when the big number is 75

I have a weird and extensive knowledge of the TFL network…if you are ever drunk and lost at 2am, call me- I will direct you onto the right bus. 

I love ironing. 

I have folders for everything. 

I rub out unnecessary apostrophes on pub chalk boards. 

I have been known to borrow a pen to add one in if required. 

I don’t subscribe to age requirements…by the time I am x…I have to be y. I will be that poem, the old woman who wears purple…

I have invented my own job as I knew I wasn’t suited to one that already existed.

I can get deep really quickly. There are so many people I have met at weddings, airports, in waiting rooms and at conferences that I know waaay too much stuff about but have no idea where they live or which motorway they came on. 

I think about my green Doc Martens a lot. 

And as for Blue Monday or other social calendar date that puts an odd societal pressure on things, I’m not into. Rarely has the ‘best night ever’ been on New Year’s Eve. I really like Mondays. Sometimes I want to have a bath, read a book and get an early night on a Friday night. Sometimes I want to get really drunk on a Wednesday date night. 

January is a time of limbo. We are all desperate for some light and warmth on our faces- even I am saying that as a ginger, pale person. We know we are supposed to be working on our big, bold 2019 goals but the cold weather is suggesting otherwise. ‘Come my sweet friend, it is warm under here in this cloud like duvet’. 

I know I am in a small percentage of people who don’t get the appeal of pancakes. Nor Yorkshire puddings. Too spongy. Too rubbery. On Shrove Tuesday, I will probably be having a lasagna. 

Basically it is all about what works for you…if you are springy in January, spring. If now is your hibernation time, use it wisely and set some deadlines. 

If setting yearly goals is too overwhelming, set 6 monthly goals. Or monthly or weekly or daily. Just get clear on what feels good. Most of our bills are paid at the end of the month and sometimes that is a great time for me to set the next round of goals for the following month. It makes it real. 

My one year podcast anniversary

Yes indeed. Today is the one year anniversary of my podcast.

I wanted to start five years ago. I was spending a lot of time in the car on the motorway listening to other podcasts. At that time, it hasn’t occurred to me that I could start one. Surely the technology would be too complicated to master? What would I say? Who would listen? Isn’t it just people who have 7 figure businesses living in California who can do this?

The idea popped into my head again 3 years ago. I was marching (more like dragging!) myself and my baba around my local streets hoping for a nap in the buggy situation whilst I gained some much needed career clarity and direction with the help of a podcast.

However most of the time, I just felt disheartened. The vibe was very bold with messages of hustling hard, ‘killin it’, doing the grid or being a rockstar. None of that resonated me. Success was/is never going to be working 18 hours a day and not seeing my family.

I knew there must be other people who felt like I did. Those who wanted to explore a different way. I was intrigued to find out how other people defined success.

So I decided. I set a date.

I learnt the technology I needed.

I asked my lovely man for editing and moral support.

I asked people I knew and didn’t know to be guests.

I thought about what I wanted to talk about. I set a schedule.

I booked in the interviews. Nine months later I started to do solo episodes. I remained consistent.

In a nut shell that is what has happened. I have made the content, people like/love it and they share it. The number of plays grow day on day. No tricks or skipping the work. In true, it has never felt hard work.

We have made 110 episodes. It is listened to worldwide. It often charts in the top 100 business podcasts. I love making it and will continue to do so.

Now over to you? What do you want to create or begin this year? Big or small? What has been on your mind? What reoccurring idea excites/infuriates you at 4am? I would love to know.

What are you available/unavailable for in 2019

I know so many of us have our vision boards and wish lists in place. I am a huge fan of goal setting and getting really intentional about what I want to create in the coming year. However this doesn’t just happen by writing it down on fancy stationary. 

Firstly there is the vision work. I like to get to the nitty gritty of the goal. What does it look like at its core? What does that goal/hope/dream mean to me? How will I know when I have got there? 

Secondly, the strategy… how am I going to get from where I am now to where I want to be. What are the steps I need to take? What do I need to learn? Where do I need help? How can I keep myself accountable and on track? 

Thirdly…the mindset. This is such an important and underrated piece of the puzzle. Working on your mindset, your confidence, your self belief are crucial muscles that need to be worked. As grown adults we have so many stories and beliefs that are buried deep within us. On the surface, we can continually ‘think more positive’ or ‘be open’ however if our subconscious underneath has a noisy rabble of ‘It will probably never work’ or ‘Who am I to do this?’ or ‘I don't ever manage to stick to things’ there is going to be resistance. 

One way you can align your mindset and strategy is to write your availability and unavailability lists. This may take some work. Some of the points you make may seem a little out of reach. That is ok. The first step is always awareness. 

Here are some of mine…

I am available to serve my ideal clients. To offer a fantastic service. To be a champion, support, encourager and be kind always. 

I am available to create time for my creativity. To give myself headspace, time and energy to creating projects I am very proud of. 

I am available to create collaborations, to support other people, to do good in the world, to stand in my power. 

I am unavailable for bitchy nonsense. ‘Oh my god, did you hear???’ 

I am unavailable for sharing too soon. Sometimes when you have a portfolio career, it can be intriguing to others. On one hand there are some personal questions and secondly some eye rolls of ‘Sooo how are you going to do that then” or ‘People really pay for that??’ or ‘I thought internet stuff was all a bit scammy’ I never want to leak my hopes and dreams too soon. I only want to share where I will be heard and not judged in the first instance. 

I am unavailable for funky business. ‘Can you do x,y,z…so sorry but there isn’t a budget’. You know the drill, pals. Huge expectations of your time and efforts all for ‘exposure’. Or someone wanting to pick your brains for free but not being ready for your time. They are not ready to pay, to say please/thank you, to take action to do the work. Or the standard, copied and pasted message ‘Tell me your biggest goal this year, let’s connect’… ‘Na Mate’. 

In order to make space for the exciting plans for this year, I have to combine all three principles and I encourage you to do the same. Start small. Be specific. Be bold. 

Interview with Annie Ross, Founder of Team 52

Did you catch my latest episode with Annie from @team52challenge We met when we were both speaking at @stylistlive 
This is a really uplifting and motivating one- perfect for a cold January morning.