Do More of What you Love!

Everyone has favourites. Favourite movies, books, films, blogs, foods, things to do, places, jokes. 

Making time to do at least one thing you really love everyday is good for you. 

Enjoying Great Food in Welcoming Places is one of my favourite things to do. From the many places I’ve luckily tried I’ve picked my five favourite spots in Dublin that I believe do this brilliantly.

  1. Probus Wines & Spirits - A secluded bespoke den. 
  2. Sound Bites Cafe - Tower Records - A hustle and bustle escape. 
  3. Roasted Brown - A chilled meeting place.
  4. Coppa Cafe RHA -  A cultural retreat.
  5. Lolly & Cooks - A people gazing spot (Maple & walnut scones…amazing)

Try them out I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.

and/or

Share your favourites, you might find something new or someone new who has the same interests.

and definitly 

Spend some time today doing something you love!

Plumb Line

I was lucky to receive some genuine wise words last week, from a very inspiring woman, Lizbeth Goodman (Professor of Inclusive Design & Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at University College Dublin/Founder & Director SMARTlab).

I was on a creative workshop morning, when Goodman spoke among many other interesting topics about the importance of developing your ‘Plumb Line’. I’d never heard of the term before!  

A ‘Plumb Line’ is: ‘A line from which a weight is suspended to determine verticality or depth of water’ that is ‘directed exactly toward the Earth’s center of gravity’. An analogy for your core line. The driving force rooted in everything you do.

By clearly understanding, defining and sharing your ‘Plumb Line’ you, your friends, family and colleagues are in the best position to grow and profit from your ‘Plumb Line’. I look forward to defining mine. A good place to start is by identify what your “Plumb Line’ is not.

Plumb Line

I was lucky to receive some genuine wise words last week, from a very inspiring woman, Lizbeth Goodman (Professor of Inclusive Design & Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at University College Dublin/Founder & Director SMARTlab).

I was on a creative workshop morning, when Goodman spoke among many other interesting topics about the importance of developing your ‘Plumb Line’. I’d never heard of the term before!  

A ‘Plumb Line’ is: ‘A line from which a weight is suspended to determine verticality or depth of water’ that is ‘directed exactly toward the Earth’s center of gravity’. An analogy for your core line. The driving force rooted in everything you do.

By clearly understanding, defining and sharing your ‘Plumb Line’ you, your friends, family and colleagues are in the best position to grow and profit from your ‘Plumb Line’. I look forward to defining mine. A good place to start is by identify what your “Plumb Line’ is not.

Trying New Things
Routine for many is comfortable, be it good or bad for you. It can be difficult to make changes big or small. The adult brain often veers away and underestimate the benefit of new experiences. New experiences no matter how small inspire us to take more new experiences. As Aristotle says ‘We are what we repeatedly do’.

Trying New Things

Routine for many is comfortable, be it good or bad for you. It can be difficult to make changes big or small. The adult brain often veers away and underestimate the benefit of new experiences. New experiences no matter how small inspire us to take more new experiences. As Aristotle says ‘We are what we repeatedly do’.

Assertiveness
I recently took a SureSkills course on assertiveness. I expected it would give me insight on how to ‘assert’ better control in my activities, to help me make more of them. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that assertiveness is pretty much the exact opposite. In the words of our instructor Yanki (yes like yankiedoodle, and that’s how he introduced himself) ”Assertiveness is the ability to clearly, confidently and respectfully communicate needs, feelings and wants to others”
I found the course really interesting. Along with the twelve other young professionals from a range of disciplines attending the course, I believe we all gained something from partaking in this one day course. I think if soft skills like these were more widely understood and practiced we could have a more productive and positive society.
Here’s my top 10 tips that I picked up from the course:
1. Be yourself. Keep true to your values. Don’t change to suit others.
2. Never presume anything. Seek clarity when unsure.
3. Communication is a process. Decide on what you mean and deliver this in the most effective manner.
4. Consider how you could be misinterpreted. Everybody has a different perspective.
5. Body language accounts for 90% of communication. Be open and affirming.
6. Articulate without emotion. In a positive and empathetic manner.
7.Anger happens. Listen to help instill calm and distill a solution. Don’t take it personally.
8. Be decisive. Say no, change your mind, make mistakes, be selfish (with consequences).
9. Believe in success and life’s possibilities. Give and take criticism when appropriate.
10. Avoid passive/aggressive habits: interrupting, non matching mood, unclear or no opinion.

Assertiveness

I recently took a SureSkills course on assertiveness. I expected it would give me insight on how to ‘assert’ better control in my activities, to help me make more of them. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that assertiveness is pretty much the exact opposite. In the words of our instructor Yanki (yes like yankiedoodle, and that’s how he introduced himself) Assertiveness is the ability to clearly, confidently and respectfully communicate needs, feelings and wants to others”

I found the course really interesting. Along with the twelve other young professionals from a range of disciplines attending the course, I believe we all gained something from partaking in this one day course. I think if soft skills like these were more widely understood and practiced we could have a more productive and positive society.

Here’s my top 10 tips that I picked up from the course:

1. Be yourself. Keep true to your values. Don’t change to suit others.

2. Never presume anything. Seek clarity when unsure.

3. Communication is a process. Decide on what you mean and deliver this in the most effective manner.

4. Consider how you could be misinterpreted. Everybody has a different perspective.

5. Body language accounts for 90% of communication. Be open and affirming.

6. Articulate without emotion. In a positive and empathetic manner.

7.Anger happens. Listen to help instill calm and distill a solution. Don’t take it personally.

8. Be decisive. Say no, change your mind, make mistakes, be selfish (with consequences).

9. Believe in success and life’s possibilities. Give and take criticism when appropriate.

10. Avoid passive/aggressive habits: interrupting, non matching mood, unclear or no opinion.



Headspace
I think taking time out everyday is important. In today’s info generation it is unusual to be anywhere without something to watch, do, read, talk or listen to. Over the past few months I have come across some handy tools that I use to create space & quiet.  

Headspace - an app that gives guided meditations. They offer 10 free trial sessions to get you started, to see if it’s for you.


Yogatoday - a website with tons of yoga classes that can be completed at any time or place. They offer one free class a week.

Along with these online tools, I have also come across some great offline initiatives.

Selfridges No Noise - a concept project that invites shoppers to celebrate the power of quiet. I wrote a blog post on this in January. The project has since finished but what a great pilot.  


The LookOut - (image) an education centre in the middle of Hyde Park, that is open to all to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Here well-being activities, yoga and meditation are offered. 

I hope you find the time to Enjoy your Time.

Headspace

I think taking time out everyday is important. In today’s info generation it is unusual to be anywhere without something to watch, do, read, talk or listen to. Over the past few months I have come across some handy tools that I use to create space & quiet.  

  • Headspace - an app that gives guided meditations. They offer 10 free trial sessions to get you started, to see if it’s for you.

  • Yogatoday - a website with tons of yoga classes that can be completed at any time or place. They offer one free class a week.

Along with these online tools, I have also come across some great offline initiatives.

  • Selfridges No Noise - a concept project that invites shoppers to celebrate the power of quiet. I wrote a blog post on this in January. The project has since finished but what a great pilot.

  • The LookOut - (image) an education centre in the middle of Hyde Park, that is open to all to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Here well-being activities, yoga and meditation are offered. 

I hope you find the time to Enjoy your Time.

Choices… Our days are full of them. How do you make yours?
I woke up this morning, as with every morning that I am here for, with a series of choices to make. Sadly, I know this luxury is not available to everyone for various reasons. Something which deserves much further thought. But for the most part, I am not the exception, everybodys days are full of choices.
Choices can be big/small, easy/difficult, overwhelming/unnoticeable. The active decisions made in answer to choices shape our hours, days, weeks, months, lives. How exciting…! How scary…!
I find ‘choice’ a very interesting topic, experiencing the results of my choices and what evolves from them. Along with ready what others write about choice, e.g. Alan Bishop’s, a GOOD community member’s post on the ‘21 choices you must train yourself to make, in order to succeed’
I don’t have advice on good or bad, right or wrong choices to make. I do though think it is very important for everyone to realise the power of their own choices, in all aspects of life and To Have The Courage to Make Choices, on Things that are Important to You, to be the You You want to be.
Choice is a freedom we are lucky to have, so we should use it.

 

Choices… Our days are full of them. How do you make yours?

I woke up this morning, as with every morning that I am here for, with a series of choices to make. Sadly, I know this luxury is not available to everyone for various reasons. Something which deserves much further thought. But for the most part, I am not the exception, everybodys days are full of choices.

Choices can be big/small, easy/difficult, overwhelming/unnoticeable. The active decisions made in answer to choices shape our hours, days, weeks, months, lives. How exciting…! How scary…!

I find ‘choice’ a very interesting topic, experiencing the results of my choices and what evolves from them. Along with ready what others write about choice, e.g. Alan Bishop’s, a GOOD community member’s post on the ‘21 choices you must train yourself to make, in order to succeed’

I don’t have advice on good or bad, right or wrong choices to make. I do though think it is very important for everyone to realise the power of their own choices, in all aspects of life and To Have The Courage to Make Choices, on Things that are Important to You, to be the You You want to be.

Choice is a freedom we are lucky to have, so we should use it.

 

Creativity is Everywhere, Everyones, and important to Everything!

I came across the Experience Institute recently. I think it’s such a great idea. A school focused purely on learning by doing.

‘Custom higher education based on apprenticeships, conferences, workshops, and creative projects.’

I think so many people could benefit from this format of education being available to them as an option. Rather than just the existing ‘traditional’ higher education model.

For more see @expinstitute



Fancy

Fancy

Offset 2013: Top 10 Inspirations & Learnings

  1. Have fun, smile, create, be engaged & don’t over think things. This can lead to great work and if not at-least you enjoyed the process!

     

  2. Don’t settle for security over being challenged and excited!

     

  3. Make plans for your work, set goals and don’t stop until you have achieved them. Push through your comfort zone to achieve when needed!

     

  4. If you feel stuck in a ‘rut’ change something… where you eat, your office location, work with new people, if all else fails… travel!

     

  5. Don’t base your career on money. The freelance lifestyle is a luxury to be cherished!

     

  6. Be part of the community you are working in, give and take from it!

     

  7. Work with people who you can trust, who inspire you, who you can be friends with!

     

  8. Do stuff you believe in, don’t become complacent, if you’re not challenged there is a problem!

     

  9. Undertake personal projects that you are passionate about. What you learn along the way will be invaluable. If you don’t try you won’t learn!

     

  10. Done is better than perfect, keep shipping and don’t be too precious, doing is everything!


Via:

 

Niamh Sharkey: http://www.niamhsharkey.com/

Hvass & Hannibal : http://www.hvasshannibal.dk/

Je Lee: http://pleaseenjoy.com/projects/personal/bubble-project/#image233

JR: http://www.jr-art.net/


Let’s go do…

 

A Cross Discipline Approach 
 
The benefit of applying a different mind-set when problem solving.
 
Here, managers from Toyota apply the processes used in the factory production of vehicles to that of soup kitchens. To help enable more people access to the help on offer, by making the system more efficient.
 
Excellent use of industry skills and knowledge for effective CSR. 
 
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=avM2OQN9-L0
See more: http://mealsperhour.com/
Via @good
 

A Cross Discipline Approach

 

The benefit of applying a different mind-set when problem solving.

 

Here, managers from Toyota apply the processes used in the factory production of vehicles to that of soup kitchens. To help enable more people access to the help on offer, by making the system more efficient.

 

Excellent use of industry skills and knowledge for effective CSR.

 

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=avM2OQN9-L0

See more: http://mealsperhour.com/

Via @good

 

THE DAWN OF THE HUMAN ERA


How companies need to take a more cross-disciplinary innovative approach. To create more meaningful and unique human center product/service offerings for their customers.


It’s the future!!! Great company and ethos.

Via @  Dynalucid
More information available here: http://www.dynalucid.com/#home

American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry (born January 2, 1956) is as much a storyteller as she is a visual philosopher. Her recognizable works are invariably imbued with equal parts humor, irreverence, sensitivity, and wisdom. The irreal to peel away at some simple truth or grand complexity of what it means to be human.
See more: http://thereconstructionists.org/  

American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry (born January 2, 1956) is as much a storyteller as she is a visual philosopher. Her recognizable works are invariably imbued with equal parts humor, irreverence, sensitivity, and wisdom. The irreal to peel away at some simple truth or grand complexity of what it means to be human.

See more: http://thereconstructionists.org/  

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