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Before You Quit Writing, Read This

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann Before You Quit Writing, Read This is a new collaborative book from Dave Ursillo and The Literati Writers (of which I’m a member) which is now available on Amazon Kindle. The purpose of the book is to share our […]

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Life is Like a Sliding Puzzle

Do you have a picture of where you want to be that’s different from where you are now?  Any time you want to make changes in life, it rarely happens overnight. Usually, you’re going to have to move the pieces around until what you start with begins to resembles what you want, and you’re probably going to have […]

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What I Think About When I Read About Running

I was extremely saddened to hear about the tragic events at the Boston Marathon yesterday and my heart goes out to everyone affected. I’ve never been to Boston, but my grandparents lived and worked there for a number of years after they emigrated to the States from Ireland so I feel a strong connection to […]

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The Metrics of Helpfulness – The One Person Test

In a recent episode of The Good Life Project, Leo Babauta (of Zen Habits) tells Jonathan Fields that the most important thing a blogger or business can have is trust – and the only way to earn it is to actually be trustworthy, honest, sincere and be there to genuinely help others. It sounds blindingly obvious, right? […]

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New Year “What Ifs” Part 3 – The World Domination Edition

The “What Ifs” I’m asking you to consider in this third and final part of the series were mostly inspired by my trip to Portland for the 2012 World Domination Summit (aka WDS2012), which was definitely up there as one of the most life-changing events of 2012 for me. Whilst I went there expecting to […]

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New Year “What Ifs” Part 2

This is the second post in a three part series where I suggest various “what ifs” for the new year instead of typical advice about making resolutions. Read Part 1 Part 2 contains some bigger, more challenging ideas about what you could possibly do during 2013 – and it just so happens that the first […]

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New Year “What Ifs” – Part 1

What if.. you made 2013 a “Year of Non-Doing”? We grabbed our backpacks from the car and ran as fast as we could, just making the last boat by the skin of our teeth. We were heading to the remote Scottish isle of Eigg, for this summer’s Fence Away Game. It’s an intimate music festival […]

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5 Ways to Stay Sane During the Festive Season

“And so it’s Christmas, and what have you done?” Sang John Lennon. Well the truth is, I’ve done bugger all over the last few days except for play the brilliant Walking Dead game on the iPhone. Why? Because I get a bit overwhelmed by just the thought of Christmas. Here’s a few ways of coping […]

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It’s a No-Brainer: Headspace is the Easiest Way to Start Meditating

Meditation. What does that word mean to you? To some it will be a bit too airy fairy, and only something for hippies or weirdos. Or you might have heard a lot about it, but are unsure how to even go about getting started. Well if you’re willing to look past your preconceptions or fears around […]

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Previously, On the Ditch the Day Job Diaries…

When I first left my job in February to become a full-time freelancer, I starting doing a regular video diary about my experiences to share with subscribers to the Clear-Minded Creative newsletter. Although I initially intended it to be weekly, that wasn’t entirely realistic, and I only ended up filming 14 episodes. The final episode […]