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Journaling my thoughts and experiences in this life journey that I am taking with consideration to the environment, animals, fellow humans and myself.

Along this path I am excited by vegan food, raw vegan food, personal development and good health and by being an alternative and passionate entrepreneur, idler and thinker.

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Getting Back on Track

Being excited about your work Posted on Fri, August 14, 2009 07:01:51

Today is my last day working as a Graphic Production Coordinator for a company here in Stockholm. Since April 2008 I have been working on the non-creative side (working from other people’s designs) of producing templates for web-to-print services (Our customers, for example, offer a service whereby you can quickly and easily put together printed material such as brochures or business cards on-line, without the need for a designer).

Needless to say it
wasn’t really what I had applied to do, and despite doing very well
in learning the specialized software with very little training or
support it has not been a very creative or fulfilling job. But it
served a purpose at the time, and I really do believe that I wasn’t
meant to immerse myself in this job for too long as it was
distracting me from a more magical, fulfilling and authentic life.

Last summer, after
spending too many stressful and frustrating hours out of my precious
days on this work, I asked if I could reduce by working hours to 60%
so that I could have the space and energy to start navigating my life
back to the plan I had made several years previously; namely to be
able to spend more time working with the things that truly bring me
joy, and preferably working from home, or at least locally to avoid
expensive, time consuming and joyless commuting.

Fortunately, the
company I have been working for has been pretty relaxed, unlike some
of the places I have worked where there has been a formal dress code,
and where I would get slapped wrists for being literally 2 minutes
late for work, despite frequently putting in unpaid overtime! Maybe
if this company had been more draconian, I would have quit earlier,
but I almost got comfortable in my daily subtle drudgery. It is
frighteningly easy to quickly slip into the routine of commute –
work – commute – eat, then aim to distract ourselves from the
sickening truth that we are forced to press ‘repeat’ the next day,
and the next, until Saturday comes when we are left standing stranded
in the wasteland of our ‘free time’ unused to being able to direct
two whole days of our life as we please. Well, free apart from the
chores we need to carry out in order to support the following week’s
toil: ironing clothes, making lunch boxes, going shopping to buy
comfort food and drink that that will get us through the working
days…

Thankfully since
going down to part time (I will write a blog post one day to share
how I could afford to work less) it wasn’t as bad as all that…but
the memories of several years of working full-time in soul-shriveling
jobs still stings me today. So now, at the age of 32, I finally feel
that I am beginning to see the path that I wish I saw during my
university days. University; what a scam! As teenagers we are told:
‘Get an education, and if you knuckle down you will soar to the top
of your field, being rewarded for your hard work with support, praise
and promotions’. Wrong! Life wasn’t like that for me or most of the
people I know in those almost random jobs one gets. It’s as Michael
Cera’s character, George Michael, says in the series ‘Arrested
Development’ as he panics the night before an exam: “If I fail at
Math then I wont get a chance at being happy by working hard for the
rest of my life”.

I truly hope that
you wont recognize this pattern as you have been financially rewarded
for doing the things you love, and that you have maintained your
authentic self and path. I hope that when you hear the line from the
film ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’: “From now on your name is no longer
David Webb, It’s Jason Bourne. Welcome to the programme…” you
don’t flinch and twitch and flick nervously through your mind between
images of uncomfortable office wear; pointless meetings with dull and
moaning co-workers; idiotic bosses; packed commuter trains; and a
slowly deflating heart.

For me – who did
flinch at that line – this is a really exciting start. But it has
taken ten years since entering the ‘working world’ to get to this
point. And this point is only the equivalent of deciding to go to the
map shop to buy the map! I know which map I want to buy and I roughly
know which navigational tools can help me get there, but it’s going
to be slightly experimental as to how I move towards a life of joyful
work. I do know though that, where ever I end up, this is the right
thing for me. I hope you will enjoy what I can share from my journey!



The key to problem solving: The freedom to be creative, fake creativity or, if all else fails, chocolate!

Being excited about your work Posted on Fri, June 26, 2009 12:59:11

‘Be creative…now!’ ‘Solve a problem…now!’ Ever had that pressure
put on you? I know I have. One time that springs to mind was a
grueling 2 day entry-test to get into an Industrial Design Degree
programme at Lund University. I had a really bad cold, and not a lot
of creative experience or confidence behind me. It was horrid. Chuck
a load of wanna-be designers in a room and give them a load of briefs
(design briefs not designer briefs!!) and watch them sweat! I had a
fever and the shakes and had to present my work to a panel, who must
have thought I was a nervous wreck or severely hungover, or had
Parkinson’s Disease until I pointed out that I was in fact suffering
from a nasty nasty cold. I got a lot of praise during that panel
interview…sadly not for my outstanding work, but for my apparent
good command of the Swedish language. I didn’t get in. The universe
knows best anyway, as a few months later during another degree
programme I discovered my love for graphic design, which I think is
far more instant, satisfying and accessible, and suits me much
better. 🙂

You might think to yourself that if I am moaning about the pressure
of coming up with designs on the spot then I am not suited to the
modern work place. And I will quite agree with you. I mean I can
certainly perform under pressure and am always pretty creative, but I
have to say that my best ideas do not come when plonked in front of a
computer and prodded with a stick to perform.

My most creative ideas come when I am not at a desk, and when I am
not particularly thinking about the problem. I am sure we have all
heard that the great thinkers came up with their revolutionary
theories when doing other things than working. Mine often come to me
when I am walking in nature or working out. In the days when I used
to be partial to more than a drink or two I would find that the
delicious, barely awake stage of waking up the morning after (when
still slightly intoxicated) was an amazingly creative time. It was
during one such morning when I lay in bed just 25% awake in a dreamy
state yet with my mind going to crazy, alcohol induced places that I
came up with the cheeky, but much appreciated, slogan for a
back-mounted vacuum cleaner with a built-in massage function and MP3
player that I was working on for a group project. “Vac-Pac:
Pleasure from behind!”

In fact I am sometimes tempted to get ridiculously drunk just to
experience that wonderfully creative window of time the next day. But
now that I am a little older – and therefore far less tolerant of
the physical and mental hell that comes with a hang over – I think
I will give it a miss and bounce on my mini trampoline instead.

So I do find it frustrating when companies insist on fixed working
hours. Especially since I have had the good fortune of breaking away
from the traditional 9-5 route and am more used to directing my own
time and working when creativity is there.

And I know I am not the only one. A friend is doing some contract
work at a rather old fashioned organization. He is used to working
with modern, high-tech companies and despairs at the Stone-age
mentality of his new colleagues. He rather amusingly described their
use of email: “They come up to me at my desk and tell me that they
have sent me an email. They then hand me a printed version of the
email they have just sent!” Funny but insanely frustrating! So this
organization is really not in the ‘problems are more likely to be
solved away from the computer’ camp and have even bothered to
reprimand him for not doing all his work chained to a desk.

So what you may ask, has prompted this public criticism of modern
work life? Well, today I am not working in the office. Today I am
free to go to and from the computer depending on my mood and my state
of creativity. No prodding sticks. No need to ‘fake work’ to show
that I am in fact thinking about the problem and not just aimlessly
staring out of the window. You know the ‘I am actually working’ look
don’t you? The frown of concentration; deliberately talking to your
self; writing something down and dramatically crossing it out again;
stabbing the air with a pointed finger and giving a satisfied nod?
You don’t know it? It’s a good tactic to use when stapled to your
desk until some form of inspiration strikes. Alternatively, you could
subscribe to the following idea which is slightly less bonkers and
far more pleasant:

May all
people, who has completed a major piece of work
and who soon are
going to sleep
may all souls who for a moment
feel themselves
to be without inspiration and motivation
may all people who find
the air humid, the time moving slowly
and the mood difficult to
appreciate
grant themselves a good half liter of hot
chocolate……..
they will experience a miracle.

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1775-1826)
French
magistrate and gastronome

What ever you are doing – have a great day. Eat chocolate. Be
inspired!

xx



Inspiring, fun and responsible business.

Being excited about your work Posted on Thu, May 14, 2009 18:35:21

As I have
mentioned before, I love Booja Booja truffles. I also love inspiring
companies that break the mold and operate in an authentic and
responsible way
.

I thought I would share this beauty with you:

“The Booja Booja company exists to
nurture intimacy, balance, well-being, love, ecstasy and humour in
the world through all avenues available.” – the Booja Booja
Business Purpose

What’s your business/life purpose?



Selfish and selfless reasons to be a Warrior of Light and an Excited Entrepreneur!

Being excited about your work Posted on Fri, April 24, 2009 15:29:51

Today has been one
of those blissful days that make all the risks and scary leaps
worthwhile.
Coming back from a beautiful walk in the sunshine with
stunning scenery, surrounded by birds and butterflies (I felt like I
was in a Disney movie!) I was smiling so much. Jumping about
excitedly from time to time, I even shouted ‘I love life’ over the
water from the top of a cliff. But then my thoughts turned to my
darling Christoffer who had to go in to town to work at an
uninspiring office, and would probably come home with the slight
dampness of city working about his soul. He too wants to be an
entrepreneur – to work with something he loves and which he can
direct, instead of working for someone else. But he is not quite
there yet, and I so want him to be so he too can experience the joy I
have experienced today. Just like I want you to experience it. I want
you to live a life that makes you proclaim your love for it from
cliff tops. Knowing that will increase my enjoyment of my bliss.

For me, finding
out that it is possible to
work with something that we love gave me hope. Like many others I had
previously thought that work was a necessary evil. That in order to
enjoy what one does or do good, one either has to do it for free or
for very little money. I have lived my volunteer and charity worker
chapters and realised very soon that – although I am not a
money-chaser – until the utility companies, public transport
authorities, vegetable growers etc start offering free services and
products, then I too need to make an acceptable living.

But
what was my alternative? To work for some random company, dissolving
into the stained beige carpet? I wasn’t about to accept that. Well,
not 5 days a week anyway! But the universe led me to read Nick
Williams’ book ‘The work we were born to do’ and my eyes were opened. So many
people have already taken the scary leap away from ‘secure
employment’ to work with what they love the most. And I have learned
that we all deserve to get paid for what we love to do; and that what
we love to do is in fact a gift to the world and other people, and
following your dream is not in fact selfish – it is incredibly
unselfish. Imagine if your favorite
artist / musician / dancer / chef / writer / clown / teacher had not followed
their dream. Imagine being denied the pleasure they have brought you!

This
also helped me understand that there are more ways to do good in the
world than donate money or time to charities. (Though they are great
things to do too, of course!). Just being the kindest, nicest, joyous
person you can be can bring so much light into people’s lives. And
although it is said that the best way to forget one’s woes is to
listen to someone else’s it is much easier to be a happy bunny when
one is content with one’s life.

And think, if we
are all occasionally so blissed with life that all we want is good
for other people, and that we are prepared to do almost anything to
spread that joy, think what a world we could be sharing!

*************

Nick Williams
offers a very inspiring FREE e-course to help you discover the work
you were born to do and how to implement it. I highly recommend it!

Sign up for the e-course here.