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I didn’t post any writing yesterday. I was tired.

In the past, I would have pushed through, worked on until everything had been ticked off my list, despite how exhausted I was or how late the hour.

This was my working life for many years. I’d been brought up to believe that work was my top priority but I was also my own worst enemy. .

In April 2019 I resigned from my day job. A catalyst, one weekend, made me realise that time was finite. Less than a month later I was no longer employed.

I had no real…

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My philosophy of life has always been all or nothing. It can be a double-edged sword.

It leads me to throw myself, heart and soul, into whatever I’m doing. I burn the candle at both ends. Before I know it, my flow has ebbed away.

I reach a point of burnout and overwhelm. I regroup and pare back. I focus on good habits until, again, these practices are chipped away by a busy week or plate spinning.

Then I grind to a halt. The creative well is dry. I feel adrift. How can I have done it again? …

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Some time ago I came across an article about how trees communicate with each other, how there exists a tree network called the Wood Wide Web!

Each tree has a role to play in its community, providing support and sharing resources. Theirs is a network of cooperation.

It doesn’t make evolutionary sense for trees to behave like resource-grabbing individualists. They live longest and reproduce most often in a healthy stable forest. That’s why they’ve evolved to help their neighbours ~ Suzanne Simard

We can learn a lot from trees. I believe that we need to see ourselves and the natural…

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I make no apologies for being almost evangelical about Obsidian. But it has given me a lot of sleepless nights!

Back in April when I first downloaded Obsidian and set about creating my Digital Garden, I was in awe of the depth and breadth of the app, and the sheer scale of the possibilities it promised. I read everything I could find about other people’s setups, and watched every YouTube video available. The synapses were firing as I joined the dots of Obsidian’s potential.

Night after night, I would lie in bed, trying to get to sleep, when one idea…

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Back in my 20s I spent some time working in Paris for the French electricity company, EdF, that we represented in the UK.

It was my last weekend in Paris and I met with a French colleague for a wander around the Marché aux Puces. I’d never been before and it was on my wishlist. I don’t remember much of the flea market but I remember the bar where we sat down for a drink. I suspect mine was a Diet Coke.

There was music playing. The bar had seen better days. …

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My husband is the UK’s only completely blind, professional, accredited woodturner.

We’ve followed a plan to grow his brand. This is how we did it.

1. put your head above the parapet

If you want your work to be seen you have to show up. Use social media to share your story and build your credibility.

2. network

Talk and tell your story. You never know who’s paying attention.

3. if you don’t ask, you don’t get

Be brash about going after what you want. Doing this for Chris has led to speaking gigs, podcasts, interviews and videos.

4. dream big

Have a dream and a plan and then work your way through it. We’re still doing that now.

5. start from scratch


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May the bridges I burn light the way ~ Dylan McKay, Beverly Hills 90210

I’m a long time bridge burner. An advocate of letting go and decluttering, bridge burning has always fitted right into my philosophy.

The urge to, metaphorically, strike a match and burn everything to the ground creeps up on me. In the past, that’s what I’ve done. Websites, notebooks, projects, writing have all gone up in flames. And it feels so good!

And while the bridge burning does shine a light on matters, there is no going back. …

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Ever since I first came across Obsidian earlier this year, my life has changed.

I quickly became obsessed with Obsidian, with its notetaking ability, and how I could transform a vanilla app into something bespoke. The extraordinary community around Obsidian introduced me to a range of practices, processes and plugins which enhanced my experience.

And down the rabbit hole, I went!

Along the way I found others, like David Perell, who shared the concept of writing from abundance. By funnelling content from other sources such as the web, Readwise, Kindle highlights, tweets and Matter into Obsidian, I began to create…

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Human beings are pre-programmed to be social animals. We are made to connect.

In Wayfinding: The Art and Science of How We Find and Lose Our Way, Michael Bond describes how two tribes:

… the Kung and the Aché think nothing of walking a few dozen miles to exchange stories and news with another group, though both are outclassed by the Hiwi in Venezuela, who have been known to walk sixty miles through day and night to visit a neighbouring village before walking back again a couple of hours later.

Today we might connect more online than in real life…

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Imagine losing your sight. Completely. Going through a hell of anxiety, depression, insomnia, hallucinations, nausea and muscle spasms for four years. Contemplating checking out.

But then turning a corner and discovering a craft called woodturning. And finding your salvation.

Then coming to the realisation that you don’t want your sight back.

This is my husband’s story.

Becoming blind took Chris on a whole new journey, one he had never imagined for himself. Now going by the moniker of the Blind Woodturner, Chris has inspired thousands with his story of hope and determination.

He travelled the length and breadth of the Hero’s Journey, emerging at the other end as one of a kind.

We would never have met if Chris had not lost his sight. You never know what life has in store for you.

Nicola Fisher

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