In 2015 one of my job titles was 'tribebuilder' at Tribewanted. We co-created a tiny eco-tourism community with the local clan of Gonubalabala in Papua New Guinea. It was a project which involved all of my favourite things in the world: travel, adventure, coaching, sustainability and community life.
...It’s my fourth anniversary of becoming a civilian.
I love this anniversary. It marks such a fundamental change in my life. One of real fork-in-the-road moments in life. I really enjoy taking some time to reflect on what’s happened in the last year and to check-in with the new life I’m creating for myself.
Surround yourself with people who cheer you on and you’ll have much higher chance of success.
Naturally, we all have a different definition of success, and I hope you do too. There’s no point chasing someone else’s dream!
Therefore it’s important to make an informed and independent decision on what kind of network is right for you.
What on earth is the fear of success?
We all know it takes courage and self-belief to start a business. But one thing I’ve discovered is that the journey of personal development doesn’t end when you take that brave step of hanging the ‘open’ sign in your metaphorical shop window.
Your story is absolutely essential to tell. It connects your audience intimately and emotionally to both you and your product. Share this on every communication and product.
2017 is in full swing. I hope this is just the beginning of a powerful chapter in your personal and professional journeys. While we have control of our own lives (truly, we do, despite the challenges), it’s not the same for many others.
The sense of urgency, frustration or disbelief you might feel when reading the news each morning I know is echoed by everyone in this group. Now, more than ever, it’s right to take a look at the role we can and must play in society. What can we really do?
We could not have hoped for a better start of the year here at NOI!
First and foremost, we now have an amazing Social Media Manager, who started working super hard from day one on connecting us even more to our community of ladies! Jillian Weidner, from Ithaca College, will help us while she is spending her semester in London. Welcome Jill!
Secondly, we held our first event of the year called "one step closer" last week and we loved every bit of it. Jill is sharing her writeup here and go check out the photo album at the end of the post too! Photos are courtesy of photographer and NOI Lady Jess Yau. Check out her work here :)
I would like to share a thought here because the recent discussions I saw on our facebook group have shown me once more that we are really doing something beautiful in the NOI Club.
I was reading a letter to a magazine the other day that spoke about the importance of collaboration.
Four years ago today I woke up at 3am, put on my Paralympic Games Maker Uniform and headed out with my “usual” taxi driver to help open Excel for the days prep work for the Paralympics that opened on the 29th of August 2012.
I’ve had a particularly sudden and sharp trajectory from 9-5 office worker to running my own freelance writing business.
However, the reality is that I’ve been preparing to take this leap for many years.