My good friend @Omaniblog reminded me the other day that sometimes we just need to do things other than "work".
A few days after listening to his story about taking the morning off work, I was inspired to shift my day around too.
So instead of making my usual morning tea and heading to my desk, I jumped in the car with Adam and we headed to Granville Island in Vancouver. We sat in the farmer's market and chatted about all kinds of things. People, cars, bridges, history and sushi. It was relaxing, entertaining and joyful.
Shortly after our market adventure, Adam and I headed over for a walk close to the beach. It was a crazy windy day. We enjoyed walking in all of that wind. We even saw a sailboat that had become totally loose in the water due to the wind.
After all that walking and wind we needed to warm up. We managed to find some shelter at a local museum. Adam loved it and explored lots of new things.
These adventures took about four hours and we had an amazing time. Adam is still talking about it days later.
Here's the thing: work-life balance is a myth. Instead, I believe in living, laughing and earning - with generosity AND intention.
On this day, I practiced what I believe. I walked my talk.
I intend to do it more and more.
Recently I made a trip to Elk Valley, BC to learn more about the region. I was there for three days and visited multiple communities to learn about the issues related to health care, child care, housing and education. I simply love getting to know new people and hearing the stories they tell. I had never visited this part of British Columbia before. I really enjoyed my time there and hope to return again in the months to come.
I made a few audioboo recordings over the course of the trip. You can listen below to learn more about my adventures in the region.
My kids and family mean everything to me. @BobHCC and I are kept pretty busy raising raising three exceptional individuals who are actively learning the art of unconventional thinking. I'm also the proud step mom of two strong and capable adult step daughters. Plus my mom and dad are each 79 years old. We have a busy, crazy and hectic life - but we do our very best to keep our family connections strong. It takes effort, yet we are always working on it - because it matters.
I believe that other people's kids matter a lot too - I've dedicated much of my career to creating services that support children and families. One child at a time ~ one family at a time; there is much difference that can be made in the world.
Connections exist all around us. We see examples of them in nature everywhere. They are a good visual for us to think about when we consider the connections that happen in the online world as well.
At the end of the day - everything is connected. It's how you begin and nurture those connections that matters. It's how you use them to grow friendships and create opportunities.
Look for connections - every day. In nature. At work. With people. In communities. They all matter and can lead to amazing possibilities.
This morning I was delighted to hear my good friends @RogerOverall & @Omaniblog back together for a special edition of #BusinessJazz. You may recall that for a while I filled in while @Omaniblog was away from podcasting. It was simply wonderful to hear them back at it and I hope that there will be more episodes to come with the two of them chatting just as they used to! And of course @mcfontaine did his usual amazing job of pulling the audio together to sound simply grand.
Have a listen to this special edition.
This is a question I ponder every now and then. I'm a person who strongly believes in the magic of online connection building. I write about it often and share lots of personal stories about the many ways that I use technology to nurture relationship and grow personal and business opportunities. I thrive when given opportunities to be socially creative and connected. Despite all the greatness of building these online connections, every now and then I worry that I'm somehow messing with my personal, face to face relationships in ways that I don't yet quite understand. I wonder what it means for my kids and other people's kids too. I worry that my family doesn't connect enough. I consider if too many of us are confusing "being present" with "sharing" the moments that matter the most ~ with virtual strangers. To me the lines are grey and the water's murky when it comes to all of this; so I find that I'm contemplating more and more about the impact of all this social connection. This video which features Charlene deGuzman came out about a week ago. It's called I Forgot My Phone and it has already had millions and millions of views. Clearly, it's struck a chord with people. Smartphones are amazing; no doubt about it. However are we using them in ways that compromise our personal connections? Are they endangering our relationships?
Ms. deGuzman’s video may have landed at one of those cultural moments when people start questioning if something has gone too far and start doing something about it.I think Nick is right, more and more I'm hearing questions and conversations such as this. People are increasingly wondering where the line is. The dinner table has lost out to technology. Bedrooms are no longer personal spaces. A staggering number of people are within arms reach of their smartphone 24/7. Children compete with technology for undivided attention from their parents. Many spouses and partners are connecting more online than in real time. Kids are learning to make social connections before face to face friendships. All of this is concerning; yet increasingly the norm. This is indeed a worry.
This post was originally published by Jane Boyd here.
Perhaps because it is easy. I don't need to worry about too many design things. Or tools - or plugins. Perhaps because being here might just help me on the next phase I'm getting ready to embark on. Perhaps because I need to stop, focus and create. And simply be me. In my own place and space...where all of this first started.
What if I just forgot about all of the distractions, shiny tools and created some new content here? What if I just wrote? What if I came back home? What if I brought some of the last few years here? What if I centralized my energies and focused? What if I did all of that - here and in an easy way. In my way. For me. And for you.
Perhaps I just will. In fact, perhaps I just did. (Update - I am and I'm dropping content in from a number of other places too. For that reason, an increasing number of posts will be added in for the dates between 2011 and 2013.)
Besides - Seth's still here - so it can't be all bad.
This past weekend I found some amazing shade from the August summer sun while sitting under this umbrella. My daughter and I had stopped for a late breakfast at a local DeDutch, before finishing her back to school shopping. We were busy chatting and people watching. I was incredibly focused on my time with her and it truly was lovely to connect for some one on one time. As a Mom, I work hard to nurture the relationships I have with my children. As an entrepreneur, I also work hard to nurture my local and global relationships.
I had ordered some tea with my breakfast. It quickly arrived and right away I remembered why I love going to this particular restaurant. Not only do they offer great gluten free options, but they have really nice teapots. Being a lover of tea, I quickly decided to share a picture of my cup of tea and the teapot on Instagram. I was pretty sure that some of my online connections would appreciated the simple, yet lovely design of the teapot. Within minutes Melissa Leon, Chief of Staff at Misfit Inc & Member of the 45 Conversations Global Advisory Team, had indicated her love of the teapot picture. Melissa and I were thousands of miles apart - yet in that moment we had shared a small but simple connection.
Later in the day, while wandering through shops with Emma, I came across a "great wall of teapots". Immediately I thought of my earlier connection with Melissa and decided that I would share the teapots with her. I knew she would love them because I know that she appreciates all things food. You see in her spare moments, Melissa shares stories about food over on Tasty Misfit. Sure enough Melissa once again indicated her *love* for the picture. One more time, we had connected across the miles.
Nurturing relationships doesn't have to be complicated or scary. Keeping it simple and generous will carry you far. So, plan to take 5 minutes and reach out. Do this over and over. Every single day. Before you know it; your world will be filled with amazing people, strong relationships and endless opportunities.
This post was originally published here.
New ideas are born on the edges of a standard curve. The edges of the curve attract people who care about what’s next. This goes against everything we are taught about targeting the mass market.I was able to watch the keynote too and have been thinking about it ever since. Here's some of what has been going through my mind.
The people and businesses who embrace and cultivate creativity, that celebrate uniqueness and find ways to dance with new ideas & product creation ~ right at the edge of the curve are way farther ahead than any of us can even begin to imagine. The truth is that they have a huge competitive advantage over those hanging on to the shifting middle ground.
Let's face it, getting to the edge is scary work - no question. It takes guts - lots of them. Certainly more than a few people will wonder about your sanity at some point in time. Without question, you'll be leading (if not hacking down the path.) But, if that's where you do your best work, if it's where you thrive - then why wouldn't you go there? Why wouldn't you dance with the other amazing minds that call the edges of the curve home? People like AJ & Melissa Leon and Tess Vigeland. The simple fact is that there has never been a better time than right now to be the person you truly are. There has never been a better moment in history to find and align with the people and businesses who understand, love and respect you. There has never been a better time to move to the edges ~ ever.
I'm so glad that you have stopped by. My name is Jane Boyd and I'm the Founder of 45 Conversations. This site is actually the very first blog that I began with. I used it as a place to write about work, family & life related issues. You might just say I did some of my intial online writing, experimenting and growing up here.
Today, I share ideas and information via multiple platforms online. The official website of my company 45 Conversations can be found here. You may be interested to read the Back Story to understand how it began. 45 Conversations provides a range of work-life, early learning, education (courses) & content marketing related products and services. On Early Learning Canada, you will find information related to professional development and workplace child care consulting. I also write on topics related to work & life on a more personal website that I call Getting To Intentional. For most of 2013, I was one of the Co-Hosts of the Business Jazz Podcast (it's currently taking a break, but may be back in the future.) Despite being an introvert, I really LOVE having face to face and online conversations with people. You can find many of them over on Audioboo and YouTube.
As an educator, with more than 25 years experience, I’m committed to developing innovative online education and face to face training opportunities related to work-life, early learning and education. Currently I'm working on a series of online professional development workshops for Early Childhood Educators. They will start launching in the Fall of 2013. I also do a lot of consulting related to developing child care at work ~ because I believe that access to high quality child care is essential for both business & family success. I'm strongly influenced by real people and local/global relationships. I love the amazing things can come from using social media and transmedia tools and sharing content that is helpful. I believe in the power of connections, collaborations and storytelling. I'm also working on the development of a global, virtual conference related to Digital Storytelling & Content Marketing. I invite you to be part of it as a presenter, sponsor or virtual attendee. I will be sharing more information about this event in the coming weeks and months. Partnering with product developers, events and entrepreneurs; I'm pretty busy developing conversation campaigns and partnerships that build awareness, drive interaction/collaboration levels and influence the way people think about the issues related to learning, earning and living. In short, I'm committed to growing 45 Conversations into a content marketing and education company that makes a true difference to everyone who experiences the products and services we deliver.
There are lots of opportunities to step up and do what's right in life. Sometimes it's a very small thing and other times it's a large ethical decision. Knowing when to step up and act is essential. I practise this as often as I can.
Also be helpful. Be kind. Don't hold onto all of the answers. Give for the sake of giving. Expect nothing in return - ever. Make generosity your brand - in life and in business.
If you practice doing the right thing and being generous - you will see amazing results begin to unfold all around you.
I tend to push limits, ask hard questions and find/create solutions that are outside of traditional systems and typical expectations. I'm a misfit for sure. Increasingly, I'm practicing a life of non conformity. This means that I colour inside the lines as little as possible - in my business and in my life. Truth be told - I strive to get way outside the lines as often as possible.
Conformity, systems and rules are highly over rated. Chase Jarvis gave an amazing talk on creativity at World Domination Summit in Portland in July. It reminded me about how much it matters to get way outside the lines - in work and in life.
Now of course, there are moments and reasons to respect rules, systems and lines; however the more you can get away from them - for the right reasons - the better your life will be. I promise.