The Mountain Shores Podcast Returns!

Resurfacing after a few months in his offline hideout, Fabian discusses with Milo the beauty of creating in the real world, the importance of goals, what he has in common with David Hasselhoff and the improbabilities of ever becoming a professional kite-surfer (despite his involvement with Westend Surfing).

After a short interruption from a potential psychokiller, we touch on the issues of overworking for clients (perhaps leaving us with a boatload of money, but less time for our own work), public expectations, and the right balance between reflecting, reporting and actual, well, doing.

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Trying Not to Try: An Experiment with Effortlessness

Day 3 copyI love to find new tips and tricks from books that I can apply in my own life so I was instantly attracted to the idea of being a ‘literary guinea pig’ for Canongate’s Nudge Your World series.

The first book in the series, Trying Not to Try: The Ancient Art of Effortlessness and the Surprising Power of Spontaneity by Edward Slingerland deals with a pretty complex but appealing concept borne out of ancient Chinese philosophy – that effortlessness and spontaneity can bring you freedom and attract success. I was more than happy to test that hypothesis for a week.

See a shorter version of this article over at the Canongate website, or read on for the full story.

How To Be Ridiculously Prolific and Healthy with Farnoosh Brock

2014-06-28 19.12.08I recently had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to Farnoosh Brock, the uber-prolific blogger and businesswoman behind Prolific Living and the author of The Healthy Smoothie Bible (just published this year) and The Healthy Juicer’s Bible, (which sold 30,000 copies last year!).

Farnoosh and her husband and business partner Andy live in the US but were visiting Edinburgh as part of a trip to Europe, so we met in the busy BrewLab coffee shop (on a rather dreich day).

Farnoosh shares tips on how to give yourself a complete health overhaul starting from ten minutes a day and the difference between smoothies and juicing.

Not only that but she explains how she juggles running four websites and a number of online courses helping people get promoted or change careers as well as keeping fit and healthy.

Oh yes, and she shares her fascinating background including moving to the US from Iran and the fact she can speak Turkish, English and German. I think you’ll agree that Farnoosh is one impressive lady.

Listen below/after the jump, or at SoundCloud.

My Radio Enso Interview: Juggling paid work and personal projects

I was delighted to be invited to take part in an interview for Radio Enso, a fantastic podcast by Gregory Berg, who I met in Portland at WDS 2012 and who lives in San Diego.

Greg is a true gent, asks fantastic questions and once you hear his voice I think you’ll agree he was born to be a radio host. In fact he recently celebrated 130 episodes, three years on the air and 200,000 listens overall!

We talked about some of my favourite topics, which it turns out are also close to Greg’s heart – meditation, masculinity, music and the DIY ethos, and making a living from creative work for clients whilst also juggling personal projects.

Clear-Minded Chronicles Week 4 – Tough Decision Time

nopeWow. That’s May over then. And with it, my successful attempt to record a podcast 5 days a week. At least, I think the numbers work out pretty much ok, as I’ve recorded 22 podcasts over 31 days.

I don’t care anyway as I’m happy with what I’ve managed to do, especially given that I am still working my way out from under a large rock of underwhelmitis.

So here you go – the fourth week of micro-podcasts – thanks to everyone who’s listened, commented or shared – it is very much appreciated.

Clear-Minded Chronicles Week 2 – Balancing Work, Play and Health

Well I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to keep up with recording my new daily podcast for the Sustainably Creative One Thing a Day in May challenge so far (the rules stipulate 5 days per week).

So for those of you who haven’t spotted these on my various social media accounts, or if you simply missed one or two or more of these, here’s a handy round up of the week’s recordings.

The Clear-Minded Chronicles Micro-Podcast #1

Getting ‘back on the horse’ after you let a creative practice (or any positive habit) slip is one of the hardest things to do -especially if your failed attempt plays out publicly.

But what better way to return to the fray than with another challenge that involves the risk of public embarrassment?