Mountain Shores mini podcast: is it a good idea to give your all?

Now and again I record a podcast with my pals Fabian and Michael (with various special guests) called Mountain Shores.

Well, we hadn’t recorded in a while despite the fact we meet most weeks over Skype for a chat. So we decided to try something different and record a “mini” version of about ten minutes length.

Fabian provided us with an interesting bite-sized topic to discuss – whether giving our all is a good idea. After all, if Michael Phelps wasn’t giving his all when he won all those gold metals as he’s recently claimed, then what hope is there for the rest of us?

Listen below and read the show notes over at mountainshores.net

(Un)Productivity Summit: podcast, video & photos

At the beginning of this month I attended the first ever World (Un)Productivity Summit at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales.

In attendance were:

The summit consisted of a gentle curriculum of talks, walks, chi kung, meditation, crocheting, research and writing in the beautiful library, accompanied by plenty of good food, wine and quality rum.

Hear Three Successful Freelancers Tell Their Stories

Mountain-Shores-Logo-FINAL-1400On our rather infrequent podcast about (un)productivity, Fabian and I recently talked to three successful freelancers who all generously shared their stories with us.

Our good friend and regular guest Michael Nobbs even joined us on one occasion from Wales, of all places.

As if to prove how inadequate the word ‘freelancer’ is as a noun, our recent guests make a diverse trio:

  • A journalist/fiction writer who read 80 books in 3 months (as well as making a living writing for prestigious publications)
  • A comedian and magazine publisher who has successfully crowdfunded his new book
  • A web designer and illustrator who has launched two successful crowdfunding campaigns

I think these are some of the best episodes of the Mountain Shores podcast so far, so just in case you’re not subscribed yet, I wanted to share them here – hope you find them useful and maybe even a little bit entertaining!

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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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.