With Hung and Elise

Mindful in May: Clear Mind For You, Clean Water for Others

Friends and family have been telling me for quite some time I should speak to a psychiatrist and whilst they are probably right, that isn’t why I’m posting this interview with Dr Elise Bialylew.

I thought you’d be interested in what Elise has to say because as well as being a medical doctor she is the founder of Mindful in May.

It’s a brilliant initiative which invites people to commit to a month of meditation practice for 10 minutes a day, whilst also helping raise money for Charity: Water (the same cause I gave up my last birthday and alcohol for 12 months for).

Something To Link About – Good Intentions Edition

Polatross Calendar 2013 by Blythe Robertson

Polatross Calendar 2013 by Blythe Robertson

What have people been talking about this week? The vast expanse of a brand new year, of course.

The Onset of Annual Review Syndrome

Chris Guillebeau has written about his annual review process now for a number of years, but this was a more vulnerable post than usual, as he is coming towards the end of his goal to travel to every country in the world, and has been feeling “sad recently for reasons I don’t understand”. The final country he is visiting will be Norway in April and I’ll be joining him in celebrating his achievement at a party in Oslo.

Other annual reviews I enjoyed included ones by Emilie Wapnick of Puttylike, Jonathan Mead of Paid to Exist, and Lis of Last Year’s Girl.

Don’t Mention the R-word – Goals, Habits and Good Intentions

New Year’s Resolutions are soooo 2012. I shared some New Year “What Ifs” – read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Michael Nobbs has decided to delay the New Year and make January a month of reflection and planning.

Fabian Kruse, meanwhile has declared 2013 a year of writing.

James Clear writes about the power of small wins and identity-based habits.

Dan James writes eloquently on A Big Creative Yes about the benefits of a daily practice in his post Permission, Practice and Coming Out of Hiding.

Dave Ursillo urges you to create more bad art.

Vishnu, a spiritual guru who is after the jobs of both Chopra and Oprah, spoke to life coach Susan Fox about setting goals.

Kim Manley Ort is planning a year of contemplation by studying the poetry of Rilke.

Mary hopes to spread some postal joy in 2013.

Blogging, Digital Marketing and Social Media

Fellow copywriter Andrew Nattan raises some burning blogging issues for 2013.

Daily Beast/The Dish blogger Andrew Sullivan raised $333,000 in one day to support his move to running a completely independent blog.

Dave Charest shares a great library of small business marketing tips over at Constant Contact.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation shared their review of 2012 and digital rights activism across the globe.

Wired UK did a feature on Scott Harrison from Charity: Water who has used digital campaigning to great effect.

And finally, William Shatner uses personal communicator to transmit message to space.

Have you read anything good this week? You can post a link in the comments.

Have a great weekend! 

A Year of Clarity Update: We Did It! 20 People Will Get Clean Water

Wow! I’m blown away by people’s generosity. Not only did we reach the target I set for my birthday campaign, we doubled it – meaning instead of 10 people in Rwanda getting access to clean drinking water, now approximately 20 people will.

You can see the results over at the Charity: Water site:

http://mycharitywater.org/year-of-clarity

It’s been very humbling and inspiring to see so many people rallying to the cause, and being so supportive and generous.

Of course my challenge – to give up alcohol for a year – is only just beginning. I said I would do it if we met the target, and now that we doubled it, I am doubly committed to making sure not a drop of alcohol passes my lips until 1st October 2013.

Thankfully, and believe it or not, I’m not the first to commit to such an undertaking. Here’s an interesting article written by Edinburgh Personal Trainer Tracy Griffen about the difficulties and benefits of giving up alcohol for a year:

http://www.leithermagazine.com/2012/07/22/abstaining-from-alcohol-for-a-year.html

And an inspiring video about the same topic from a site called ‘Hello Sunday Morning’. It was posted on Facebook by my friend Paul who is giving up booze for 6 months:

 Of course I’ll keep you posted here about how it all goes!

p.s. the Charity: Water campaign runs for another 87 days. Whilst I won’t be actively promoting the campaign during that time, if you want to sign up to a Creative Clarity & Strategy Session, I’ll keep the offer open for a while longer. The next available times will be during November and December.

A Year of Clarity for Charity:Water

I’m giving up my 35th birthday and booze for a year (if we reach my target of $650!) to help bring fresh, clean water to 10 people who desperately need it in Rwanda.

Donate now!

For a limited time I’m also giving away $125 worth of free Creative Clarity and Strategy Sessions to anyone who donates over $35 (approx £21) and a $50 Creative Clarity Session to anyone who donates over $20 (approx £12!).

You can donate via my Charity:Water campaign page. I’d love it if you supported the campaign. Charity:Water are a very forward thinking organisation who give 100% of all donations directly to bringing water to those who need it (their admin/organisational/marketing costs are all paid for by generous corporate sponsors).

Donate now!

You can get an overview of the problem by watching the below video:

This video about 9 year old Rachel may well move you to tears..

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And this interview with Charity:Water founder in which he explains how he went from greedy nightclub owner (“I was the worst person I knew”) to founder of such a brilliant charity.

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And you can read my post about the World Domination Summit 2012 where I pledged to give up my birthday after listening to Scott speak.