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).

The Ditch the Day Job Diaries: World Domination Special

And after yesterday’s epic round-up post, you’ll be glad to know this is definitely my final post about the World Domination Summit 2012!

While I was in Portland I filmed some (rather shaky) footage and decided to edit it together for a kind of ‘bonus’ episode of The Ditch The Day Job Diaries. Whilst there isn’t any info about freelancing in the video, the trip is an important part of the story because it contributes to some of the decisions I’ve made that will be explored more in Season 2.

As well as clips from the PuttyTribe karaoke night, the Portland Blues festival, and the WDS opening and closing parties, the video also includes cameo appearances from four WDS friends:

Hung Pham, a Career Consultant turned Travel Photographer whose work can be found at www.HungOnTheWorld.com. Hung is currently on a 6 months trip to China, Vietnam, SE Asia, Australia, & New Zealand. I spent quite a bit of time with Hung in Portland and found him wise, hilarious, and extremely generous. Hung was also one of the attendees invited to speak on stage at WDS.

Melissa Dinwiddie, multipassionate artist, teacher and songwriter, who treated me to an impromptu ukelele gig/lesson in the park!  It was so lovely to meet Melissa “in real life” after knowing her for ages online and admiring everything she does to help creative people succeed. We had a great conversation about creativity and life in general (read my interview with Melissa here).

Dr Elise Bialylew, a trainee Psychiatrist and meditation teacher who writes at Curiously Creating and founded Mindful in May, an online, global meditation challenge. In May 2012 there were nearly 900 people meditating from 12 countries, that raised $26,000 for Charity Water. Pretty amazing eh? Elise is such a joy to be around, being extremely insightful, funny and a real force of nature, so I was delighted to be able to spend time with her despite the fact she never seemed to stay still for long!

Jason Digges, a professional video producer, musician, filmmaker, writer, photographer, philosopher, and entrepreneur. Jason writes at Practical Art. I met Jason right at the end of my trip and really enjoyed our conversations, and hearing his deeply spiritual perspective on things, as well as the four-person bike ride we enjoyed around the river with Hung and Elise! As a long-time creative freelancer, Jason also has a lot of experience and wisdom to share.

Finally, as we weren’t allowed to film during the event itself, here is the ever so slightly more slick official recap of the event, which is a bittersweet reminder just how far the gap is between my current video production skills, and what I would like to be able to achieve!