A Model for Better Business

The website design annoys me, but the ideas look interesting from a ‘forward thinking’ business aspect.

Over two years, in partnership with CITIZENME, we’ve spoken to 7,000 people in 5 markets about the role of business in the world today. Last year, in RADICAL EVERYONE, they told us they want fundamental change, and they want businesses to drive it ‐ ahead of governments, charities and activists.

This year, that feeling continues. Only 6% of people think businesses should carry on with existing methods. Everyone else, regardless of age, seniority and geography, believes they should challenge convention and create new ways of doing things.

Source: https://radicaleverything.wolffolins.com/

Quality, Analog and Unscaling

Pretty much how I’m doing, trying and aiming to live.  Unscaling is a term I haven’t come across before, but is something I very much do and support.

  1. Shift focus from quantity to quality: For example, unfollow news outlets — they are all playing the attention-grabbing game and all it does is causes stress, even without knowing the facts. Instead, follow people who can analyze and contextualize the news cycle. For me, The Economist is a good option for world business stories. Others like Barry Ritholtz are a good follow for me. For those interested in technology news, again look for people who add context and analysis. Also, read and follow science publications. By making smart choices, you are declaring intellectual independence.

  2. Go analog: In this digital age, it makes sense for us to be analog. It allows us to control the pace of time and allows us to create an environment that helps bring sanity, quality andrelative ease on a daily basis. For example, go to museums, find places to have coffee or dine, where they know your name.

  3. Unscale your life: This is actually a very big idea, because as Tariq rightfully points out that scale is no longer the force of good. Amazon, Facebook andGoogle are three examples of scale gone wrong. AT&T, Comcast andothers are examples of scale-gone-wild. How to fight the scale-goonies? Well, how about favoring independents — stores, services andpeople. In other words, get off the platforms as much as you can. After quitting Facebook a while ago, I am looking to wean myself off Instagram and for 2019, I want to shop less on Amazon — Prime isn’t as much of a convenience as it seems to be.

Source: https://om.co/2019/01/02/why-we-need-to-slow-time-and-scale-down/

Braving the Wilderness + Community

I just finished reading Braving the Wilderness (see my basic notes) by Brené Brown.

It was a lovely read.  Whilst there was a lot to take in, I got completely sucked in and read it quickly.  Throughout it all I was thinking of how so much of what she talks about is or could be related to building stronger communities.

The book is all about belonging, and that is a core part of all communities too.  People who start or run communities need to understand the idea of belonging better.  Myself included!

I would like to explore this concept further…!

My 2019…

I enjoy not celebrating Christmas.  Not getting caught up in the hustle of it all allows me to have a bit of clear head space to think about the upcoming year.

I don’t do goals, but there are things I would like to keep plugging away at in 2019…

Run + exercise more

I ran close to 300 miles in 2018.  I mentioned previously that I’d like to hit 400 this year.  I’d love to add something else into the mix, but that may be a bit ambitious. I enjoy yoga, but haven’t be able to keep consistency with it. My husband and eldest are doing strength training in our garage, that may be another option I’d like to explore.

Read more books

I have such a huge pile of books that I’m desperate to read.  And it gets me down that I haven’t read nearly enough in the past few years.  The right kind of books (re)inspire me and end up getting me off my butt to tackle things on my list in a new way.

This year I’m committed to getting more away from social media and work, to read and invest in myself.  I’ve given so much to my work (MoT) and my family over the past few years that I’ve forgotten about myself and my needs.

I signed up to GoodReads last year, you can follow me there to see what I read.

Be more social in real life

There are people I keep meaning to hang out with, but never get around to.  Having young kids doesn’t help, but I feel like that’s a bit of an excuse at times too.  In 2019 I want to physically meetup with people.  I’m a reluctant traveller (because of kids) atm, so I will be keeping this local in 2019.  If you want to hang out near/in Brighton sometime, then let me know.

Create better boundaries around work

MoT has taken up so much of my headspace over the past few years.  Even when I’m not working, my head is in work.  It’s been a big struggle of mine.  I love MoT, but I need to switch off more.  It’s almost a case of rediscovering myself.

I’ve made good progress in the past year or so, but there is still much room for improvement.

Researching Unschooling

For years I’ve been itching to properly research and do something in the unschooling space.  I’ve started and stopped numerous times, trying to find clarity about what I actually want to do around it. I’ve found it frustrating for myself that I haven’t done more.

I’ll cut myself some slack though…I know I’ve been busy. 🙂

At this moment I feel happy with the habits I’ve been developing recently about writing and researching about unschooling at unschool.me.  In 2019 I feel this will continue.

Less Social Media, More Writing for Me

I have two websites (this one and unschool.me) that have my commitment to post content on these first, before any social media type places.

I’ve created a ‘timeline’ on each of these websites to post small updates in addition to longer blog items.

I’m also creating pages for taking notes on various things as they come up.  Sometimes this means things are not quite complete when published.  But that doesn’t bother me, ultimately these websites are for me, yet I hope they will be useful to others.  I feel it is a better solution to use websites (WordPress) as a way to write stuff down, than forever trying to find the right note taking tool that I know I’ll never fully commit to.

Generally, whilst I appreciate social media, I’m disillusioned that it has become such a dominant thing in my life.  I’m not closing any accounts down, more a case of being more conscious of where I spend my time.

I find researching, writing and reading is time better spent than on social media.  And I definitely feel more positive about and within myself when doing these things.

Simplify and Minimise

I’ve been a fan on minimalism for a while and as a family we’ve been working towards ‘minimalism’ for too long!  Having ‘new’ kids just doesn’t help the cause!  I’m not sure we’ll ever get there when our kids are young, but we keep trying.

I don’t think it is something that is ever ‘done’, but I hope that we can get to a state where I feel happy with it this year.  I think this year is about clearing out all the paperwork and old tech that we have.

I’ve been quite good at bagging things up to giveaway, but so bad at actually taking it somewhere to be given away to.  It means there are piles around the house of stuff for weeks/months on end :}

These People

I’m not much of a talker, but if I start a podcast I’ll be looking to use TransistorFM.

Why? Because it is built by honest people who care. People who try to build good things.  People who know that money is needed to make things happen, but it is not their primary motivation.

We need good people doing these good things.  People who explore. Who take risks. And who have this drive to be and do something special in their own little part of the universe.

You may think that these people are having a grand time building up these products and businesses that seem so fabulous on the outside.  But really, just like me, they are human. And often lonely, because business building is hard and it’s hard to find people to talk about it.

These people are imperfect in so many ways, but aren’t we all.

These people have show up, day in day out, most of the time.  When they don’t show up, they probably need a hug.

These people strive to make the best decision possible.  It is a punch in the gut if something in their business goes wrong.

These people put their best face on so that you have the best experience possible.

These people care and hopefully make good things too!

And wouldn’t the world be a better place if businesses were run by people that honestly care?

These people can change your world. Perhaps not THE world. But they can change yours.

There are people like Justin everywhere.  I am one of them too.  Infact, anyone with a dream of doing something different is one of them, whatever part of the story line you are on.

My biggest sadness is that these stories come out after we’ve been through a tough time.  It was brave of Justin to share his.  Kudos to him, as I haven’t been brave enough to share my struggles.


Running Goals

I’ve been running for about 5 years now.  Though I didn’t really run when I was pregnant with my last two.  I’m super proud of myself for making it a habit of mine.

In 2016 I ran just over 300 miles.

In 2017, I’m not sure exactly, but not that much due to being pregnant.

In 2018, I ran 289 miles.  Not far off 2016, which I guess is alright considering I had just had a baby and csection.  2018 was the year that I started running with the a double buggy (sometimes). It’s also the year (towards the end) that I started running using barefoot running shoes – that’s been interesting and good.  I don’t think I can go back to normal running shoes now.

I guess 2018 was also the year I got labelled to a reckless mother for running ‘near massive waves’.

I hope in 2019 to run 400 miles.  Fingers crossed.

I’m off for a run now!

Life before a career

A nice post on doing what is (ethically) right first rather than doing what is good for your ‘career’.

We’re pretty good, most of us, at operating decently in our personal lives – stopping at red lights, not stealing the neighbour’s chooks, beating up puppies (or anyone most of the time). In our personal lives we’re pretty conscious. But our working lives are different.

Our working selves look away, tolerate injustice, further the interests of the mega-ruthless and undermine both common good and common decency to a degree that would make us ashamed were it not for a single concept. Professionalism.

Source: https://www.theage.com.au/opinion/you-dont-have-a-career-you-have-a-life-20151021-gkej6v.html

Goodbye Evernote

I’ve tried on and off over the years to get into Evernote as a way to be organised and keep notes on all the things.  It’s never worked.  Whilst much of the functionality is useful, I’ve found the UI hard to work with.

So as part of my decluttering of online stuff, today I deleted the last of my notes (that I cared about).  I did try to delete my account, but I can’t actually figure out how.  And how funny it is that the help pages related to closing account can’t (currently) be found.

I transferred a small amount of the links and notes I had to a Trello board. TBH much of my life is now in Trello (and a few other things).

2018 was about decluttering, all the things.

End of the year is always great for reflection.  I’m finding a bit of time for myself to do some  tidying up of my things.

Of course, tidying up is never really done.  Not when you unschool 5 kids, have a business to run and a heart set on doing new things.

Piper is now 1, a total beam of joy in my life.  It’s always hard to adjust to having a new child around.  Our life is full of re-adaptions, constantly.  Having kids just seems to slap you in the face and give you no choice with so many things.

2018 for me was about clearing things down and sometimes out, emotionally, online, work wise, family and friendships wise with the hope of bringing clarity to myself and my life.  As a result, I feel much clearer within myself how to approach 2019.

It still doesn’t mean I know exactly what I plan to do.  Whilst I believe in having a pathway, or a vision.  Having specific plans just don’t work for me.

One thing I do know is that 2019 is about transition for me.  I’m excited (and hope) to finally being able to put some more serious focus with my unschooling efforts and would really like that to make good progressive steps in 2019.  It’s been on my ‘heart-list’ of things to do for over 5 years and it’s been hard for me mentally/emotionally not to find the time to spend on it.

With regards to this website.  I’ve always tried to keep it as my professional/career type website, a reflection of who I am with my work hat on.  Decluttering means this website is about all things personal to Rosie. My unschooling is personal. My family is personal. My ideas are personal. My work is personal.  And this is where I will be sharing all of it going forward.

I hope many of you will find what I publish useful, but to be frank, this website is more for me than anyone else.  It has started to and will become my second brain.  I’ll explain more on that later.