It’s 6am and I’ve just fed our two month old daughter, gone up, made myself a cup of coffee and opened my computer. It’s still dark outside and everything is peaceful.
Just over three weeks ago our daughter was born and after 16 years of work I’m finding myself on maternity leave.
The other day I stood in the self-check out queue in Tesco watching the woman in front of me struggle to pay for her 6 pack of Pepsi.
I fell into running workshops after visiting General Assembly (GA) in NYC to look at their co-working space. A chat led to a dinner in London as GA was about to open here and shortly thereafter I taught my first class with them. Fast forward five years and I’ve taught around 50 classes with them,
Towards the end of 2015 I’d just been contacted by O’Reilly about creating some content related to storytelling in design. A workshop or book was mentioned and I immediately jumped at the workshop idea.
There is a saying that goes something along the lines of that you have to take care of yourself first in order to take care of others. This year I have but one thing on my “resolutions list” and that is to look after myself.
Yesterday I received a newsletter from a conference where the subject was how they don’t pay their speakers, or get paid by them. Some of you will have received it too.
When Steve Krug wrote his book ‘Don’t make me think’ his intent was to help people to learn to think like a usability expert. Over the last few years as I’ve helped other startups with the UX for their websites and apps, I’ve seen a great gap and I wanted to do something about it.
I remember the exact time I stopped feeling “get me out of here” and started feeling “please can I stay” when it came to public speaking. It was during my talk at Dublin Web Summit (as it was called then) back in 2013 and for the first time, I found myself not wanting to leave
We need to act like we’re Mark Watney in the Martian. We can’t assume we will get a shipment of new potatoes - First Round, The Watney Rule for Startups
Just over a month ago I gave a workshop at UX London which kicked off a series of events and one heck of a month. Since the 20th of May I’ve re-thought what I want to do with my life, let my team go, lost a loved one and then of course, there is Brexit.
I went to bed last night as the markets were optimistic and fell asleep thinking it would all be ok. When I woke up shortly after 4.40am (funny that) and checked BBC news, I shot out of bed terrified. It couldn’t be. But it is.
Planes were built to live in the sky from Everybody dies, but not everybody lives
Today I woke up with a new found energy and excitement that I can’t remember having had in a very long time.
There was a time when I tried to fit everything in. When ‘yes’ was my default answer to everything. A lot of it was because I wanted to. Some of it because I felt I should, and some yet again because “You never know…”. I believe the kids call it FOMO.
I can’t remember where I read this. I know it was a triathlete or similar talking about working through the pain and the tiredness, but it’s nice thing to remember for various aspects in life.
‘Jävlar anamma” is a Swedish expression which I don’t really know how to translate other than that it contains a swear word and the spirit of “Let’s do this”.
When I said “See you soon” to friends and family and moved from Copenhagen to London, I suspected I’d be gone for 2 years. Today it’s been 10. Ten years.
Today we went to see Creed in the cinema and there was one particular scene that stuck with me. The following doesn’t contain any spoilers but stop reading now if you don’t want to know anything about what happens.
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