I’m super busy with work at the moment, so today’s adventure was just a “quickie” : taking the next step towards publishing my poetry collection. Today, I created an account with CreateSpace, the self-publishing arm of Amazon – my book even has its own Title ID!
Whilst this adventure might appear very small on the outside, it feels very big on the inside. In spite of some of the formatting challenges that are probably ahead of me, I’m feeling really excited!
I only have 5 more poems to write, and then I’m ready to pull everything together 🙂 .
Gosh, what an adventure today has been! It’s been one of those adventures where I really wasn’t sure whether I’d manage it, but I did (and it feels GREAT!).
Today I had to think my way around a WordPress short-coming : as far as I can tell, you can’t add a sign-up box for a mailing list on a WordPress.com site. A bit of lateral thinking brought up the following solution : create an image that people can click on, and then link the image to a list management service (like Mailchimp). So, you should be able to click on the image and it take you through the sign-up process …. which it does! *Jumps-in-the-air-whilst-clapping-her-hands-and-exclaiming-a-thoroughly-British-accented-HURRAH*
My second adventure was to play with the Mailchimp process until I’d worked out how to auto-send my free training programme to those people who sign up to my mailing list. It did take quite a bit of heavy-duty playing, but I got there in the end! *Not-even-a-whiff-of-a-meltdown-from-the-former-techy-Meltdown-Queen*
Oh, and the third (I am so excited that I nearly forgot the third adventure 😛 ) was to put together the product itself! Thanks to my webinar adventures earlier in the summer, I was able to put together a 3-part training programme ; it feels fabulous to be sharing it in this accessible format .My daily adventuring has brought me so many benefits that I really wanted to spread the word about Everyday Adventuring ~ and now I’m doing it! *Smiles-from-ear-to-ear*
So, here’s me bubbling with excitement on today’s video (and do feel free to click on the image to get access to the free 3-part training ).
Today I received my first reply from a literary agent about my children’s story, The Faerie Thorn. It was a standard email – and it wasn’t a “yes”.
In today’s video, I explore my reaction to the email : it’s probably worth watching if you think fear of failure may be holding you back (or if you’re worried about what others may think if you don’t succeed).
The “take-away” from today’s adventure is : “failure” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be 😛 (and if you’ve got things that you really want to do, go right ahead and do them!) .. oh … and whatever you do… hold your nerve!
It’s the final day of my letter-writing adventure and today I’m writing a letter of thanks to everyone who has offered support to me whilst I’ve been adventuring! And here it is ….. (it’s for you).
A Letter Of Thanks To Everyone Who Has Offered Support To Me And To My Adventure Project.
When you’re out on the road adventuring , it’s really good to know that you’ll bump into other people as you go (solo adventuring can get a bit lonely at times). If I’ve bumped into you in the last 7 months, this letter is for you because you’ve really made a difference : you’ve offered me the experience of connection, you’ve offered me support, and you’ve shared your time and spirit with me in generous ways.
If I’m honest, I don’t think my adventures would really have been the same without you. So, I just want to let you know that your support has been really appreciated.
If you read my blog : thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to pop by and leave comments . (I know you’re busy, and the fact that you read my words, and watch my video-blogs, means a great deal to me. Yup. You even reading these very words right now is a big deal.)
If you keep up with my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Google+ : thank you! I appreciate the connection and all the retweets, likes, comments and shares . (You are a fabulous encourager).
If you’ve been inspired to have an adventure or two yourself : thank you! It’s good to know that there are other people out there doing their own thing : that makes me smile. (You’ve been in my thoughts).
If you’ve watched my webinars or TV show : thank you! It was good to know that you were watching and it was fun to share the experience with you. (You’ve given me some ideas too : you’re generous in ways that you may not even realise).
If you helped me out by being a guest on my TV show or by being interviewed : thank you! It’s been lovely to discover new friendships and renew old ones. (You really are brilliant.)
If I’ve written a letter of thanks to you over the last 5 days : thank you! You inspired an adventure. (Wow. Wherever you are in the world : your message got to me. I mean, it really got to me.)
If you are one of my friends, and you continue to listen to me go on (and on) about how brilliant adventuring is : thank you! (No. Really. Because there are another 5 months to go. At least.)
With heartfelt thanks,
Jane (I am just going outside and may be some time, but I do hope to bump into you again). 🙂
Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! (That’s me getting excited!) For today’s adventure, I learned how to screen-share slides for my webinar tomorrow night. I did record the adventure LIVE on Hangouts On Air …. but I can’t share it here because it would spoil the fun tomorrow!
What I can share with you though is this : my adventuring is teaching me to appreciate, and really enjoy, the smallest things. Even learning how to share a slide made me giggle with glee. And I also realised how relaxed I’ve become with technology and with mistakes .. and that makes life a whole lot easier, I can tell you!
If you’d like to join me for my inaugural webinar adventure, there’s still time to register. You can register here and it’s completely free! Replays are available for all registrants 🙂 .
Gosh ~ it’s already the end of the month which means that this post is going to be a bumper edition! In this post, you’ll find a video entry for today’s adventure, my monthly adventure summary report and two guest adventurer videos too!
Today’s Adventure ~ Today I’m attending a astro- tarot webinar. I’ve never been to an astro tarot webinar before and I wasn’t really sure what it might involve. I read a little bit about tarot cards on Wikipedia, so I was expecting some divination to be going on. The description for the webinar mentioned an “energy forecast” and that piqued my curiosity enough for me to give it a whirl. Here’s how I got on ~
May’s Adventure Summary ~
May’s Guest Adventurers ~ This month I’d like to introduce you to Karen Hamill and Flemming Funch. See how Karen gets on with her first ever 5k run and go on a forest adventure with Flemming!
Yesterday’s tree identification adventure was actually quite challenging ~ I felt like a bit of a sleuth and got great satisfaction from unravelling the mystery of the leaf 🙂 . This morning on my walk with my dog, my attention was grabbed by all the trees I hadn’t really noticed before. It was as if they were shouting “Hey you! Why don’t you identify me?”
As I’m still waiting for some final pieces of feedback about my book, I’ve decided to follow the call of the trees and undertake a second tree identification mission. You can see how I got on in today’s video. (Images of the trees I identified can be found below the video.
As my TV adventure is starting on Wednesday, I thought I’d have another go at making a trailer but with a new twist! This time I am trying my hand at making a video with a voice over.
This adventure involved a fair bit of intensive fiddling and experimenting with Windows Movie-Maker . I know all this modern tech is supposed to be “intuitive” : the only conclusion I draw is that, at some stage, my intuition must have been removed! In the absence of the obvious, I resorted to my normal “push-any-random-button-and-see-what-happens” approach.
This is what I came up with after 10 minutes of playing 🙂 .
Today is a special adventure : it’s my birthday and I’m having a wee treat!
After tasting champagne for the very first time, Dom Pérignon is supposed to have exclaimed “Come quickly, I am tasting stars!” Whilst I have drunk champagne before, I am pretty certain that I have never been present enough to the experience to appreciate this exotic liquid’s stellar qualities. I learned from my chocolate-tasting, wine-tasting, whisky-tasting and coffee-tasting adventures that I really hadn’t tasted these substances properly before : I was tasting from a ghost of a memory rather than really smelling and really tasting what was actually in my hands.
So today, my adventure is going to be tasting champagne properly for the very first time! I did a bit of internet research about the champagne I am going to taste and found a fabulous site called The Champagne Toff. On this site, it offers notes about what a particular champagne looks like, smells like and tastes like. I’m going to be tasting the Lanson Black Label Non-Vintage champagne (supposedly a racy number with a lingering taste 🙂 ) to see if my experience matches the Champagne Toff’s notes. Will I be tasting stars?
For today’s adventure, I’ve been busy setting up the schedule for my very first TV series! You can view the schedule , along with details of each of the 9 episodes here.
As someone who has worked in the field of personal development for a very long time, I know that we often seek inspiration, information and advice from so-called gurus (many of whom we have never met and with whom we have no personal connection). I’m beginning to realise that there is a rich source of advice and inspiration much closer to home : my circle of friends!
Over the course of 9 short programmes (each show will last 15-30 minutes), I’ll be introducing you to my friends. They’re a diverse, talented and inspiring bunch and I’m sure I’ll learn new things about them just by interviewing them in this way. Even setting up the interviews, and writing the short programme thumbnails, has brought new life and depth to my connection with each one of them. I hope you’ll enjoy the sharing of friendship, information, inspiration and advice (and I wonder if it may even encourage you to acknowledge , and celebrate, the significance of your own friendships 🙂 ).
The show will run from Wednesday 16th – Friday 25th of April and now I’m feeling a little more organised, the excitement and sense of adventure is beginning to grow! I have the feeling of walking over the edge and I like it! 🙂
As I waited for today’s video to upload, I realised something that made me smile. Even thinking about adventure, dreaming about adventure and planning adventure feels like the real deal.