The Now Page is a concept Derek Sivers introduced on his website. I love it. The idea is to create a dynamic page where you share what you’d tell a friend you haven’t seen in a year about what you’re up to at the moment.
Current Situation and Routines
I’m currently living in Warwick, England, at my parents’ house. I’ve been bunking here since my marriage unexpectedly broke down towards the end of 2018. It’s been a very helpful stop gap while I’ve been getting back on my feet and work out what I am going to do next.
I work at a funeral home four days a week, which has been funding my training as a life and small business coach. I will complete the first of two diplomas this summer.
My day starts at 5.30am, when I wake up, drink coffee, and write.
Once or twice a week I go out running. Usually around the industrial estates of south Leamington Spa, and along the canal (I’m a big fan of industrial landscapes).
Once a week I lead an online co-being space in The Haven, where we spent 90 minutes ‘alone together’. I started it in March when we went into lockdown, and it’s become the most peaceful, calming part of my week. I’m really pleased with what The Haven has become. It feels like my virtual home.
I love doing one-on-one coaching. I never thought it would be something I’d enjoy so much, but it’s been so rewarding to get alongside people and see them grow, change, and flourish. It’s going to be brilliant to get that part of my business fully established.
At the start of the year I changed the Gentle Rebel Podcast from weekly to monthly. That was a game changer. It created space for me to grow other things that I’ve been wanting to focus on. It also allowed me to build the Extended Play private podcast feed on Patreon, and to use that as a way to develop ideas and keep a talking journal, which is fun to listen back to occasionally.
When lockdown began, I started another podcast with my friend, Steve, about the BBC TV program, Inside No. 9. It’s the first time I’ve done a show with a co-host, and I love it. My favourite quote so far was on iTunes, where a listener wrote:
“I needed this podcast to exist! There’s so much to pull apart from every episode of Inside no. 9 and the discussion is so natural and funny. Feels like you’re a fly on the wall with two pals just having a chat about an amazing tv series. Can’t wait for more episodes!”
I’ve been doing a few livestream gigs on Facebook and YouTube during the lockdown. It’s been fun and I’ve felt my confidence grow with every experience.
At the start of 2020, I was gigging a bit with my new band, Earlybird. The momentum has been halted somewhat with the pandemic. But we hope to get back into the studio again soon so produce our third single.
I have two projects that I’m working on for short eBooks. I was also approached by an acquisitions editor for a publisher, asking about book proposals. It got me thinking, and so I’ve parked this idea in a prominent place on my mental shelf – letting it bubble and boil to see if anything jumps out at me.
Everything is still quite uncertain in the world right now. I am working towards a chapter shift in February 2021, when I hope to move onto whatever is next for me in my living situation. Before the pandemic was desire was to do some travelling, and run my business on the road. This might still be possible, but I’m keeping my options and expectations open. Until then I will be working hard, building my business, and saving money.