What I am Doing Now

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.

Last Updated: Thursday 28th January 2021, 15.05 GMT

Current Situation and Routines

I’m currently living in Warwick, England.

I left my job in funeral care on New Year’s Eve at the end of 2020, to pursue life as a professional creative and small business coach. I now help the gentle rebels of the world to use their natural wholehearted care, creativity, and compassion, as foundations to shift towards an energising and sustainable future.

My day starts at 5.30am, when I wake up, drink coffee, and write.

Three or four times 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).

Business

I run The Haven, a community for gentle rebels. Since the pandemic started we have more community events, which has been a great addition to the membership. Gives us somewhere to connect with like-spirited souls, and feel connected…alone together.

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.

Podcast(s)

At the start of 2020 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.

At the start of 2021, I am considering moving it back to two or three episodes per month. You never know, I might even do it weekly again. Amazing what not having a full time job means for these things.

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!”

Nice! 😀

Music

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.

Writing

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.

Next…

The plan was always to travel and do the “digital nomad” thing. But because everything is still quite uncertain in the world right now, I’m not sure how the future will look. For now, I’m hunkering down and building my business, saving some money, and connecting with gentle rebels.