I am going to tell you a little story.
It all started when I gave my first talk in Bali in early january this year, in Hubud, one of the most famous and unanimously ranked one of the best coworking space in the world (sources : Forbes, CNN,...).
It has a specific place in my heart since it is where I have found the community, support, motivation and inspiration to start putting together Exploring Happy back in in november 2015.
During this talk, I was sharing my work and vision on how to shift your perspective on fulfillment, empowerment, productivity and balance at work by learning to manage your energy, not your time, explaining to the audience how self-awareness and energy management were the keys to design a work life and a life that really suit your natural abilities and your nature.
Pechakucha is a specific format of talk : 20 slides, exactly 20 seconds per slide. 6 minutes 40 seconds to spread your message.
It has been a very interesting challenge, especially when you like to tell stories as much as I do... Here you have to cut all the stories and go straight to the point...
This edition was a women only, and I chose to share my experience and teachings as a woman in a male-dominated extreme sport aka streetluge. These teachings have influenced my life way beyond this niche sport.
Working with companies and organisations is the full expression of my work, especially with start-ups.
All the ingredients are (already or potentially) here to create an empowering dynamic
It is all about finding the right receipe to go from theory to practical applications
A bit more than a week ago, the first Freedom Summit was taking place, online.
A conference designed by and for location independent workers and digital nomads, or aspiring ones. I was honoured to be on of the speakers, on the same line than the founders of Couchsurfing, The Nomad Capitalist, The DNX conference, Hubud coworking space, Coworkation, Coboat, Nomad Convoy, Mobile jazz, ...
There are dozens of popular best sellers books on this topic, which have given birth to hundreds (or even thousands?) of bullet-point like articles on internet… For sure, these books contain some golden nuggets of insights and advices. However, articles trying to summarize the main take-aways are most of the time full of shortcuts or incomplete assessments, ...
Don’t get me wrong : I believe in morning routines and habit stacking for key moments of your work days to gain clarity and efficiency. There are very powerful technics, tips and tools to increase focus and productivity…. But… at the same time… All of these injunctions make me want to run away. Why? Because most of these articles are missing the main factor when it comes to efficiency : how knowing yourself, your nature, your rhythm, taking these informations into account in your work organisation and positioning are the real game changer.
It hit me yesterday evening, while attending a yin yoga workshop at Barcelona’s Jivamukti center. I had noticed it before of course, but yesterday was a special moment.
When I left Ubud, three weeks ago, I wrote an article on my personal facebook page. A tribute to this amazing human, personal, professional, spiritual and sensitive experience and community.
I have received a lot of lovely feedbacks, and word of mouth has led me to be contacted by Hanna, a very nice lady who was then about to launch a brand new and very well sorted online magazine, called Nowlicious magazine.
I am currently in transition. And it is very interesting
I have arrived in France 8 days ago, after living 6 highly fulfilling months in Ubud, Bali.
Yet, it does not feel like I am "back". Of course, it is my homeland, and I see my family, my friends, places that I used to call home. I am really happy about it.
But there is one big difference this time : I don’t have a place I claim home, to "come back" to, and I don’t have the intention to settle somewhere for now.
Sustainability… A very trendy word painted everywhere in green shiny letters... So used and abused that most people have lost sight of its meaning.
However, when understood and applied properly, it is one of the most powerful rules of living, both when it comes to a long-term environmental vision of course, but also when it comes to ourselves.
It is a notion that really embodies the core of my work with Exploring Happy.
One month ago, I have had the honor to be interviewed by my friend and inspiring podcast host, Nik Wood, founder of Life Athletics Apart from his podcasting activity, Nik is a skilled coach that trains people to "level up" in their life through an efficient goal setting process.
He was intrigued by a part of my life that is not really visible in Bali: gravity sports. As you may or may not know, I practice an extreme sport called streetluge (and its rock and roll twin, called buttboard). It is part of my DNA. I got hooked by these 2 sports as well as longboarding in 2003, and it has been central in my life ever since. I can clearly state that it has been one of the foundations of who I have become today.
Nik was curious to know what streetluge riding and racing with men in open category brought me, and the lessons I have learned from it.
It is 9:15 am, I am sitting at Taksu, a little gem in Ubud, Bali, enjoying my breakfast. The buffet here is amazing, various, healthy, yummy. Perfect.
My point here is not to advertise Taksu, or to explain how breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your metabolism. Even if it is part of the story I want to tell here. What I rather want to emphasize, is how initiating the habit of having healthy breakfast has changed my life, by bringing structure, dynamic and positive intentions for my day. It is a pure act of self-respect, first thing in the morning.
Shifting my habits on breakfast has been a major contribution to my life change in general. Far more than on a health 101 point of view.
Time has come to share with you my outcomes about my december’s experiment : unleashing my creativity regarding my future work through a no-goals approach. Just intentions and themes. Learn to listen to my intuition and to follow the flow.
I joined Tribewanted Bali for 2 reasons : accountability (I already talked widely about that in my previous blogposts), and sharing energy and ideas with like-minded people. Here is what i have experienced and observed so far.
One thing I strongly believe in : weekly and daily defined goals are very useful when you have something specific to work on, or a business to run. It has been quite useful for my accommodation seek and my blog building in november. But considering where i am at regarding my future work design, i have realized it was freezing me. So I have decided to test another approach for the following weeks.
These past two weeks, there’s been a topic I have been desperately trying to assess in a new blogpost : expectations and frustration. Something i had already talked about in my previous writings, but i thought it deserved a dedicated blogpost. Because they are part of everybody’s life, and they go together, as a pair. I actually had started writing on this even before i flew to Bali.
I wrote a lot, and lost myself in complex and loooong analysis, but i could not figured out how to express it properly, and what was exactly the outcome of all these thoughts.
I clearly had expectations about this topic, because it is an important one for me.
And guess what? it created frustration, because i really wanted to find a way to talk about it…
The days i am living at the moment are really special : I am changing everything in my life. Even more than during my previous move a year ago. The location, the culture, the people surrounding me, the return in a work dynamic after a year of being unproductive, at least business-wise. The year has been very productive from a personal development point of view though.
Monday the 9th of november 2015 has been my first day at Tribewanted Bali / Hubud
On sunday evening, while getting ready to go to bed, i was feeling weird, but positively weird : like a kid experiencing mixed feelings of both going back to school and christmas eve… Nervous, excited, happy, full of questions and conscious and unconscious expectations.
I struggled big time to fall asleep. Like a kid. And I enjoyed the feeling.
My name is Helene, I am french. I am on my way to escape Corporate world after spending 11 years immersed in it. Here is a story about how in the process of a burnout and a year off, I reconnected with myself, ended up at an inspiring career change festival, called escape to the woods, that has been a wonderful accelerator in my life change process and brought me to Bali. I hope you’ll enjoy it.