I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

The Week in Lnks

It’s been a buy and stress­ful week since the last edi­tion of The Week in Links, but that’s why we call it work. It’s not always fluffy clouds and bright sun­shine, even for those of us for­tu­nate enough to be doing what we love for a living.
Despite all that, I have enjoyed quite a bit of read­ing this week. Once again I’ve high­light­ed a cou­ple of arti­cles which I real­ly con­nect­ed with. One from Shawn Blanc about work and one about work­ing for your­self… prob­a­bly not a coin­ci­dence after read­ing that first paragraph.
So sit back and enjoy this weeks edi­tion along­side your Sun­day coffee.

  • Con­cern­ing the Ebb and Flow of “Work” by Shawn Blanc — This is someti­h­ng I’m learn­ing about myself at the moment. Even before I was self-eployed my ten­den­cy was to do things all the time, I used to give my hol­i­days to go and do a bible hol­i­day club for two weeks every sum­mer. It was dif­fer­ent but incred­i­bly tir­ing and it caught up with me. Now I’m self-employed forc­ing myself to rest is hard, in fact it hit me last week­end. I need to be away from home to rest and shut out my work, oth­er­wise I and my work suffer.
  • Mas­ter work­ing for your­self with­out crush­ing your soul — Dis­patch­es from Paul Jarvis — Real­ly inter­est­ing insights and thoughts on the areas on which to focus if you’re a free­lancer. Focus upon what you want to do, talk about it lots and don’t be afraid of say­ing no. That final bit can be the hard­est of all.

The Best of the Rest

Give a Damn ›

As I read Give a Damn by Bruce Lay­man I found myself nod­ding a long in agree­ment. Per­haps it’s just the way I’ve been think­ing of late, or per­haps it’s because of the new focus I seem to be find­ing for my busi­ness, but some­thing about it res­onat­ed with me. Rest­ing well is impor­tant, I know only too well as I recov­er from the effects of doing too much in the last half of last year, but there’s a dif­fer­ence between rest and lazi­ness. Doing some­thing can, and should, be a part of that rest.