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Career change - what's the risk of things staying as they are?
The newsletter that starts with a question
Change is often associated with risk - but what if we look at it from a different viewpoint. This is my question to you:
What's the risk of things staying as they are?
I bet that your answer will hit you like a strong gust of wind on a mountain top - because you know deep down which parts of you are being hidden away or getting forgotten about. Sometimes it can seem like the safe option to stick with things as they are in the short-term, but if you’re unhappy and drained of energy, what’s the long-term risk of that?
Change can seem too big, out of reach, or risky, but it doesn’t have to be a giant leap. Gentle steps of exploration about who you are and where you want to spend your time can lead towards small changes, fresh approaches, and new friendships. Join me for a different question with every issue of my newsletter.
“I needed a shift so I forced that to happen”
In this episode of About The Adventure Podcast I asked leather craftsman Jon Hyde about what lifestyle his work facilitates, and why he thinks it can feel so hard to step out of societal norms and pressures. He shares some of the challenges that he's faced in life, including grief, and why he is drawn towards spending time in nature.
I think that this interview will be of particular interest to people thinking about taking up a new craft, starting a small business, or moving to a new place closer to the hills. At the end, Jon asks you a question to take away with you to have a think about. This will be especially useful for anyone thinking about starting or developing a business involving craft.
You can read more about the episode on my blog post or get stuck in to listening right away! I hope that you’re enjoying the show.
About The Adventure Community
I know that thinking about making changes in your career can feel very lonely and sometimes a bit empty. Ever since I started coaching, I have worked towards creating a sense of community through inviting people to share in safe spaces and to get involved in events to meet other people who are asking the same questions about their career and lifestyle.
My objective is to help people explore and discover a career path that feels meaningful, strengthens confidence, and offers freedom for creativity and adventure. I have recently updated my patreon offers, so that if you’d like to participate in my workshops and private Facebook group, then you can do that by joining my community. It costs £5/month to join and you can opt out at any time.
The first online workshop will be on Wednesday 23rd February - Creative ways to cope with rejection in your career & build confidence. There are more details available on my Eventbrite listing. If you have any questions about it, or if you’d prefer a 1-1 session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What can we do in the absence of positive leadership?
Whether it’s in the government, workplace or in education, I think that the absence of positive and trusted leadership can make people feel lost and disassociated. I have experienced these feelings and I know that it can seem hopeless, but I have discovered that by connecting with other types of leaders and considering how I lead my own life, I can find a sense of connection, direction and inspiration.
In this blog post I share some of my thoughts on what makes a great leader, and some suggestions for how you might find those types of people who can help to facilitate meaningful change and to rediscover hope in your life.
Featured coaching session
One of my favourite routes to walk during a coaching session is straight up on to Kinder Scout via Grindslow Knoll or The Nab, following the path along the edge to loop back into the village of Edale. It varies so much throughout the seasons, and there’s great places to stop for a flask of tea and a snack along the way.
In this photo you can see Grindslow Knoll to the left, which is a beautiful route to take up onto Kinder Scout Plateau. I took it last week, just before I stopped to enjoy the view while eating lunch. I’ve been living in this area for almost four years and it still takes my breath away!
I think that walking in this landscape complements the experience of coaching, because it reflects the emotions and thoughts that we speak about during a session. There may be challenges along the way, but working through and beyond them can lead to new opportunities, develop confidence in decision-making, and bring a sense of release and freedom.
I offer a variety of outdoor sessions, from short walks in the valley to bog-hopping on the tops. If you have any questions about the experience, please get in touch.
What’s happening at About The Adventure HQ?
I’m working towards releasing the next episode of my other podcast - Wild About Kinder. I’m very excited about announcing this guest - while you wait you can catch up on Episode Two! Discover the peat bogs and erosion gullies characteristic of Kinder Scout through the words of Jody Vallance, Comms Officer at Moors For The Future Partnership.
My Hill & Moorland Leader assessment is booked for next month, so I’ll be out practicing with my map and compass in the Peak District and possibly further afield over the next few weeks.
I’m planning a sensory walk, to encourage people to touch the mosses, rocks, and flowing water that we see. Through my experience, I think that this can help to slow down and notice nature, and to connect more deeply with it. I have a route in mind, I just want to do a couple more recces and wait for the storms to pass.
Well, that’s plenty from me! I’d love to hear from you. What are you working towards and how is it going? Thank you so much for dropping by.