Recently I’ve been trying to find opportunities to Help Someone Else. I guess I already tried to help people when I thought I could, but it’s different when you’re actively looking. It’s not aiding my finances, but it is inspiring and stimulating. For some reason, when you help someone else with their ideas or their goals or their questions, your own imagination activates and creates.
I’m working with Kate Storey on a project, and today I met with Kim Westwood to hear about her new project, and tonight I offered to help three people at the “How to Find a Job You Love” class, and tomorrow I’m coworking with Judith Gammie, and hopefully there might be something I can help her with too.
If anyone reading this knows someone who needs help, holler. Even if I can’t help, I might know someone else who can.
In other news:
I’ve been to a couple of School of Life classes this month: How to Be More Confident and How to Find a Job You Love. I’ll write up notes on those later. The job one was great, and I think most people in the class came away feeling inspired, with new ideas and clear next steps. I found, though, that I’ve been following most of the recommendations in the class since I went rogue last year. Most. There’s one new piece of advice I’ve put in my planner, so I’ll see it every day: “Action not reflection.” I’ve been thinking so much about skills, aptitudes, likes, dislikes, jobs, roles, futures, possibilities… but I agree with the advice; I need to reduce thinking and increase doing. I need to try different kinds of work on for size. (Which complements this: Writing gets us writing. Not thinking about writing.)
I applied for some part-time jobs over the weekend, so that I might have a more stable income while I do my fun freelance work. It seems like most available UX roles are either full-time or on long contracts, which I’m not particularly interested in, so I’ll try to find something regular and part-time (which might not be UX) while still being free for popup jobs. Yeah!