2017: What a year

2017: What a year

This has been an incredible year for me and I had no idea it would pan out this way 12 months ago. It feels like most of the fun things that have happened were a result of me reaching out to someone when I didn’t think they would say yes. Whether that’s friends to join me on adventures, asking random strangers on Instagram to meet up or approaching various different organisations to pitch new opportunities.

The moral of the 2017 story — don’t be afraid to ask.

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Don't set a NY resolution, create a test and iterate your 2017.

Don't set a NY resolution, create a test and iterate your 2017.

When we think about coming up with a traditional New Years resolution it’s because we want to make a change. The issue is we’re assuming we know what the solution should be to that particular problem. We often come up with a big grand plan to solve it, with no mechanism for looking at whether this new approach is actually working for us. We’ve either kept at it, or we’ve failed.

I challenge you to make 2017 your year of little failures and little learnings and have a go at iterating your way to something new.

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Discovering the river Cam by bicycle

Discovering the river Cam by bicycle

As it turns out, when you try to cycle the length of a river, you don’t actually get to see a whole lot of the river.

At it’s source it trickles along back streets and through the edges of vast fields far away from any cycle path or road. And as it reaches an urban area you might be lucky enough for a stretch or two of towpath as the river’s historic use for transport enables far better navigation by bicycle.

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Forget your “calling”, run a side project

Forget your “calling”, run a side project

Lots of people tell you to quite your job and follow your dreams, to find your calling or do work you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

But wow, that’s a lot of pressure. What if you choose the wrong thing? What if you have no idea what your “calling” is? What if you don’t know, out of all the things you love doing, which you should pick to start a business with?

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A Triathlon of Sorts

A Triathlon of Sorts

The plan is to traverse the Cam from it’s source in Ashwell along it’s 70 mile route to where it meets the North Norfolk sea at Kings Lynn. But just doing it once would be too easy, so, of course, I’m doing it 3 times; once by bicycle, once by foot and once by stand up paddle board (SUP) (here is where the ‘of sorts’ comes in, I don’t fancy swimming it!). This trio of methods makes it 210 miles in all. By far the furthest distance I’ll have traveled thus far on an adventure.

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