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I'm in a race against time. You see very soon the Kickstarter – The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit which was launched 30 days ago by my good friend AJ Leon will come to an astoundingly successful close.
I want this post ready for just after the Kickstarter finishes – simply because I want to let AJ and his lovely wife Melissa know how thankful I am to call them my friends. Beyond that, I want them to know that the world is a million+ times better because of who they are and what they contribute to it.
There are so many more things that I want to you to know about AJ and Melissa, but truly I just don't have enough time to fit it all in right now. For now, I will share these important things:
- They care about people. Truly care.
- They really go out of their way to make good things happen in this world.
- They practise generosity in ways that we can all learn from.
- The are totally down to earth and real people. They are misfits – in the best of all possible ways.
I beyond thrilled that they will be joining me on March 22, 2013 at approximately 4:00 pm Central in a G+ Hangout On Air to talk about the magic of SOBCon. Of course, you can be sure I will bring up the success they have had with the Kickstarter campaign.
Wow! The Kickstarter just closed and here's where it ended:
Congratulations AJ & Melissa and to the whole team at Misfit Inc!
447 misfits got behind you on this.
I am beyond honoured to be one of them.
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Bio for Speaking & Training Engagements
Jane Boyd is known within the social space as @boydjane. Jane is a skilled online community builder, connector and local/global collaborator. Through her company, 45 Conversations Media & Education; she offers conversation, collaboration, marketing and educational services. Jane successfully bridges the worlds of business, education and event planning with new media in a variety of innovative ways. She does this with the support of a team of advisors who are based in Canada, Ireland, Denmark and the United States.
Jane is a skilled online conversationalist, a podcaster and a significant curator of content related to marketing, awareness building, education and causes that she believes in. Partnering with event and initiative planners, she designs and implements campaigns that build awareness and incorporate social marketing activities to drive registration and interaction levels. She is exceptionally passionate about the ways new media can be used for storytelling, collaboration building and practising generosity.
With more than 25 years experience consulting on work-life issues, early childhood education and education; Jane is highly respected for her expertise and work with Canadian businesses, municipal, provincial and national governments and with the NGO sector. She consults on many of the leading corporate work-life and early learning solutions in Canada. Committed to advancing professional development opportunities for educators of young children, she is coordinating the development of global approaches to delivering online educational experiences for the field of early learning and care.
Jane considers herself to be a forever entrepreneur. She will happily tell you that she is a misfit and a non conformist. She is an exceptionally unique thinker. She builds her life and her business by directly leveraging from these traits. Every day Jane advocates for people who colour outside the lines for all of the right reasons and for children (and adults) who don’t fit within the cookie cutter systems that society has created. At the end of the day, Jane is a dreamer and a risk taker. She lives, laughs and earns with generosity as well as intention. She does all of this while raising three exceptional individuals, who are actively learning the art of unconventional thinking.
Time. It’s a fleeting thing really. Something that there just never seems to be enough of. You can’t replace it once it’s passed by.
At the beginning of a new year, we often make resolutions or want to try new things. Sometimes, though, we decide that we just can’t because we don’t have enough time. Here’s the thing – very often we don’t need a lot of time. We just need to commit a moment here or there to begin practicing a new habit.
So the question is:
Can you find a few moments each day to practice a new habit?
This is something that I’m thinking about as we roll into 2013. I’m thinking about it for a bunch of reasons – work, family, life and for me. Yes for me. I would like to go through the year feeling that I’m less stretched, more thoughtful and increasingly more centred within myself. I know that creating new habits is a good way to support all of this.
It works like this:
Pick one thing to do consistently every day for a month. It can be something new you want to try, something you want to get better at or something you want to see if you can live without. Commit to doing this thing every day for that month no matter what, even when you don’t want to, even when it hurts, even when it sucks. The practice is the reward. Once the month is up, you’ll start your next thing. You may or may not want to continue the previous month’s practice longer if it’s working for you, however, you still need to introduce something new for the new month.
I found that I was fairly successful for much of the time and found that it impacted my approach to a lot of things. I practiced writing, generosity, less procrastination and a number of other things. So…when 2012 was ending I took note on Twitter that a few of the original folks who were part of#12er were still around and wanting to continue for 2013.
So there you have it. The habit I’m going to practice in January is to eat breakfast daily and to also spend some time being quiet each morning. I have decided that I’m going to this with the help of the 21 Day Meditation Challenge (not an affiliate link) as I think that it will make it easier for me to focus my mind on finding quiet with a little guidance. I’m also trying not to jump onto social media before I do these two things. Not always easy, but important I think.
As you can see from above, there are various kinds of habits to practice. You can eat fruit daily, you can schedule and plan or you can choose to jump off social media for 30 days. All great choices. Really, you can do anything you want. The point is to choose something that you want to practice, make a few moments for it and begin. Last year @Omaniblog shared a lot of ideas on Audioboo about the habits he was practising. For January of 2013 he has announced that he is going to read a poem a day in support of our friend AJ Leon.
Periodically I will provide updates here on the blog about the ways that practising habits are impacting my work and my life in 2013. I will also try and share some experiences from the broader #12er community as I think you might find that to be interesting too.
If you have a habit that you would like to practice for 2013 please join us. You can connect with the community on Twitter with the hashtag #12er