What I’m doing now

13 March 2020

It’s 11 days until my birthday, which means that I’m in a bit of a contemplative mood. I always struggle at this time of the year, trying to work out whether I have achieved anything in my previous year, and it always feels like I’ve achieved too little. This is also a time of reflection and review: are my goals still relevant? Do I still need my 5 million websites? Which of my friends am I neglecting? We’re also in the middle of the Coronavirus panic here in Innsbruck. University classes are taking place remotely, I’m working exclusively from home for a while (hooray!), schools are shutting down next week, and it all feels a bit like we’re living in an apocalyptic novel!

Here’s what I am doing at the moment:

  • Still trying to work out how to find time to write and podcast more often.
  • Creating a new storytelling show about Irish fairies for my alter-ego, Ziyadliwa
  • Tying to catch up on my masters studying.
  • Creating a communications “PhD” for myself: I have so much material that I’ve not had time to read so it’s time for a plan to get this all done. This equates to around 50 books to read…
  • Revising my Non-verbal Communication course. I have run it a few times now and I have some ideas to make it even better.
  • Sewing a circle skirt. Well, first I have to create the pattern!

Reading:

  • Don’t Believe a Word by David Shariatmadari
  • Talk to Strangers by David Topus
  • Gravitas by Caroline Goyder
  • Switch by Chip and Dan Heath (yes, still haven’t finished this)

Listening to:

The Binding by Bridget Collins

Watching:
The Blacklist

Finished reading (the one’s that I can remember!):

  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (I honestly don’t see what all the hype was about)
  • When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith (I have the next two in the series – not sure if I will read them)
  • Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght
  • The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain by Ian Mortimer
  • The Dollmaker by Nina Allan
  • The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon Price
  • The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North
  • Bone China by Laura Purcell
  • The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
  • The Last Body Part by Sarajane Woolf

Last updated:13th March 2020 | Now page inspired by the lovely Derek Sivers

29 Dec 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, you might think that I’d be spending my time chilling out on the sofa with a good book and a cup of Rooibos, but you’d only be partly correct. There have been moments of chilling and many moments of Rooibos but most of my time has been spent helping to sort out a family drama and working on my personal projects and businesses that have ground to a standstill during a very busy year.

Here’s what I am doing at the moment:

  • Revising my personal blog because I love writing and I want to write more in 2020.
  • Experimenting with eating every other day in my endless quest to lost vast amounts of weight and perhaps look younger, too.
  • Updating my communications courses on RESONATE and SciComm Success.
  • Creating a new storytelling show focusing on wisdom tales for my alter-ego, Ziyadliwa
  • Learning ancient Greek.
  • Studying for my masters in the classics with the OU – exciting!
  • Launching my  “Random Acts of Suzanne” podcast. First episode here.
  • Carving out time to write one researched article a month. Ponte took me weeks to research and eventually write, so one a month is enough for now.
  • Thinking about whether to re-launch Frauen Power as a place that brings professional women and business founders together. A simple network. Still sitting on the fence here.
  • Thinking about re-starting my book club. I am desperate to talk to people about books again!
  • Thinking about creating a very small freelancer / self-employed network. Private invitations only.

Reading:

  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  • When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith
  • Switch by Chip and Dan heath

Listening to:
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

Watching:
Mord mit Aussicht. It is hilarious.

Last updated: 29th December 2019 | Now page inspired by the lovely Derek Sivers

23 November 2019

Wow! It’s been a busy few months and I have 4 busy weeks to go before I “close” for the Christmas holidays, which I am VERY much looking forward to! Here’s what I am doing at the moment:

  • working on communication strategies, speeches, social media plans and internal communication plans for clients communications consultancy 
  • putting the finishing touches on two new corporate communication workshops for RESONATE
  • creating a new storytelling show focusing on North American India tales for my alter-ego, Ziyadliwa
  • learning ancient Greek. I am proud to say that I have translated 4 paragraphs thus far and I am now starting to get to grips with cases and articles
  • studying for my masters in the classics with the OU – exciting!
  • learning to dance! I’m half-way through a private jazz dancing course (apparently I have talent – woo hoo!), I’m taking swing lessons, and I’ m working through Ksenia Parkhatskaya’s solo jazz dancing course when time allows.
  • re-thinking my podcast (again). In fact, I am starting two short podcasts, one relating to mindfulness and on for stories.
  • making time to improve my ukulele skills – 10-15 minutes a day
  • carving out time to write one researched article a month. Ponte took me weeks to research and eventually write, so one a month is enough for now.

Reading:

  • Handbook for Classical Research by David Schaps
  • It’s the Way You Say It: Becoming Articulate, Well-Spoken, and Clear
    by Carol A. Fleming
  • When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith
  • Switch by Chip and Dan heath

Listening to:
Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Watching:
Outlander. I will be returning to Miss Fisher or Star Trek for my ironing-and-watching needs soon!

Last updated: 23rd November 2019 | Now page inspired by the lovely Derek Sivers