I declared to the world that 2012 would be my year of being an entrepreneur. A few months into 2013 and I’m still living without a boss and carving my way to doing what I love. Here’s the low down on my 2012.
What I achieved in 2012
I created a website, became proficient at using...
I’ve been a freelance science communicator for about a year and a half now, and it’s only now that things are getting easier.
Because building your freelance career takes time.
It takes time to build your confidence in your freelance skills. It takes time to figure out what works and...
Tonight I heard a rocket land a few kilometres from where I live. I was walking through a park by the sea with my friend, enjoying the cool night air and chatting about work and life, when the air-raid siren sounded. We are both from overseas but we’ve lived in Tel Aviv for a few years...
A few months ago I was in a state of despair: I had no freelance work. I began to worry that I was on the wrong career path, and perhaps I shouldn’t persevere with being a freelance science communicator. My thoughts tumbled over one another and just as I thought I should do...
A couple of months ago I was in a state of despair. I didn’t have an ounce of freelance work, with nothing much on the horizon either. I had lots of free time and started reading novels all the time, in some kind of escapist venture. I had my routine – writing club, rock climbing, helping to run the Escape Tel Aviv events, meeting friends for coffee, and watching True Blood with Amit. But I felt lost. I wanted a direction for my career – I wanted to decide what to do with my life.
Do you love travelling? Do you love architecture? And do you love cities? Well why not combine all three and follow our guide to architecture tours in famous cities around the world.
What makes it into my top 10?
Tel Aviv’s free city tours that focus on architecture.
Rome – the...
Do you have a niggling feeling that you could be doing something amazing with your life, but you’re not quite sure what that is? Do you want to change careers, but get confused by all the options?
I’ve asked these questions many times, and was extremely happy to find a book about careers that was neither dry nor off with the fairies. ‘How to find fulfilling work’ is a self-help book without the fluff, positive affirmations, and uncovering your childhood trauma. This is self-help for thinking people.
‘How to Find Fulfilling Work‘ draws on ideas from psychology, history, sociology, philosophy, and a variety...
This week I decided to join the current craze on Pinterest of creating quotes-on-photos. It looked pretty easy, so I looked at my previous blogs and found some things I’d written that looked quotable.
How to make your own photo-quotes for free using Picasa
Download and install Picasa,...
I’m a Science Communicator, which means I’m an expert in communicating everything from the simple to the complex in a wide range of formats. I write for websites, magazines and newspapers, implement strategic communication plans, manage scientific grant proposals, projects and events.
Here is a selection of my science communication work.
SoilMapp for iPad: soil information at your fingertips
Find out what’s beneath your feet with CSIRO’s first app, SoilMapp, making soil information accessible from your location. December 2012
Aquatic Agricultural Systems
I re-worked the website text for this research program managed...
I am an email newsletter addict. When I started thinking about creating my own business, I trawled the Internet and read all sorts of blogs, subscribing to every newsletter that sounded interesting.
100 subscriptions later, my inbox was getting so full I was entering an information...
Today I’m writing from the road – well really from the railroad tracks. I’m on a train from Manchester to Glasgow, gliding through endless green – the kind of green that you will never find in Israel, and only rarely in Australia. The green that only comes when the land is...
How are the people surrounding you influencing your career decisions? I looked around at my friends who came to my birthday party and realised that a bunch of them had created their own businesses – in areas as diverse as tourism, food, fashion, photography, software and TV.
Every year for the past 37 years, a folk music festival had been held in Israel called Jacob’s Ladder. The founders moved here from England and missed the rich folk music culture so much that they created their own festival.
For the past few years, the festival has been held on the...
I recently received the Liebster Blog Award. After my initial excitement, I realised I'd been awarded a meme. A meme is an idea, behaviour, style, image, or video that spreads from person to person like a virus.
I sit at my desk in our apartment in Tel Aviv, and every other day I wonder if I’ve made the right career choice. Being a freelancer and helping run a small business is not always what I thought it would be.
I worry about money.
I worry that I haven’t found my purpose.
I worry that I’m just doing what I know rather than really doing something new and challenging.
I worry that I’m wasting my time.
The other day I told Amit about my concerns with my unconventional career. And I was surprised by his response.
Amit said, “I worry too. I worry about making a living from my businesses. I worry that I’ve chosen the wrong...
Part 3 in my series on how to get your business online.
Social media can be a powerful marketing tool for small businesses. It allows you to communicate directly with current and potential customers. You can update your followers with the latest news from your business, ask questions,...
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The market is the cheapest place to buy fruit and vegetables, and it’s also a great place to practice your Hebrew!
Here are some key vocabulary for your trip to the market.
how much is it? | ka-ma ze...
When we were children, we were always asked by adults “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I can remember some of my answers from the ages of 5 to 10: I wanted to be a hairdresser, an actress or generally famous. How can a 5 year old answer a question like this?
After age 10 I started saying “I don’t know”, and I’ve been saying that ever since.
I’m not a person of one calling (life would be so simple if I was!). I’m interested in many things. I know a fair bit about a lot of things. And I become interested in something new every other day. To decide on just one things feels like I’m strangling my potential.