Want to go to the ma...

This was originally published on Stick Around: Language stickers for the home and office 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...

How to create your o...

Part 1 in my series on how to get your business online. 6 easy steps to creating your own website - tips, recommendations, and lots of info for beginners in the virtual world.

Not deciding what you want to do with the rest of ...

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. I...

5 lessons from 5 wee...

Stick Around has been available for five weeks now. These five weeks have been filled with amazing moments, like the first time someone bought Stick Around online, and when the first store in Tel Aviv started selling our product. We love seeing when people take Stick Around into their hands,...

5 great things about...

1. You don’t get sick much This is the first time I’ve caught a cold since December. Last winter, when I was working in an office, I had a cold every month. Everyone in the office was constantly infecting each other, coming into work when they were contagious with a virus. When you...

What is an entrepreneur?

I’ve been writing about entrepreneurship for almost three months now, but the other day Amit said that he doesn’t really feel like an entrepreneur. So I started investigating – are we entrepreneurs, a small business, or just kids playing? en•tre•pre•neur/ noun. A definition of entrepreneurship that describes why it is so challenging yet at the same time so exciting comes from the Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson: “Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” From Inc.com This certainly describes the risk-taking behaviour inherent in entrepreneurship....

What is your working...

What is your working style? Amit and I started to have morning meetings, but the length of our to-do lists started causing me angst!

Escape the City

About a year ago I came across a website called Escape the City. It is designed for people wanting to escape their big corporate job, and find the thing that makes them come alive. It is an idea that resonates with a lot of people. Every week the Escape crew send out a newsletter with 10 top...

Are you a science to...

I began to think about Science Tourism the other day when I reflected on our recent honeymoon on Heron Island, a small coral cay in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. One thing I really loved about our stay on the island was how accessible science was, which makes it a...

Launching Stick Around and josavill.com!

Last week was a huge week, with not one but two launches from our home: 1. The launch of our first product – Stick Around! 2. The launch of my new website josavill.com – you’re looking at it! This is all very exciting. After a few months of talking about being an entrepreneur, I can now say that I am one with the launch of Stick Around! Stick Around Stick Around are stickers that help you learn Hebrew. The packet contains 529 stickers, each with a Hebrew word, its translation and how to pronounce it, to stick on objects around your house. It was inspired by stickers that Amit hand-made for me one day to help me learn...

How I became a science communicator

I’m a science communicator- people often ask me what this mean, and really it’s in the title. I communicate science. I help others communicate science. I write about science, develop communication strategies, write science shows, create educational material, and present on radio shows. Most of the time I help scientists communicate what they do via web pages, articles for magazines and newspapers, and newsletters. I write about science in a way that’s accessible to more people than just scientists or those that have studied science. I make science accessible and relevant to everyday life. As an university undergraduate I...

Nanotechnology dilem...

Watch videos about consumer dilemmas in nanotechnology - with my voice-over!

Is your work meaning...

I recently finished reading an excellent book about success - Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. He wrote about meaningful work in his book, because he saw that successful people have role models for their success, and often that is a parent who is engaged in meaningful work. You probably had a...

Accountability and p...

Now I have some goals articulated, I need to work on accountability. I need to keep on track, to work towards my goals, not get distracted in the small things of life. The problem is that I am easily distracted by a mind that wanders all the time through thoughts and ideas, so that while...

My goal for 2012: Cr...

Whatever your dreams are, you’d better start taking them very very seriously Barbara Sher in her book Wishcraft.  If I’m really going to be an entrepreneur in 2012, I need some real goals to make my dreams a reality. I found this goal setting guide on Live Your Legend, and it’s really...

Productivity plans w...

Last week I posted about productivity. It was going to be my week of productivity. I did a few things I wanted to do. I failed in my goal to only look at Facebook twice a day. I am addicted to Facebook and found many reasons to adhere to that goal, so I’m going to consider it a hopeless...