Posted in Coffee Books, News

Book Released!

On Saturday 1st September, I found this tweet:

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It’s actually out! I am eagerly awaiting a huge box full of them. I’ll have some for sale on my Book and Beans stall at Centennial Market, and they’ll also be available in our local Chapters (“soon”) and of course, on Amazon, here currently only as a pre-order.

There is no cover picture on Amazon just yet – I will be doing an exclusive cover reveal via the Books and Beans mailing list this week and some sneak previews. Sign up here if you haven’t already!

Watch this space for details of the official launch, coming soon!

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Ikigai – a reason for being

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Ikigai – where are you right now?

Ikigai – your ‘reason for being.’ Of course the Japanese have a word, and an infographic to explain this concept! I would argue that getting yourself into the central segment on here is almost impossible most of the time. Why do the fun things in life never pay the bills? And if they did, would they still be fun? Nevertheless, the Ikigai balance looks like something to aspire to.
It occurs to me that a central theme in my ‘It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time’ book is trying to find the sweet spot balancing working at something I enjoy and following my passions, and actually having to earn a living. That theme is pretty universal for creative types, I feel. Over the years I have swung from the ’empty feeling’ working for other people, to the ‘sense of uncertainty’ (for which I read “crippling self-doubt”) with my own businesses, and now as an aspiring writer, I am definitely in the No Wealth camp. But aren’t we all?! To my mind, ‘happy but broke’ is always a better option than ‘rich but bored.’
What is your Ikigai spot?
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Working on the new book

My Big Project right now is working on my memoir, It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time. This is my story of ten years of misadventures in the coffee industry, and what happens to entrepreneurs when everything doesn’t quite work out as well as you’d hoped.

The manuscript is currently complete but rather raw. Many thanks go to Angela who is editing for me, and to those friends who are reading over the preliminary chapters.

I’ve put together my first serious book proposal and I’m on the hunt for a publisher! All very exciting and at the same time, stressful and rather dejecting as always.

The book’s blurb is available below, along with my ideas for its cover (priorities!!).

Watch this space!

Posted in Coming Soon

It seemed like a good idea at the time

History is written by the winners. Inspiration is found in success. Perhaps this story should serve as a warning then? Read on if you dare…