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What I’m Doing Now

Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning
Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning

3 Things I’m Doing Now

1. I’ve undertaken a new mission. I love a mission. I think I would have been a good member of the Mission Impossible Force. I know my answer to “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” Would always be YES.

The stories and books I write are designed to help people find, develop and tell the right story at the right time in all WorkLife situations – in day-to-day communication: WorkLife and feedback conversations, presentations, talks, and negotiations, at interviews, and when socialising and networking in building and maintaining good relationships.

Learning to craft your unique stories is important because the stories you tell enable you to get your sense of character across in a meaningful and truthful way. Stories that demonstrate what you stand for and what you stand against. Stories in which you share your values and your beliefs, your thinking and your ideas, your individuality and your uniqueness. Stories that enable you to speak your truth because you are telling stories that matter to you.

This begins from a place of asking insightful self-questions, leading to effective self-feedback, resulting in crafting your unique stories.

Much of my work is around what is sometimes called ’Soft Skills.’ i.e. humility, self-awareness, resilience … Something that’s not always easy to communicate or measure.

Seth Godin led me to think about them not as Soft Skills, but as “Real Skills. Attitudes are Skills. Which is great news, because becoming better at a skill is something we’re able to do.”

And, so to my Mission …

I’m setting out to create a Card Deck to help people tell their unique stories about their Real Skills. I’m beginning my mission by documenting the questions I pose in my paperback books, Your WorkLife Your Way and WorkLife Book Club, before moving on to The School of WorkLife E-Book Series, The Learn Through Reading Series of Case Studies, and finally the stories I share on my blog, WorkLife Stories.

As this is a Top Secret Mission … I’ll share on a need to know basis … you’ll need to watch this space to learn more …

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2. Beginning in January 2023, I plan to write a series of Learn Through Non-Fiction and a series of Learn Through Fiction stories.

Learning Through the Genre of Non-Fiction Books

I love non-fiction that reads like fiction.

I believe that fact can be stranger than fiction, and that this can open the way for truth to emerge in a way that can have a positive impact on my WorkLife.

Learning Through the Genre of Fiction Books

I believe that fiction can tell truths that non-fiction cannot, and in doing so, can open the way for truth to emerge in a way that can have a positive impact on my WorkLife.

My intention is to share one story in each series every weekend.

Saturday will be Learn Through Non-Fiction day.

Sunday will be Learn Through Fiction day.

Musings from me that I hope you will find helpful. 

Short reads that I hope you will enjoy in a relaxed way over a cup of tea or coffee, that will also stimulate ideas that will help you self-direct your WorkLife learning needs through the power of lessons taken from the wisdom of a good book.

To give you a sense of what these stories are about, I’ve shared the first story in each series on my WorkLife Stories Page,

How to Learn Through Reading Non-Fiction Books: A Spy Among Friends 

How to Learn Through Reading Fiction Books: Inspector Montalbano

If you enjoy these stories and want to read more, tap the Instagram button below to follow me there. This is where the stories in each series will continue.

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3. Dedicating 3 Hours Each Day to My Wellbeing.

Because I enjoy my work as a creator, I have, in the past, spent my days writing, reading and learning. I’ve had days, which turned into weeks and then into months, where I sat at my laptop from early morning into late night, completely immersed in my work.

I made little or no time for anything else. This took a toll on my wellbeing. Something had to change.

I decided to dedicate 3 hours each day to my wellbeing.

I’ve made it that those three hours need to be focused on doing things physically and mentally that bring me to life.

While I mix things up to achieve this through activities such as swimming, yoga and callanetics, along with visiting art galleries and museums, there are two simple activities that I do every day – that’s walking and thinking.

I do some of my best thinking when I’m walking and maintaining my wellbeing.

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A Footnote:

As a writer, author, storyteller and creator, reading is an integral part of my craft.

On Instagram, I share brief insights into my Work & Life. Books & Stories I Read & Write. People, Places & Things I Like.

Tap the Instagram button below if you would like to follow me. There are snippets behind many of the photos I share. Tap on the images to discover what lies beneath the cover …