Counting Sheep

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This is a guest post by Rachel Hammond


Wandering through the fields with my sheep, I enjoy the sight of the rolling green hills and the smell of fresh grass all around me…

Just one of the imagined experiences I enjoyed at the Before I Die workshop I attended recently.

Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t in a field. Nor were we tending sheep. But this workshop was a fresh, new way of looking at life, what I want out of it and where I would like to be headed, and why I want to achieve those things.

Do you ever really consider how you would like to spend your time? Do you have a burning passion and not know how to earn money doing it? If you’re anything like me (and most social entrepreneurs), you rarely take time out to consider specifics and enjoy the headspace to really analyse them.

A common issue for a lot of us. The first problem is often that we don’t know what that magical thing even is, to which we would like to dedicate our working time. Those of us lucky enough to know what that driver is, and where our passion lies, there is still the issue of how to create it, what the first step to take is and how on earth we think we can make a living from it.

The workshop was run as part of Marmalade, Oxford’s annual Social Enterprise event, in Turl Street Kitchen, the hub of many social ventures in the City.
The Before I Die Network is a fun and exciting collective, headed by Olivia Comberti, who runs these workshops around London, and is looking to expand the network beyond the capital.

I came away knowing exactly what I would like to achieve in the next few years, and with some very clear next steps to take. I realised the value in taking even just small steps towards your goal, and in not losing faith in accomplishing it.

If you aspire to do something, or you don’t even know what that something is yet, I would strongly recommend going to one of these workshops.

Who knows, it could be the best two hours you spend?

Oh, and for the record – my own goal? To contribute to legislative changes in the construction industry, reducing the use of concrete and cement in buildings, and increasing the use of traditional building methods.