171 | Essential Journeys

Snowmageddon in the UK prompts a brief discussion about what’s an essential journey. When the weather blindsides you, what’s an essential journey compared to protecting the health and safety of those you care about? Stay home. Be safe. Don’t put others at risk, especially the emergency services, when you don’t have to. Today we reconsider the meaning of essential journeys.

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In the Show…

Nicola’s discovered that Jules Verne visited nearby Itilo in the Mani where she lives now, and she’s had a frustrating week with almost nothing working at her house, including the internet which is always a challenge for a digital nomad. Judith’s had an equally up and down week with news of possible impending digital homelessness, meeting up with an old friend and falling right back in as if the intervening 20 years hadn’t been lost. She’s been broadcast by Engel Jones and she’s decided upon an App instead of Patreon. Here’s a link to the Gumroad/Patreon comparison article she mentions in the show.

  • What’s Fuelled Their Fire?

Nicola’s been shopping for new clothes and Barbara Winter’s called Judith a “poster girl for her program Small, Sassy and Successful!”

  • FOCUS of the Week

A focus was hard to find given so much going on by way of distraction and frustration. Facebook yielded nothing Loose Women-style, so J&N had a brief discussion around what constitutes an essential journey in the circumstances of Snowmageddon in the UK and extreme weather which puts lives at risk, not a normal thing for the UK at all so we have little practice at making that decision. Different thinking is required to calculate risks and priorities. Look after those you care about, be neighbourly and don’t put yourself needlessly at risk because it has a knock-on effect and can endanger the lives of others.

Snowmageddon! Stay home. Be safe. Don't put others at risk, especially the emergency services. Reconsider the meaning of essential journeys. #ownit Click To Tweet
  • Words of the Week

Nicola chooses Confusion and Judith Testimonials.

  • Project Updates

Judith’s scheduled all 12 upcoming guest interviews for March and April and agreed on discussion topics with nine of them. She’s reviewed her FB Insights in regard to videos as per Nicola’s request last week and shares the answers, but is gobsmacked to have discovered a huge surge in Twitter impressions with no apparent explanation or benefits so far.

  • Who or What’s Impressed/Inspired?




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  1. Thanks for another heart-warming podcast Judith & Nicola – you two are more than a match for Snowmageddon! Have decided to give BeingAuthor.com a whirl over the next month, or so …

    • Dear Jan

      As you know, we had snow again this weekend too and on Saturday and again on Sunday, I had to make journeys which each time could have been considered non-essential. I had to do quite a lot of hard thinking about whether to risk my life and limb before I undertook all of them and in the end it was fine. But, before I went, I did a lot of affirming: I am safe, I am safe, I am safe! And so it was. Also the snow wasn’t quite as deep and crisp and even this time around and I did a lot of following the gritting lorries about the motorways of South East England, but nevertheless my car flashed the freezing temperatures at me all weekend.

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