Yesterday after a day on the computer (making patterns though, it was fun) I saw Brene Brown tweeting about a Ted Talk called 'Got a meeting? Take a walk' and I went to have a listen. Nilofer Merchant tells the story of how she was supposed to be meeting with someone but they couldn't fit her in to their busy schedule so they said 'look I have to walk my dog, shall we talk while we walk?' and this gave her the idea for 'walk meetings'.
Why meet in a stuffy office of a coffee shop? Why not get out in the fresh air and get some exercise and look after yourself whilst having your'e working. I love that idea. There's nothing like a walk to get the ideas going.
It made me want to get out immediately and even though I didn't have a meeting as such I took a walk on my own. The leaves were unfurling and the birds were singing and I thought about how much inspiration this simple activity gives to me. I can pinpoint certain places where inspiration struck, like here on this hillside above the archery fields looking out over Hebden Bridge where I once marvelled at the structure of a dandelion clock and it gave me my the idea for one of my best selling lamp designs.
Time out walking is never wasted. It's one of my favourite things.