Getting on with what matters to us. It's something that we all want to do, but so often can prove to be harder than we had imagined or hoped. But for all it's challenges, it seems that pursuing this journey is perhaps one of the most important things we can be doing. I know from my own experience that I need lots of encouragement, space for honesty and time to hear from others who are on this same journey. So for this month's Share Your Story we've invited four Brightonians (profiles below) to share their stories, both the ups and downs, of pursuing their passions. We hope you go away encouraged, inspired and challenged and more ready to pursue your own passions.
We'll be following the usual Share Your Story format of a handful of invited speakers sharing their own journeys with us. Each speaker will have fifteen minutes to tell their stories however they choose, followed by a short audience Q&A. If you want to get an idea of what previous Share Your Stories have looked like, visit our past events page.
The event will take place at Nowhere Man Cafe, 53 Upper North Street (BN1 3FH) - one of our favourite cafes in Brighton.
We couldn't be more excited to be back running events. Whether you're a familiar face or a first timer, we look forward to seeing you there.
Heard enough? Head towards tickets. Want to know more about those that are speaking? Read on...
Three years ago Hazel’s self-esteem was at rock bottom. She’d found herself in a toxic work environment where she felt helpless to create positive change. But one little card game transformed everything. Following her passion for creating games and bringing people together, Hazel funded her first game ‘Randomise’ on Kickstarter. The success of this family-friendly party game (it has now sold more than 40,000 copies) has allowed Hazel to grow a team at her new company Gamely - including employing her husband so they can work together while sharing the childcare of their baby and toddler - and has helped her find purpose and meaning in her life.
Gary is the co-founder of Justlife, a charity working with vulnerably housed individuals in Manchester and Brighton, and ARCH Healthcare, a homeless healthcare service in Brighton. Justlife was initially started in response to the relationships they built, and injustices and tragedy that they saw around them, in Manchester. Instead of simply sitting back and letting it be Gary and his wife, Hannah, decided they wanted to do something positive to make a difference. Over many years Justlife has done amazing work with hundreds of vulnerable individuals as well as advocating for structural and institutional change.
Katrina is a writer, performer and photographer who can't sit still for long. She currently resides in Shoreham-by-sea, where you'll often find her in the water. Having gone on a journey of writing and sharing her poetry (which we think is great!), she's just returned from her first run at Edinburgh Fringe where she performed her solo spoken word show, "Individual Medley", about moving from Basingstoke to Zambia, aged 12, and about swimming!
Emma’s passion and work as a coach, facilitator and service designer is to support people who support others. She helps them shape the services they provide through nurturing their own passions, wellbeing and ideas for change. Emma shares how the path to doing what we want to do can feel long and winding, and how she’s learning to accept and work with its bends, breaks and uneven ground along the way.
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