HOW to do something new

Doing something new is not easy. A new job. Changing schools. Starting a new club. Going to university for the first time. A month of work experience. We are sharing some tips, tricks and hacks to make this just a little bit easier. 

How does doing something new feel for you? 


We totally get it.

Doing something new.

Doing something different.

This makes everyone feel a little bit uncomfortable.

There aren’t that many people who relish that idea of doing something new without feeling a tiny smidge of discomfort and anxiety.

Our confidence is drawn from evidence of the things we’ve been able to do or achieve in the past. Once you have done something once or twice you are more sure you can do it again.

To do something we haven’t done before, we need to draw on something else in our armoury.

Self Confidence.

This is the part of us that makes us secure about ourselves and our abilities. To know that we will do our best, turn up with...

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We all need a bit of encouragement

When you’ve been working hard at something for a while, that you are passionate about, you can get a bit lost in it it all.

Totally immersed in the doing.

There are some words that just make it all make sense and that, as cofounders, we need to hear.

Not because we are needy and have to be reassured but to make us focus on who we are helping and how we help them.

Yesterday, on our empty, off sauna Zoom meetings (it’s a standard at the moment) we spoke to journalist Stephanie Conway, Abi from Festival of the Girl and Natalie from Girl Be Club about up and coming collaborations.

Like minded people doing amazing things.

That was a huge encouragement and a great start to 2022.

Amanda Morgan Thomas is a great friend, confidente and mentor to us and her #testimonial is something we often refer back to at times like this when we need people in our corner. 

"Looking back at my time transitioning to high school - I was lost.

A careers teacher got us to take a quiz. I was...

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Highs. Lows. Funnies.

Highs. Lows. Funnies.

Every week on our membership we talk about our highs, lows and funnies. Those moments, big or small, during the week that we reflect on and share with others.

2021 has been a full of lots of examples but today got me thinking about what have been the highs, lows and funnies for us both in business #thehowpeople #cofounders

High: presenting into school classrooms up and down the country with the brilliant Emma Clift at the helm. Live Friday lessons to schools up and down the country plus 3 free workshops including a Christmas special to 300 year 6 classrooms at the same time. Loved them and can’t wait to continue in 2022

Low: losing Scully, the very lovely old family dog who was as loved a regular resident at Crook HQ and regularly hugged and often ridden like a horse by all of our kids.

Funny: a very funny and spontaneous game of London bingo on bikes when we should’ve been networking before our first big awards ceremony in London which was another...

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The two wolves

If you haven’t seen “Our mental health crisis’ on BBC iPlayer then this is a must watch for anyone with teenagers, in healthcare or in the education space.

Alex George is an A&E doctor and the first youth mental health ambassador. His programme ‘Our mental health crisis’ on BBC iPlayer is a frank and honest report of the crisis that is going on in young people and the importance of early intervention.

This is something we are so passionate about.

Stopping things early.

Giving young people a tool box for their teenage years and dealing with any issues as they emerge not once they have taken hold.

Lack of resources, a stretched education sector , an overwhelmed healthcare system and difficult access are meaning that is often only in a crisis or when a problem is so deep seated that young people are accessing help. 

This is really important stuff.

During the programme you get to meet his incredible family who live just down the road from us in...

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Fear and adventure

Fear and adventure

Two powerful and inextricably linked things.

Last week we welcomed one of our brilliant original HOW speakers Mikaela Toczek back to our membership to chat about adventures and microadventures.

Those smaller adventures right from your doorstep and reasons why these are so good for your soul. Alistair Humpheries talks about flipping the 9-5pm and getting out after work for an over night microadventure to be back at your desk at 9am the next day! 

Click here to find out more and watch his short film on Microadventures.

Elizabeth Gilbert, from her book Big Magic writes about how she addresses her fear when unknown outcomes are in the horizon:

Dearest Fear.

Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you’ll be joining us, because you alway do.

There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions...

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Showing up

consistency showing up Oct 19, 2021

Consistency is something I have only grasped in middle age. 

It is a powerful thing so thought we should share

Starting something new, whether it is a business, a different hobby or a new subject at school, is hard work, complicated, not very slick and often a bit scary.
It is scrappy. In the words of The DO Lectures. (if you don't follow them then do and look out for any of their podcasts or books they are brilliant)

But, nothing happens without hard work, consistency and showing up.

You need to show up to the piano keyboard and practice to improve.

You need to show up at your desk to get your head around a new topic or project.

You need to show up on the pitch to get better at football.

You need to show up in your business to get things off the ground.

It has been a busy few months for us opening the membership again and launching into classrooms and it has felt a bit messy, complicated and...
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Is it time to travel again?

Having both been lucky enough to travel a lot over the years we have friends and family across the world.

Prior to March 2020, it had felt that the world was a pretty small place and that any one of these people were just a quick flight away with the big barriers being cost, environmental impact plus the practicalities of travelling with young children.

Then came along a pandemic to shake that all up.

Not being able to visit family, see friends, explore different places, plan trips, deepen those connections with others that live away from our local area made us realise how important that was to us and grew our appreciation of the travel industry and our love of adventures.

Yes, this has lead to more micro adventures at home and making sure we know and love the wonders that are on our doorsteps but, as we creep out of this last 2 years of social isolation, we are looking forward to spreading our wings again, recharging and reconnecting with those who live around the world and...

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The Edge

*THE EDGE* (Trigger warning)

Written by psychotherapist Joanna Williams 

Ever write a post and think maybe it's a bit heavy? If it helps just one person. It's worth it!

Here goes..

Have you ever found yourself drawn to the edge.

A strange mix of "If I.. could I.. will I"

That obscure feeling of appeal and allure that can start to feel inviting..

No, I don't mean with harness and rope or rigged to a wing.. I mean standing there. Facing your own mortal mind that wants you to step off...

If you haven't I hope you don't!

And if you have?

I want you to know that it's not as uncommon or strange as it might seem. You haven't gone crazy or mad! Life can feel exhausting. The battles we fight in our mind can feel Intoxicating; overwhelming, convincing...

Suicidal thoughts are common.

But there is an alternative exit strategy..

One which I hope helps just one person to get back on the path to life!

Those feelings and urges, as convincing as they might be, are transient, changeable and...

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Back to school worry for parents

Are you worried about your kids?

Join the club.
Grab some paper and a pen and jot down 3 vertical columns.

Column one

Write down what's worrying you.
Specifics please, no waffle…

Column two

For now leave blank.

Column three

Write down what it is you want to be better.

So, what does it look like when it’s fixed? Or, if you achieved everything in this column as you’ve written it, would you be calm and happy again? 


Go back to your 2nd column.

This is your to do list.

What is in your control to do something about it to solve it?

What can you do today, now, that gets you there?

Written by our great friend and business mentor and mum of three teenagers, Amanda Morgan Thomas. Amanda offers coaching and consultancy to individuals and businesses and is a breath of fresh air. Thank you Amanda. Click here for full details

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4 things I wish I knew: Parenting teens


• Generally, I’ve found that if us parents are over-involved, we provide fewer opportunities for our kids to self-reflect. We must allow our kids to feel and to be curious about how those feelings affect our behaviours. Every time they experience something new, they are adding to their self-confidence balance sheets


• Be prepared to share your fails with them and show them how you got back up. It may be messy, but if you can bounce then they can too. It’s not the falling that we learn from it’s how we style it out.


• Let them figure out problems and concerns by themselves...and then celebrate with them.


• If you are anxious, your kids will feel it. Tell them. Share your emotions with them and also explain what you’re doing about it. This will create a two-way exchange that will serve you well through the teenage years. Trust.

Amanda Morgan Thomas is mum of three teens, business mentor, coach and advisor to...

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