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I don’t get it

Warning. This may be the most boring,  rambling and self indulgent blog post I’ve written yet. Seriously… I’m not kidding! Apologies. These days I feel like i’m going crazy. I’ve been trying to make sense of a lot of things recently. I feel like I don’t understand anything any more. Forgive me if this sounds a little autistic. I don’t think […]

Are Young People “Entitled”?

People who complain about how “young people are so entitled these days” piss me off. Firstly – it makes whoever’s complaining seem really old. Secondly – these remarks are usually based on their experience of working with 1-2 people under 25 who have annoyed them… Hardly a decent sample on which to start blaming a whole generation. (If your complaining that young people “don’t work as hard these […]

In Transit

I’m in transit on our way to Australia. I love flying and I love being in transit – always have done. It’s the one time in my life that I can relax. I’m uncontactable and have time to read, sleep, or watch a movie without any distractions. Whether it’s a train journey or a flight, I like how there is […]

The Best Books I Read in 2016

I read a lot of books this year. Many were medical/health related books. I haven’t listed those here. I’m no medic and have no idea how accurate they are. Some were helpful, others less so. If you want recommendations – email me. Here are the books I enjoyed the most: Media/Technology So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – This is an […]

2016 Annual Review

This has been one crazy year. To say that this year hasn’t been much fun is a bit of an understatement…. With Brexit and Trump being elected (WTF?????), it won’t have been the greatest year for many. This sums the year up for me (15 seconds): 2016 has been one of the worst years of my life. Still – a […]

My Most Useful Material Purchases of 2016

We moved into an unfurnished place for the first time earlier this year. It had central heating and everything 🙂 I’m embarrassed to say that despite my age and income, I’ve lived my life as a student/hobo until recently.  I’ve always had trouble spending money on material things rather than experiences, (unless we’re talking about camera equipment, books, or fine wine….). Up […]

“The road to a friend’s house is never long” – Danish Proverb

I recently read a great article by Ben Casnocha about friendship.  Ben believes that “if you’re not talking to someone on a somewhat regular basis — seeing them in person, talking on the phone, or emailing/digitally communicating in some other way that involves substantive give-and-take — that person is not a close friend who’s providing emotional sustenance. Sure, they’re on your friend list, maybe […]

Produce

This has got to be the most boring title to a blog post ever! My Nain is obsessed with Andrew and I returning to live in Wales. After 16 years of living in London, you would have thought that she would have accepted that we are not going to move. I think she’s getting worse as she gets older. I […]

Brainwashing Yourself – How to Feel Better

This month has been crazy, and exhausting. For lots of reasons. Work, life, moving. We’re in our new place now. Sans furniture, which has been interesting… That’s changing slowly. I’m looking forward to having a bed again and eating from a plate! Anyway, I’ve caught up with a few friends recently who are having a bad time. I know how […]

Rental Market Craziness

I don’t know why people hate estate agents so much.  I asked one of them. He didn’t know. Reflecting on my experiences with estate agents over the years, I can’t say I’ve had many bad ones. All the agents I came across this time were wonderful. It was a pleasure interacting with them! I have a love-hate relationship with looking for […]

Is China Taking Over the World?

Do we need to worry if it does?  I love Chinese food and have always been interested in Chinese culture. Based on my own experiences abroad, here are my observations: Warning – I despise generalisations and stereotypes. Still, this post is full of them! Apologies if anyone takes offence. 1. Will Chinese be the world’s main language in a few […]

7 Japanese Observations

Man I miss Japan. This time last year, we would have just arrived in Tokyo. We spent a month travelling around. (You can read about some of my favourite places here). A month wasn’t enough. I could have spent weeks in Tokyo alone. To be honest, arriving jet lagged with high expectations, Tokyo was a bit of a disappointment. It […]

Death and New Beginnings

I haven’t got angry or lost it with anyone for a long long time.  Still, I lost it with a poor Enterprise car hire employee. I think his name was Pierce. (Sorry Pierce). We had just been told that my Taid didn’t have long to live and we had decided to hire a car to drive up to the hospital to […]

My Strengths and Personality Type According to Myers-Briggs and Gallup

I’m still figuring out if knowing my strengths and personality type is useful or not. I think it is. Myers-Briggs was helpful in highlighting my strengths and areas where I could excel or work on.  It’s a personality test that will classify you as one of sixteen personality types developed by the psychologist Carl Jung. I’m an ENTP apparently. I don’t think […]

The Best Books I Read in 2015

I read a load of interesting books in 2015. Here are some of my favourites: Mindfulness Search Inside Yourself by Chang-Meng Tan – this is one of the most practical books about mindfulness and emotional intelligence I’ve read. 10% Happier: How I tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works by Dan Harris […]

My 2015 Annual Review

I’ve never done this before – written a personal annual review. Not formally anyway. I’ve always dismissed it as self indulgent and a waste of time. I’m feeling unfocused and unaligned at the moment. So, having seen so many people I respect share their successes and failures, I’m going to give it a go. I have no idea how to approach this. Live Your […]

There is More to Life than Getting Married

I’m not anti-marriage. I am madly in love with Andrew, and I am committed to spending the rest of my life with him. Trust me. There is no one else. Yet…, anyway. I’m joking, I’m joking. Apart from a couple of guys. Ha ha ha 🙂 I’m joking, I’m joking. Call me conventional.  I’m not into polyamorous relationships or orgies or that […]

What’s My Elevator Pitch? – LYL Start-A-Blog Challenge – Day 5

Is this over yet? No. Day 5. Today’s writing prompt is “What’s your elevator pitch”. …………………………I really don’t have an elevator pitch. Apparently LYL mean by “elevator pitch”, what are you excited about? What are you building or want to build? What do you care about….. I’ve read Simon Sinek’s Start With Why book, it’s very good. As is his […]

What Do People Thank Me For…? – LYL Start-A-Blog Challenge – Day 3

Okay so we’re on day 2 of this “Blog Challenge”. Yay! Bring it on! Today’s writing prompt is “what do people thank me for”. OMG…seriously people! Let me think………………………………………………………………………………………. I guess. I’m often asked for ideas on places to travel. Good restaurants. Tips on things to see, places to go, and when. I’m sure there’s a really interesting and sexy […]

What Makes Me Angry? – LYL Start-A-Blog Challenge – Day 2

Okay, so I’m doing this LYL blog challenge. I’m trying another way to force myself to write. LYL (Live Your Legend) was set up by Scott Dinsmore who tragically died a few months ago. I actually only learnt about LYL as a result of his death.  His wife, Chelsea, is amazing – incredibly strong, really inspiring.  Scott’s written some fantastic […]

Why 9 to 5 Monday to Friday is Broken

I’ll soon be making my way back to the UK where I’ll be looking for work. I’ll be honest. I’m dreading it. Some people love working in an office.  Sadly, I’m not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy most of my work, and I’ve been lucky to work with some great people who have become life long […]

The Danger that is Russian Vodka

We were warned about drinking vodka with the Russians. We were warned how impolite it was to refuse offers of hospitality. We just weren’t prepared for such a painful experience so early in our Trans-Siberian trip… Beware. I almost died! On the morning of our first day of our five day non-stop stint on the train from St Petersburg to […]

How to Deal with Recruitment Agencies

For most of us, dealing with recruitment agencies will be an inevitable part of getting a job. It’s by no means the best way to land your dream job, but if you’re starting out and have few connections, it might be your best bet. Using agents can be advantageous. Agencies are often notified of vacancies, sometimes before many in the […]

Why Permanent Jobs Are Overrated

Many people can’t understand why I chose not to have a permanent job. When I started working fixed term contracts, I was surrounded by Australians contracting on working holiday visas. It didn’t feel like a crazy thing to do. When I resigned from my permanent job, my friends and family where shocked. Years later, some of them still can’t understand it. “When […]

The Madness of Our Hours Culture

Lawyers love time. Time is money. Most lawyers record every minute spent interacting or “working” on a client’s matter. Time is measured in units of six minutes. (Although, even if something  takes two minutes, one unit will still be recorded). Give them a call and send them an email, and before you know it, you’ve spent a few hundred (plus tax) […]

How to Be More Positive

Being more positive is easier said than done right.  For some people anyway. I’ll discuss that in a second, but here are a few things that have transformed my outlook into a consistently positive one: 1. Change Your Attitude Forget the “woe is me” syndrome which is so common among so many people in the developed world.  Some people are never […]

Gratitude Journal Challenge

You may have seen the “Gratitude Challenge” that was recently making the rounds on Facebook. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal, documenting things I’ve been grateful for on a daily basis for about two years now.  It’s a valuable exercise and has definitely made me happier. I use the simple Gratitude Journal app so that all my entries are backed up in […]

The Best Books I Read in 2013

I had a lot more time to read this year than I have done before. Here are some of the ones I enjoyed the most: Random and Interesting The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect us From Violence by Gavin De Becker – This has got to be one of the most important books I’ve read. Every woman should […]

Life Changing Books – The Best Non-Fiction

Despite the joy I derived from reading as a child, between starting my A levels and 2010, I read very few books.  Uni and law school were four years of stress – juggling studies, work, debt, a drinking problem, and homelessness. It wasn’t a happy time. Afterwards, I worked in a law firm, and was regularly exhausted by the long working hours […]