Life

Feeling Lost and Directionless? I Was Too.

I went to my dad’s funeral in 2011. There, I met David. I’d never met or even heard of him before. He was one of my dad’s old friends. They used to go to the pub together. A smart, academic-type guy, we got chatting about what the hell I was going to do now. I’d just returned from backpacking, which was what I’d planned to keep doing for the foreseeable […]

My 2017 Goals: A Quarterly Check-In

I decided to do things differently this year. Rather than slinging together a list of resolutions – random things it’d be kinda cool to achieve by the end of the year – I chose to focus instead on building up three simple daily practices. The three practices are: writing, reading and exercising. I purposely chose to make them easily doable: Write 400 words a day, no matter what. Paper journalling […]

Life as a Digital Nomad: The Worst of Both Worlds

I knew before I even left that it wasn’t the right thing to do, really. Looking back, it seems so obvious. But I had to make sure. I had to be absolutely certain, else live a life always wondering what if. The digital nomad life, eh? Full of promise, excitement, adventure. THE DREAM. I first came upon the idea back in 2011, when I was desperately trying to figure out […]

8 Badass Ways to Procrastinate (aka not feel like a total asshole for not doing your work yet)

Let’s be truthful here: everyone procrastinates. There is no way that even Tony Robbins doesn’t procrastinate SOMETIMES. Unless he is a robot. Hmm… Uh, anyway. I digress. My point is: YOU procrastinate, and so do I. But some ways to procrastinate are more badass than others. I think we can all agree that binging on Netflix and junk food is in the top 3 list of not-great ways to procrastinate […]

2016: A Year in Review

Well. Well, well, well. In comparison to 2015, 2016 got off to a roaring good start. For me, at least. (Not so much for my beloved Goblin King.) This time last year, I was residing in my beautiful, perfectly situated Edinburgh apartment – and living alone for the first time ever in my life, which has always been a dream of mine. I was about to call it a bucket […]

Reflections on 7 Weeks in Portugal as a Digital Nomad

I started writing this in The Marriott Hotel near Edinburgh airport. Right now I’m finishing it off on my mum’s sofa while she takes a nap. This is my new normal: working from random places. I don’t have my own desk or home office or, er, home, for that matter, any more. After nearly six years of living in Edinburgh, four of which were spent growing my business, I finally […]

What It’s Like Living with Ulcerative Colitis (and Why I Quit My Super Strict Diet)

Most people haven’t heard of ulcerative colitis. It’s an IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) similar to Crohn’s and I have it. It’s the reason I ate nothing but meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese and butter for five months. When told ulcerative colitis is an IBD, people sometimes say, ‘Oh yeah! I have IBS. It’s awful.’ But it’s not the same thing. ‘Irritable’ and ‘inflammatory’ are different. ‘Syndrome’ and ‘disease’ are different. Ulcerative […]

How to Change Your Life When It’s Really Not That Bad

How many awesome things do you want to do with your life? Do you have a bucket list? Or a few secret dreams locked away in your brain? And how many of them are you delaying, waiting for the right time to do them? Here’s something I’ve realised lately: it’s easy to change your life when you cannot stand the way things are any more. It’s also easy to change […]

Nearly 6 Years Later, I’m Leaving Edinburgh and Hitting the Road

Back in 2010, I went backpacking for the second time. The first time was in 2008, when I worked at a summer camp in New Hampshire for a couple of months and then spent a few weeks travelling around the USA (with a side serving of Canada). That was meant to be a long, open-ended trip. But I fell in love with a boy back home before I left. Like, […]

What I’ve Been Up To

Long time no post, eh? Sometimes I wonder whether I made the right decision to no longer stick to a publishing schedule. Because occasionally things like this happen, where I don’t post anything for over a month. And I don’t like it. Although I didn’t like frantically rushing to publish some piece of crap at 11.59pm on deadline day either. What I really need is to get into the habit […]