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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

How to Not Instantly Forget All the Shit You Learn

Do you ever feel like there is just TOO MUCH TO LEARN? Which sucks, because you want to be smarter and, you know, intelligible in conversations over dinner. And so you try to devour everything as quickly as you can to make time for it all. Or, at least, you feel like you should devour as much as you can as quickly as you can. Well, I’m sorry to tell […]

How I’m Handling This Brexit Bullshit

A week ago today, citizens across the UK flooded to polling stations to decide the fate of our country: to remain in the EU or to leave it. The polls closed at 10pm that night. Cue ten solid hours of me flicking back and forth between the results being announced live on the BBC and people responding to it on Twitter. Honest to god, you guys, at one point it […]

Losing Motivation to Follow Your Dream? Try This.

Do you constantly scour the web looking for the next inspiring article to encourage you to go after your dreams, chase your passions, do what you love – and then promptly flip the kettle on, grab the cookies, and hunt down the next inspirational article? Yeah. You need to stop that. The occasional dose of inspiration is fine, sure. If you’ve hit a low point and need a kick up […]