Lifestyle

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My 5 Secrets for Morning Routines That Stick

I’ve tried again and again and again to figure out the best way to start my days – to find that mystical perfect morning routine. Should I exercise? Read? Write? Do something else? And what about meditation and all that other crap the ‘gurus’ (ugh) tell you to do? I got a little obsessed for a while. Mostly because I was frustrated I couldn’t figure it out. And then, slowly, […]

Life as a Freelancer and Mother of Toddlers: An Interview with Gina Horkey

I met Gina – a fellow freelance writer/biz owner – on Twitter a few months ago, and we quickly to decided to hop on a Google Hangout to get to know each other a bit better, as you do. (Oh internets, I love you.) Naturally I decided I wanted to interview her on my blog. And she agreed. And everything was joyous. Here’s how it went down: What do you […]

Life as a Digital Nomad and Fiction Editor: An Interview with Sophie Playle

Over the past year or so, Sophie Playle has become one of my closest friends. We first met when I took a trip down to Norwich, and she later came along to a conference in Berlin with me. We talk about business a lot, and I thought it’d be fun to share her perspective on running an online business from the road. So I interviewed her! What do you do? […]

How to Improve Your Life and Business by Conducting 28-Day Experiments

Something I started doing a few months ago is 28-day experiments. I’ve found that they’re an excellent way to make gradual changes to my work and lifestyle without too much pressure. I’m the kind of person who rebels against rules and is absolutely horrified at the thought of any sort of restriction placed on me, so saying I’m going to commit to doing something ‘forever’ – the way we often […]

What I Love About My Work and This Lifestyle

As I write this, I’m sat in my friend’s garden in California enjoying the 30 degree sunshine (that’s 88 fahrenheit to my American friends) and the cool breeze blowing through. The birds are singing, the dogs are running around, and I am barefoot (something I so very rarely get to be in Scotland). And this is where I get to do my work. I don’t have to trudge to a […]

What I Learned from Going to My Work Space First Thing Every Morning

It was just over three weeks ago that I decided my new productivity experiment would be to get washed and dressed as soon as I got up every morning, and to head over to my unofficial office (i.e. a bench overlooking the sea inside a shopping centre) to do some work. Here’s what I said: I’m going to get washed and dressed straight away every morning, and I’m going to […]

My Personal Mantra for Getting Shit Done

I have a mantra for myself: to always do what feels right for me at the time. I figure that way I can never regret anything, even if something doesn’t work out quite how I’d hoped. ‘Well, I made the best decision I could – nothing more I could have done.’ This mantra plays out in big ways and small ways. Big life decisions such as breaking up with someone […]