Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

The Internet is the worlds go to for information, for better and for worse, for truth and for bullshit. Everyone can now have a voice and while this theoretically creates a platform for true citizen democracy, it also opens doors for a whole lot of half truths and pretence. Chloe King writes this polemic and powerful piece about radical self-love and why positive thinking will, in her words, … Continue reading Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

Being uncomfortable is OK. When was the last time you were uncomfortable? I’m talking actual physical discomfort, not sadness from a break up or nervousness before an exam or meeting. Chances are if you are a modern, indoors working urbanite like myself you probably have rarely, if ever, experienced it. I hadn’t. Being on pilgrimage taught me that it’s completely OK to be uncomfortable. To be … Continue reading Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

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The dangerous pursuit of perfection

We live in a world of continual comparison and pressure to be different, special and successful. The Western world sits pretty on its foundations of individuality, competition and relentless growth and without knowing it, the young are exposed to all kinds of subtle pressure to perform or shall we say outperform, those around them. The New York Times recently covered a story on the alarming … Continue reading The dangerous pursuit of perfection

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Get detoxed! But what exactly does that mean?

Detox. One of the buzz words of the now. Along with sustainability, eco, green, mindfulness, fair trade or carbon neutral the word has the ability to attract unsuspecting minds from all kinds of peripheries. We are inherently attracted to the idea of ‘detoxing’ and being ‘toxin free’ despite not usually having the faintest idea of what toxins are afflicting us in the first place. Food … Continue reading Get detoxed! But what exactly does that mean?

Eight questions for more interesting conversations

“Conversation is civilized speech. It is more purposeful than chatter; more humane than gossip; more intimate than debate. But it is an elusive ideal.” John Armstrong, The Conversation. All too often our verbal exchanges involve flippantly jumping from one topic to another, a smattering of small talk peppered with a rant here and there. And we’ve all been to that party or event where the … Continue reading Eight questions for more interesting conversations

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Finding contentment within our careers

FINDING peace and contentment in our working lives can be a tricky balance to uphold. Career satisfaction used to mean having a job, any job, with enough financial security to buy a house, raise a family and be a generally respectable citizen. Nowadays, the bar has raised somewhat. Should I be earning more money? Why can’t I find work doing what I love? Am I … Continue reading Finding contentment within our careers

Turning 30 is just the beginning

Turning those ‘turning 30’ myths on their head  I recently changed decades. I can no longer say I am “young” but I am certainly not “old” either. 30 is one of the milestone birthdays, one where a giant fuck off celebration is an absolute necessity and where a bunch of myths start to circulate about where you are in life and what you should be … Continue reading Turning 30 is just the beginning

How criticism can set you free

Criticism is a bitter pill to swallow—any kind of criticism. But criticism of your creative expression or outputs isn’t just hard to take—it can be slicing, demoralizing and potentially soul destroying. That’s if you allow your creative productions to be identified as an extension of yourself. Which, I’ve come to understand, is not always the wisest approach to take. Let’s just say there have been some tough, … Continue reading How criticism can set you free

Adventure is a state of mind

I used to think that travel was all there was to look forward to. Any job, situation or meeting held promise, situated as it was as snugly imminent to an upcoming travel adventure. Sometimes I still feel like that. That without cultural adventure and constant movement, life will somehow become too dull and predictable. That the lens of perception will start to wane from a borderless planetarium to a 6 … Continue reading Adventure is a state of mind