In January this year I wrote a newsletter to my network explaining that I would be changing my modus operandi a little, mostly for health reasons. My aim was to lighten my workload “to make my work and life almost indistinguishable from each other”. But try as I might, the universe wouldn’t bend to my will. Instead of having the luxury of time to build a new lifestyle website I was scrambling to make ends meet.Read More
I realise I was just pretending to be a minimalist. My old home looked spacious butRead More
Be careful what you wish for - you may get it!
For ages I've wanted to live in a tiny house and next month my wish will be granted. It's not an off-grid tiny shed on wheels,or a converted container set amongst trees, but a tiny suburban apartment. I’ve sold my house and am moving cities in April.Read More
On 4 February I began another behaviour challenge - this time I joined a couple of friends who were going low carb. On 14 February I realised it wasn't working for me so decided to reverse the experiment and go back to my normal diet for the next 10 days.Read More
it’s kind of like I’m sharing a house with a random group of ex-convicts, desperately trying to convince myself that even if they aren’t fully reformed, I will somehow be insulated against the consequences.Read More
At first I wasn’t sure - about low carb diets [I’m not a nutritional expert] and about going straight from one challenge to another [nor am I a masochist] so I didn’t commit on February 1.
But then I thought - why not? If you can try something you’re not sure you can do, and you set it up in a way that makes you very likely to succeed, why wouldn’t you? It’s only going to have benefits.Read More
So would I do it again? Yes - in a heartbeat! Would I recommend it? Yes - it's good to realise that you're not dependent on a psychological crutch like alcohol to be stress-free or sociable.Read More
The most refreshing thing was that there was no need to think about how much I’d drunk - whether one more would make me garrulous rather than chatty, or inappropriate rather than relaxed.Read More
When you work from home it’s the 5pm wine you treasure - the signal that your work is done for the day. And of all the 5pm wines you drink, it’s the Friday night end of the week wine that is the greatest of them all.Read More
Sorry to geek out on you . . . but self-experimentation is a good skill to have if you want to make changes in your life and it can be critical sometimes to know exactly what causes what. This is the point where I should get all science jargony and say something like “and don’t forget: correlation isn’t causation!” - but I’m not going to do that.Read More
This is what inspired me: "I have to tell you that you will feel SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN by the end of week two. I was sleeping so much better, my brain was firing on all cylinders, I was getting all my to-do lists done, my mood was sky-high. . . "Read More
. . . whether you’re in the snowy north or the warmer southern regions of the world, have yourself a Raglan Christmas. Don’t make it a big production and stress yourself out . . . do make time to play . . . take the time off that you're entitled to - you do deserve it. . . and enjoy your life.Read More
Having a well made life is both a goal AND a process because when you want to change, it really helps if you love doing the small thing that leads to the big thing.Read More
Three things that I thought I’d never ever get on top of: my weight, my level of tidyness and organisation and crucially, my ability to prioritise work and life and avoid ‘busy work’ have grown enormously in the past 12 months. Thanks to two people. . . .Read More