Self-care & how to stay nourished when working away

Self-care & how to stay nourished when working away

Two weeks after moving from Brighton to Manchester I find myself back down South for — two weeks. Two weeks seems to be my magic number at the moment. In fact, due to one thing and another, I won’t be living in Manchester for more than two weeks at a time until October. Right now […]

The freelance work week; on owning your time

The freelance work week; on owning your time

It has been sweltering hot. Today there is some respite, but my lovely flat that keeps me so warm in winter does little to provide respite from a heatwave. There is work to be done, but I feel tired from the heat-disturbed sleep and foggy headed from humidity. “If only I could take time off […]

April Happiness Project summary: Have I made my work work?

April Happiness Project summary: Have I made my work work?

This month’s Happiness Project theme ‘Making my work work’ has been a bit of a beast, and the resolutions perhaps not the most concrete to tackle. I think that’s okay though, because they’ve got me thinking about a lot of things. I haven’t magically transformed my work life, but I have started to clarify some things. […]

How do I create my definition? From sofa-slug to kitchen-disco-dancer-ninja.

How do I create my definition? From sofa-slug to kitchen-disco-dancer-ninja.

As I consider my Happiness Project resolution to ‘create my definition’ I’m thinking about the different ways in which we define ourselves. As Brené Brown’s quote about the challenge she faces when posed the question ‘what do you do?’ highlights, there are multiple ways we can describe who we are. “I’m a mom, partner, researcher, […]

Panic attacks, day jobs and effort where it really matters

Panic attacks, day jobs and effort where it really matters

It’s ironic, or perhaps apt, that the month where I focus on work has been the one where my body finally rebels against doing too much. I’ve been having what I assume to be panic attacks after filling my day to the brim or rushing around. In fact they’ve even been happening when I start […]