Is it Bad to Change Jobs Within 2 Years?

Recently a friend got the chance of a big promotion.  Although they weren’t 100% sure about the role, they dismissed this as the mind trying to talk her out of it, and so she took the opportunity.  Unfortunately, they ended up being stretched thinly across the team, struggling to compete with the demands of several … Continue reading Is it Bad to Change Jobs Within 2 Years?

What the UK Petrol “Shortage” Taught Me About the News

A couple of weeks ago...  A couple of weeks ago, I pulled into the forecourt of my local Asda petrol station.  This probably a piece of information of no interest, not even if I add that it was a dark Wednesday night following my gym session.  No none of this is the formula for a … Continue reading What the UK Petrol “Shortage” Taught Me About the News

8 Mile: The Powerful Psychological Trick Of Stealing Thunder

8 Mile is a 2002 drama, telling the story of Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr (played by Eminem) a working-class factory worker from Detroit.  The viewer experiences the struggles in his daily life, working a low paid job, and getting into scraps with a rival rap gang, and trying to launch a career in hip-hop, where … Continue reading 8 Mile: The Powerful Psychological Trick Of Stealing Thunder

How To Turn Failing Goals Around (That Actually Works…)

You’re in a situation where you find your goals aren’t going to the plan you set earlier in the year.  Don’t despair, it is possible to turn your failing goals around…  As we approach the last quarter of the year, I realise how little progress I’ve actually made with most of my goals.  It’s a … Continue reading How To Turn Failing Goals Around (That Actually Works…)

The Introverts Guide To Survive The First Year At University

The first day…  “What the hell have I let myself in for?...”  Here I was, a quiet, shy, introvert, living his first day, of the university experience – and I hated it…  I’d left my safe boring job, and my safe quiet home, to move into a pokey student terrace house sharing the space with … Continue reading The Introverts Guide To Survive The First Year At University

6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty

It’s so long since I was anywhere near my twenties, that the digits on my birth certificate are much closer to the forty mark, rather the days of discovery and lack of responsibility.  During those ten years I did a lot of dumb things, some I regret.  But in reflection I also did things I enjoyed, … Continue reading 6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty

Keep Calm and Stay Awesome

“Good morning.  How are you?” is a pretty standard greeting.  Usual etiquette is to provide a pretty neutral response, with platitude returning that you too care about the feelings of the individual posing the question”  “Yeah, not too bad, how about you?...”  Once I worked under a guy who always used to respond with a … Continue reading Keep Calm and Stay Awesome

Thank You / When Life Gets In The Way

Thank You... It all started with a blog... Seven years ago I combined two desires together - my new drive to have ambitions, with one of these goals - my aspiration to setup a regular writing habit. I never quite knew where it would take me. Now we are in the present, the first month … Continue reading Thank You / When Life Gets In The Way

2 Poems That Changed My Life

Poetry has the power to change how you see life, a finely crafted piece of prose digs deep into your psyche, stirring up emotions as you compose your thoughts and meaning to words scribbled down on a page.  I wanted to share two poems from Charles Bukowski, which are special to me due to how … Continue reading 2 Poems That Changed My Life

Is This It?

In 2001 I left school to start working a job.  Within three months I’d mastered the basics, knowing I was doing ‘enough’ not to get fired.  Soon I started to wake up every morning thinking:  “Is this it?”  With a fear of not doing anything worthwhile in my life I enrolled in adult education classes, … Continue reading Is This It?

Old Town – Old Memories

This week... This week I’ve been putting in motions to organise a reunion with old friends.  This is a long delay, not just due to lockdown restrictions which have been in place over the past year, but also a reluctance on my part to find the motivation to put the movements to actually organise a … Continue reading Old Town – Old Memories

A Manifesto: Starting Your Fitness Journey

Twenty years ago I was invited to join my workplace football.  This was nothing too serious, just an informal kick around, but by the time I was finished I was coughing up the air trying to gather precious breaths.  Yeah, I was never much of an athlete at school but I didn’t quite realise how … Continue reading A Manifesto: Starting Your Fitness Journey