What Being An Open-Mic Comic Taught About Fearing Failure…

"Something I always wanted to try was stand-up comedy..." Something I always wanted to try was stand-up comedy, for a long time I spent a lot of time researching, reading books on the profession and watching a diverse range of comics to inspire my act. From there, I began lurking on stand-up forums sourcing promoters who were offering … Continue reading What Being An Open-Mic Comic Taught About Fearing Failure…

What Learning Mandarin Taught Me About Persistence

“John, what is the word for mouse?” Teesside John, pauses, he’s sat behind me in the lecture hall so I don’t actual get to see his body language, but I sense his discomfort as he stumbles to try and answer a question he doesn’t actually know the answer to. The sound of his voice stutters, … Continue reading What Learning Mandarin Taught Me About Persistence

Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity

Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity We all have good weeks and bad weeks. When I worked in the Child Protection unit, I was overseen by my incompetent manager Lesley. And she absolutely despised me! These types of managers were dime a dozen during my time in local … Continue reading Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity

Fearing the future

Ricky the temp is being his usual sassy self.  I am in an adult job now, but his bitchy manner to me feels like bullying.  All because I don’t want to divulge my sex life at work. For some reason he uses this as an opportunity to have a dig at me at every opportunity.  Normally a temp would … Continue reading Fearing the future

Fearing the gym

I read a number of blogs about many peoples first experiences with the gym, or from the perspective of someone who has lived a unhealthy lifestyle and is trying to find a new way. Many of these are the fears they have - that people are looking down on them because of how they look, … Continue reading Fearing the gym