Oct 18

October 2016 News

Super quick update today with two bits of news!

On Friday I’m performing at OneTrackMinds in London, an incredible storytelling night about songs that have changed people’s lives.

I’ll be telling a story with at least one joke in it, and a lot of vulnerability. OneTrackMinds Tickets available here.

Also, the wonderful Harriet from ‘The Scribble Bug’ has written the most delightful interview with me about Walking on Custard and what I’m doing next. Read the interview here.

Oct 07

Stop And Think About What You’ve Done

If you want to, that is.

You might remember something nice you did.

(If you find yourself not remembering nice things, my next suggestion is to do something else instead.)

This post has been brought to you by Friday afternoon mild boredom and being too lazy to open Twitter for what clearly should have been a tweet not a blogpost.

Sep 21

Why Am I Always Repeating the Same Problems Over and Over?

[May be relevant if you feel as if the same problems keep resurfacing in your life without ever being properly dealt with.]


Imagine that you’re untying a giant tangle made up of many, many pieces of coloured string.

(I have no idea why you might be doing this. Presumably you’re very bored.)


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Sep 07

Things I Was Going To Do But Didn’t

I’ve been travelling.

I had great plans to work while I travelled. I’ve done some, but mostly I’ve failed to be the super-productive me I envisioned. Staying on top of food, sleep, exercise, seeing people, seeing places, adventures AND work was always going to be hard.

I haven’t written several posts for this blog (albeit some are sorta drafted). I haven’t finished the draft of a book (although I’ve made progress). I haven’t sent my guaranteed-hilarious* mailing list email.

* not actually guaranteed

And you know what? The world isn’t ending.

I will have to catch up. But the level of guilty anxiety I’ve had over this perceived failure is – as usual – way out of proportion.

Especially when I step back and look at reality: I’ve done a LOT in a few weeks, especially considered I’ve had to handle some sad circumstances at home along with a few setbacks over here. If anything, I ought to be impressed with how I’ve handled everything, instead of beating myself up for failing to magic an extra five hours into every day to write a whole book as well.

Possibly there’s a wider lesson here, but as usual it’s the same lesson: changing my perspective by looking again at reality is very, very helpful.

Status update

“Your thoughts create your reality. Sounds like a lot of responsibility…”

Aug 08

Links II: Everything but the Kitchen Link

Got Links? by cogdogblog, on Flickr

All interesting things are connected.

Original Photo © Alan Levine, cogdog on Flickr.
CC BY 2.0

This semi-regular series of posts collects all the most interesting things I find on my travels around the internet.

Enjoy 🙂

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Jul 22

One Weird Trick For Getting Over Perfectionism

Today I’m too tired to write a proper post, so my cunning plan is “just not to”.

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Jul 09

The Gap Between Where We Are and What We Want

It seems fairly clear to me is that there’s often a gap between “what we have” and “what we want”.

If I were to accurately model this gap using Science(TM) and Art(TM) it’d look something like this:

gap 1

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Jun 10

Links I: A Link to the Vast

I come across lots of cool and interesting stuff on the internet, so I thought it’d be good to keep track of the very best things and share them here.

And so, welcome to the Inaugural Links Post. Enjoy!

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Jun 08

The One Answer to All Our Problems

Potash Road, Near Moab, Utah by Ken Lund, on Flickr

The end of the road is around the NEXT bend. For sure.

Original Photo © Ken Lund, kenlund on Flickr.
CC BY-SA 2.0

I want the answer.

The one, single answer which will solve all my problems.

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