I rarely talk about my actual life on this site. So today, an update.
In short, it’s fine.
But, in long, there are two big projects to update you on:
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.
Update: The talk is out! Check it out here after reading the story below.
Saturday was a huge day for me!
I’ve finally made the switch to almond milk, and reduced my dairy intake. It’ll be interesting to see what effect this has on my morning digestion.
Also, I gave a TED talk at TED X Leamington Spa!
My talk was all about anxiety. And custard, naturally.
I had ambitious plans for it. I wanted to get across the importance of openness about our struggles, both for our own benefit and for others.
I wanted to paint an overall picture of the journey from anxiety to less-anxiety, while sharing some mind management strategies.
And I wanted it to be as funny as possible, while not detracting from the seriousness of what I was talking about. Easy, right?
As an experiment, I’m running a book giveaway over on Goodreads.
For the next 24 hours you can enter for a chance to win a free, signed copy of Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life. Enter below!
And please – share this post and tell your friends!
All the usual Goodreads giveaway rules apply so check those out if you’re not already aware. (And the personalisation will be a handwritten message to the name supplied via the winning goodreads account.)
(If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already heard of it, but if not… In short, it’s a comedy book about anxiety. Click here to learn more.)
At the time, I had no idea if I could write a book.
Or if I did somehow manage to write one, I was deeply unsure that it would be any good.
As you’ve probably noticed, my inner critic is fairly active. And even though he got featured in the book, he often popped up while I was writing to undermine my morale and make me feel like the situation was hopeless.
Inner critic: “Featured” in your stupid book?! I was the best bit!
And so my search began for helpful distractions…
Anxiety United have posted their latest podcast episode, centred around an interview with me about the upcoming release of Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life!
It was a really fun chat, and we got into discussion of mental health issues in general, as well as swapping some stories about our own experiences with anxiety.
And, listening back, I don’t even hate the sound of my own voice too much!
Inner critic: Shame everything you said was terrible, though.
Ignore my inner critic. I had fun making the episode, which is the main thing!
You can listen to it all here, as well as checking out all the other excellent content Anxiety United have going.