Alys Fowler writes beautifully in this memoir as she embarks on a series of microadventures in an inflatable pack-raft around the Birmingham canal network, unknowingly unraveling her very existence with every paddle. What I appreciated most about this book is that Fowler's adventures were something she fit in and around her current life. She grasped … Continue reading Book Review – Hidden Nature
Does your mind ever stop and take a break? Some days I wish I had a switch. Just like a radio. Where I could turn off the incessant ramblings of world news, current affairs, fretting about unfinished work, of meetings and endless to-do lists, of friends, family and loved ones, of inadequacies and inner demons... … Continue reading Is it time we all started to look up?
Do we unknowingly disrespect people by our actions? Ever sat in a meeting whilst responding to emails? Or sent a text whilst someone was talking to you? Some people may think that’s fine, others may not. Small uncivil actions can lead to much bigger problems and can really affect a business's bottom line. A TEDtalk … Continue reading Is ‘civility’ the answer to productivity and workplace wellness?
Ever took a risk on a new job and then thought, 'WTF have I just done?'. That was me a few months ago. When I took a risk on a new job that, despite being a great role and a great company, turned out to simply be the wrong fit. Nonetheless, I felt my world … Continue reading Feeling like a failure after a ‘career-blip’
Is it just me or has the 10,000 step challenge boomed in 2017? Or maybe it simply feels that way because I'm attempting said challenge myself and not one person I've talked to about it has said, 'what's that?'. Most people smile saying, 'me too!' and eagerly show me their step-tracking device. As far as I can … Continue reading Are you stepping your way into new habits?
Have you ever been in the company of someone that makes you feel like a better version of yourself? Where you feel truly worthy of their company like every word is absorbed and listened to whilst you drink in every last word they say too? That your common interests or opposing views are valued equally … Continue reading A better version of myself
Research from the University of Essex determined that a simple five-minute dose of nature can have a significantly positive effect on self-esteem and mental health. The study looked into over 1250 people, analysing their activities, such as fishing, cycling, horse-riding, walking and gardening. Stress and Mental Health With the increasing pressures on modern-day lifestyles, mental … Continue reading Boost your health in 5 minutes
Despite working as an ecologist, I spend the majority of my life tied to an office chair, with my eyes glued to a computer screen. When I am not there, it's dusk (or dawn) and I have my eyes glued to a tree or building feature awaiting the emergence or re-entry of a tiny bat that may … Continue reading Embarking on Wild Weekends