Business, Freelance Life

The Main Question You Should Ask Yourself About Your Dream Job

Quit your day job and do what you want.

It’s screamed across the internet like a beacon of hope in a world of soulless corporate drudgery.

But I’m a realist, not an idealist, and like I’ve said many times before, sometimes running off into the sunset to live the dream doesn’t quite go to plan. Even if it does, you might not enjoy your dream life as much as you’d expected to.

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Freelance Life, Personal, Travel

The Weird Psychology Of Your Friends Being Present And Absent At The Same Time

The world has been getting smaller for a long time. Since we invented the motorcar, which made journeys between towns quicker to complete, it seems that humans have been trying to bridge the distance between their communities in new and exciting ways.

The internet, of course, is a perfect example of this. It’s now possible to watch a Turkish political coup unfold on Twitter; to live stream police violence in the USA to Facebook users around the world; to converse face to face with a friend who lives thousands of miles away via Skype.

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Business, Freelance Life, Investigation, La Vida Eclectica, Personal

“How Do You Fit It All In?” Like This.

People have always asked me how I manage to fit all the various things I do into my life. In the past, the answer was that I was a workaholic who could get by on four hours’ sleep a night.

Nowadays, however, I’m in my late twenties, and while that means I’m still young (right? RIGHT?!), it also means I’ve started making those little noises when I get out of chairs or bend to pick something up, and also that going to bed at a reasonable hour instead of stumbling drunkenly through the streets of Dalston at 3am seems like a perfectly good nighttime pursuit.

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Freelance Life, Travel

How To Make Yourself Work While You’re Travelling

I was in South Carolina. It was 34 degrees outside, which is the hottest I’ve ever been (I’m from Scotland, I’m not used to heat). The sun was shining and there was a glittering pool outside my window, and a giant golden sandy beach stretching for miles just across the road.

I was in Brussels. It was 20 degrees outside and on the way to the hotel I’d walked past several cafes that I wanted to try out. I was there for under 48 hours and I wanted to explore. I’d heard good things about the chocolate shops and the architecture.

I was in Dublin. It was neither 34 nor 20 degrees outside, but it was sunny and I knew there was a good whiskey place up the road. I also knew from prior experience that the Old Library at Trinity College is one of the most beautiful sights I’d ever seen, and I wanted to go back.

But I had to work. So I did. How?

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Freelance Life

Introducing Freelance Fridays!

Some of my favourite features on other people’s blogs are interviews with various people. Sarah does her ‘True Stories’ series, where people share interesting things about themselves. Caitlin does her ‘Vegan Traveller’ series, which documents people who travel whilst following a vegan diet.

So, in true blogger style, I thought I’d steal borrow the whole interview idea and set up my own interview series.

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Freelance Life

I quit a well-paid job to follow my passion and, uh, lost everything

This was originally going to be an interview in the ‘True Story‘ series on the lovely Sarah Von Bargen’s Yes And Yes blog. Don’t know her site? Go check it out.

However, after I sent back my answers, Sarah decided it’d be better to interview me over there about my job as a private investigator¬†instead, so I thought I’d post the original interview on here.

In this one, the questions are by Sarah Von Bargen, and the brutally honest answers are by me.

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