Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #7

The latest instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do.  Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #7”

Personal

What’s Your Happiest Memory?

A while ago, Tom Being Tom wrote a post called What’s Your Happiest Memory? It sounds like a simple question, but when I tried to answer it I realised it was harder than it seemed.

Picking through the images my brain was throwing at me, I found myself wondering what I meant by ‘happy’ anyway. There are different kinds of happiness, and they’re all valuable in their own ways, but some are more appealing than others.  Continue reading “What’s Your Happiest Memory?”

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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Travel

You know what else Brussels does well? Everything.

Part one here, in which I discuss Brussels’ excellent shopping options.

But it’s not just shops that make Brussels a fantastic place to visit. It’s… well, everything.

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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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