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The joys of job hunting

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I’m currently on a sabbatical: spending three months in the USA with my in-laws. I’m extremely lucky to be able to leave my job knowing I have the savings to cover us while we prioritise family. However, I am mindful that I need to line something up for when I return to the UK and as such I’ve been poking around job websites and trying to figure out what’s next. Job...

Slow travel: give the universe a chance to smile

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We have started our journey. I am a big proponent of slow travel. If I can take a boat or train instead of an aeroplane, I will. This is partly about the environment, of course, but it’s also to take the stress out of travel. What good is a holiday if the day before and the day after are spent stewing in stress? When I have to take an aeroplane–such as on this journey–I take my...

How to deal with a distractable mind

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We are less than two weeks away from three months of travel, and my brain has been in overdrive. That’s understandable, but it’s been a long week where I have found it exceptionally hard to focus! And in the modern day, there are so many thousands of justifiable distractions that it can be easy to find yourself jumping about aimlessly. So, how do you deal with a distractable mind...

Valentine’s Day Gift guide (for people on a budget)

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My Christmas Gift Guide for people on a budget was a hit, so I thought I would remake it for a new holiday! Introducing: a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (for people on a budget). First up: the purpose of a valentine’s day gift is to show affection and love. You can do that without spending a single penny! The best valentine’s day gifts demonstrate a couple of things: That you know...

Website refresh: simpler & faster, with a little hint of cinnamon

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Happy Friday folks! I am doing a little refresh of the website, making it a little simpler and a little faster. The layout is from ThemeForest. I wanted the focus to be on the content, and less on the graphics and wizzy bits and pieces. After all, you aren’t here to admire my logo, you’re here to receive my hard-won wisdom, right? I will also be refreshing a few popular posts over the...

Who is Green Party Women for?

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Recently, a friend of mine linked the responses to questions at a Hustings for the GPW (Green Party Women) which sadly reflected a wider conflict that is tearing apart plenty of purportedly feminist groups. This conflict centres on the question what is a woman? It sounds like a simple question but like all deceptively simple questions about identity it contains a wealth of complicating and...

The Convenience Factor

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I am getting my booster shot today. In my previous city, I only had to walk 15 minutes or so down the road to reach the vaccination site. In my new city, I have to travel for around an hour. A lot of scratching my head over Google Maps eventually yielded a 20 minute walk, a train journey, and another 30 minute walk as being the most efficient route. I did briefly flirt with the idea of using an...

The physicality of virtual space

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Since moving, we have had some issues with the internet. Every now and then our connection would drop for seemingly no reason. Speeds were slow. And our phone line (yes, we have a landline phone) would sound full of static and crackle. We called our ISP and they took us through a rigmarole of diagnostics; unplugging the router and plugging it back in, connecting to the test socket, using a...

A life reboot

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I started a new (temporary) job this week. My first day I went into the office, which meant I got to enjoy something I haven’t done in a long time: commute. I am lucky enough to be able to commute by train, but of course, commuting by public transport in December has a (chilly) downside. Luckily, warm clothing and waterproofs can go a long way! November has felt like a full life reboot. I...

How to deal with transitions in life

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Transitions are inevitable in life. From the moment we emerge squalling into the world to the moment we shuffle off this mortal coil, we are faced with times of growth and change. Some changes are sudden and devastating; the death of a close friend or loved one or the sudden loss of a job. These whip through our life with the force of a hurricane, leaving grief in its wake. Other transitions are...

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