I can’t remember when I discovered that introversion was a thing. It wasn’t widely recognised during my childhood. But what was recognised was being different. Children were expected to behave in a certain way in social contexts. I was under 5 when it was noted that I did not behave that way. In nursery classes I was shy and would head to a corner of … Continue reading Introspective
The latest contradictory message from the government came with new proposals to reduce obesity. This was hot on the heels of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out‘ plan, encouraging us to go to restaurants in August with a 50% discount incentive. Lose weight, but also eat steak and chips. Stay alert! It’s confusing stuff, considering most of us have experienced hardship this year ranging from … Continue reading Body neutral
We’re in a remote working revolution driven by a pandemic. Thank you 2020. But what does the future of working hold for us? Are things getting better or worse? Office life Like many I’ve spent years working in offices. The first one was a concrete cube on the Hanger Lane gyratory, a massive roundabout in West London. I learned how to navigate office life there … Continue reading Working in the future
I’m angry. It feels good to say it. I only register a small amount of guilt for this unlikeable, unfeminine emotion. Maybe one day I’ll have none. This year I’ve spoken to people in senior jobs where I needed to enlist their specialist skills. These were not just senior professionals but leading, highly paid professionals. Men at the top. And my experiences left me questioning … Continue reading Am I the expert?
During lockdown I wanted to keep my mind busy with learning. I need not have worried that I’d be bored since I still had a demanding full-time job, but gaps did start to open up where I would previously be out and about. In those new hours was a chance to explore personal interests. One of these was an online course on The Science of … Continue reading The science of happiness
There has been a lot of talk of when and if things will go back to normal. I find myself questioning normal. It seems a narrow way to live at the best of times. The pursuit of normal may be unhelpful. Before the pandemic, I got on the underground train most days for work. I’ve been doing that one way or another for 17 years, … Continue reading What is normal?
I know I’m not alone. The past few weeks have seen us all go from worrying about the daily minutiae – what’s for dinner tonight, have I paid that bill, should I book a holiday – to being overwhelmed and engulfed by the global Coronavirus pandemic. It confirms my belief that there is always a list of worries and we simply prioritise them according to … Continue reading Little and big worries
I signed up for the F45 challenge, in a bid to put fitness on my agenda. Self-improvement is where its at these days. We always have to be working towards goals. F45 combines a number of trends: pursuing a fit and lean body, in a bootcamp, under time pressure. I feel tired just thinking about it. The marketing for F45 is visual. People are a ‘before’ … Continue reading On self-improvement
Does anyone else remember seeing the school nurse? It was a feature of school days, where as children we’d be checked over for medical issues of the day and headlice (pretty sure this is still an issue for kids?) When the ‘nit nurse’ wasn’t combing through my hair whilst I prayed nothing was living it in, she was checking my height and weight. As a … Continue reading Doctor vs. Google
This year, as I wrote previously, I vowed to do more exercise. I swim, jog and walk when I can, but working in a sedentary job makes the effects negligible. And with interests like reading, writing and watching films, I’m more than likely to be found on my sofa in any spare time I get. I like being lazy and cosy. Add to that the … Continue reading Rethinking the language of fitness