It's my 40th birthday in January! I'm feeling pretty good about it. There was a time (not too long ago) when I would've lamented all the ways in which my life isn't the way I'd imagined it would be at 40. I've no kids, I'm not married, and I'm not minted. Younger me knew these … Continue reading 40 things for 40
This post was written for my beloved coworking community, Tribe Porty in Portobello, Edinburgh in Scotland. Why is it that co-working at Tribe is so very pleasant? It’s because we’re all a bit in love with each other… I’m not talking about secret trysts and unrequited infatuation; it’s what psychologist Dr Barbara Fredrickson calls ‘positivity resonance’. … Continue reading For the love of coworking
Why is it so important to feel like we're doing what's truly in line with ourselves? Because doing so makes us feel incredible and leads us to perform at our best. To live life well, Aristotle said we must "strain every nerve to live in accordance with the best thing in us". In other words, we … Continue reading Be You
Is work a means to an end, or a means in itself? While the answer to that question might depend on a whole slew of factors, in the end it's those who see work as a calling that have a much better time of it. According to Amy Wrzesniewski, professor in organisational psychology at Yale University, … Continue reading Unhappy at work? Change it!
What should I be doing with my life? It's the school leaver's question, the quarter- and mid-life crisis question, and possibly the question you ask most days. But what the hell is the answer?! Some lucky folk find their way into just the right kind of career for them, and any dips in enthusiasm along … Continue reading Freelance revolution
We underestimate the seriousness of boredom. We think children are ‘just whining’ when they complain of boredom. Bored adults are ‘lazy’, ‘unimaginative’ or ‘hyperactive’. If generous, we sympathise with the experience of boredom as we would a mild toothache that’ll pass. Yet boredom is a known threat to wellbeing. Nothing makes that clearer than considering … Continue reading Intolerable boredom