1 year living outside the comfort zone
1 man, 1 completely new thing a week
1 career break with a difference!
Taking a year off was the best decision I ever made

Taking a year off was the best decision I ever made

Today marks one year since I gave up my job, home and cosy social world. That was a hard move for a borderline-workaholic materialistic socialite. 365 days on, my approach to life has changed completely.
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Traveling the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia is, at times, a bruising, spartan experience; but the 3-4 day jeep tour (which has become Bolivia’s number 1 tourist attraction) also exposes you to breathtaking sights, as natural wonder after natural wonder drifts past the window of your dusty, uncomfortable...
How I overcame Impostor Syndrome

How I overcame Impostor Syndrome

This piece over at Cyclone Life about Impostor Syndrome reminded me that I’d been meaning to write something on the subject for a while. Before My Year In Flux began I suffered from Impostor Syndrome (that feeling of being a dummy who is fraudulently out-of-his-depth and about to be discovered...
Flux heroes #3: The Amazing Genner family

Flux heroes #3: The Amazing Genner family

In the third of the occasional flux heroes series, I´d like you to meet the Genner family. They have an EXTRAORDINARY story to tell. I first met Steve, Pippa and their two boys Henry and Charlie whilst I was preparing for the Inca Trail and they were taking some down...
Turtle conservation in Costa Rica: escapism at its best

Turtle conservation in Costa Rica: escapism at its best

Turtle conservation in Costa Rica. Yes, I have saved leatherback turtles. Now this is the kind of week I had in mind when My Year In Flux began and I took the decision to undertake a new challenge every seven days, journeying to a remote, electricity-free (sounds as good as...
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Weekly Challenge #37: sew

I've never picked up a needle and thread in anger, but this week I'm heading to Craft Corner again to see if I can use my meat plate hands to sew something beautiful.

I came, I saw, I conquered bookbinding

In a world of ebooks, it was super-satisfying to make a real book using traditional bookbinding techniques. Just look at the results!

Weekly Challenge #36: bookbinding

Despite being a galumphing left-hander, this week I'm going to prove the naysayers wrong, as I learn to produce beautiful handmade books.

Weekly Challenge #35: achieve nothing

This week I plan to achieve absolutely zilch. This won't be an easy challenge for a self-confessed achievement addict.

Weekly Challenge #34: devise new political system

Following Russell Brand’s recent call for a revolution, I’ll be spending the next seven days devising an alternative way of managing a sovereign nation. We’ve had monarchism, totalitarianism and parliamentism, but today I begin work on a new ruling system which is fit for the demands of a 21st Century country like Britain. It won’t...

Recovering in the UK

After nearly 8 months on the road, I’m back in the UK for the final chapter of My Year In Flux, and while I get over the jet lag, Brazilian sunburn (oh er), and general malaise of being back in wintery Britain, I’m taking a few days off. Flux will return next week with a...

Weekly Challenge #33: digital detox

Phones down, email away, internet begone. I'm going digital-free for one week.

How to make the perfect homemade Dulce de Leche

Cooking for the love of cooking is a real luxury. Last week I spent 7 trying to perfect this tooth-achingly delicious Argentinian classic caramel spread, Dulce de Leche.

Weekly Challenge #32: Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is the penultimate stop on a 7 month journey which has brought me all the way from Canada to one of the 7 wonders of the world.

A Tango odyssey: 1 week to learn tango

As we glided across the floor, I looked down into my wife's eyes and smiled. "We're dancing the Tango in a Buenos Aires Tango club", I whispered. We giggled in disbelief. Thanks to Tango week, I had completed another experience that I NEVER would have tried without My Year In Flux.

Get your brain in gear: 4 Brain Training tips you can try in the shower

During my Brain Training Weekly Challenge I started to get my brain in shape. Now I’m so incandescently bright (and smug about it) I’m going to show you exactly how I got there. Okay, it’s obviously not that simple, but with life expectancy soaring and pension funds crashing, one thing is for sure: we can...

Weekly Challenge #31: Tango

This week I'll be immersing myself in the world of Tango, and I'll be doing it in Buenos Aires, the spiritual home of Tango.