1 year living outside the comfort zone
1 man, 1 completely new thing a week
1 career break with a difference!
Pre flux

Laying the foundations for MYIF

Previous posts on this blog have only hinted at exactly *how* I am planning to embrace the flux. The next paragraph or two will give you a sense of preliminary plans, including my weekly challenge and an eye-wateringly exciting journey across the Americas. Stopping working Work just gets in the way sometimes doesn’t it? On 1 Mar...

Origin of Flux: one list to rule them all

Every story has a beginning. You’re reading this because you’re either thinking about taking a similar path OR you’re looking for insight, because you can’t understand why someone would throw away lots of good things in favour of lots of unknowns. Of course, there is a third option, you might just be getting vicarious kicks...

10 reasons Flux will fail

With just ten days to go until I officially begin My Year In Flux, it seems like the perfect time to pick up on some recent smart thinking from one of my favourite blogs, 99U, and conduct a quick ‘pre-mortem’, exploring ten reasons why this life experiment is sure to fail: 1) Lack of planning...

Today is not your Groundhog Day

Two films I watched in the last week, Groundhog Day and This Is 40, reminded that, as with so many things in life, the traditional Hollywood narrative can be severely misleading when it comes to self improvement.

Why age doesn’t matter

In an age where digital nomads flourish and pension plans crumble, it feels like the genie is finally coming out of the bottle: age doesn’t matter as much as it used to. Either that or I’m just getting older…and starting to see genies…. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind,...
Learning a language is brain food

Learning a language is brain food

As I counted down the months, weeks and days to My Year In Flux, I found myself feverishly casting around for displacement activity to which I could apply myself. Of the several new hobbies which have kept the madness at bay, the most rewarding by far was learning a new language from scratch. Then I...
If Affleck can do it, anyone can do it

If Affleck can do it, anyone can do it

It’s official – Ben Affleck has survived his years in flux and emerged as a fully-formed mainstream Hollywood director with major awards to boot. Watching Affleck striding around clutching major directorial awards at the BAFTAs just three weeks before I enter my own self-imposed flux felt extremely poignant – this isn’t the usual boom-and-bust celebrity...

4 reasons I’m blogging My Year In Flux

The last thing the world needs is another blog. I decided if I couldn’t clearly reason out my choice to publicly document my year in flux, I shouldn’t do it. So here are the chief reasons why I’m writing here

What is My Year In Flux?

My Year In Flux is a one year, no-turning-back experiment to see if, by dismissing almost every stable element in life and starting again, it is possible to take control, reboot, and convert a potentially messy midlife crisis into a glorious new beginning. It might sound like the basis of a corny self help book...

It all begins on Fri 1 Mar 2013

Though the blog has launched, the dream doesn’t begin until Friday 1 March, but keep checking back, I’ll be posting some stuff in my final days as a ‘real’ person before I enter the nether world of flux. If you’re still here, have a look at Start Here which gives you a better idea of...