1 year living outside the comfort zone
1 man, 1 completely new thing a week
1 career break with a difference!
Thoughts on Flux
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.
6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

Half a year ago today my wife and I hit the pause button on our careers, waved goodbye to everything and began our quest for a new lifestyle. For me it also signalled the beginning of My Year In Flux, and today is the half way point in this, my life experiment of a lifetime....
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 as a charlatan at any...

Plan your dreams, don’t pipe them: 7 steps

If ever there was a time to stop procrastinating and start road-testing your dreams, it’s NOW. Heck, it was always NOW, wasn’t it, we just got a little sidetracked. Most people I know find so many different reasons not to seize the day and act, so their pipe dreams remain firmly in the pipeline, then...

Why are we all addicted to a fast food diet of fear?

Dabbling in extreme sports made me realise that fear is an essential tool for the journey of personal development. Thanks to Weekly Challenge #18, white water rafting and paragliding are two thrilling new experiences I can tick off my list, but they made me realise that most of us are hooked on a fast food...

Rusty spoon syndrome: changing personality traits

If you could change one or two personality traits in exchange for a happier life, would you? Of course you would. Now here is the same question loaded in a more practical way: if you pinpointed one characteristic you disliked, would you actually be able to get rid of it? Maybe, but for most of...

3 easy steps to personal growth

After 3 months of my journey, I’ve worked out that living in flux is thrusting me along a path of self-development, and that makes me very happy indeed! Here I’m sharing the conclusions from my journey so far, as 3 easy steps to personal growth that you can try yourself. There are no shortcuts in...

How many times did you step outside your comfort zone today?

How many times did you step outside your comfort zone today? The longer I continue with a 40 litre pack strapped to my sweaty back, the more merits I see to this traveling lifestyle, particularly when it comes to living in flux, because pretty much every day I find myself thrust outside my comfort zone....

Did you choose your hero, or did they choose you?

The old adage ‘you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family’ has, I’m sure, resonated for all of us at some time, whether it’s watching a drunken namesake cavorting at the dregs of a wedding or the tumour of tetchy-ness that grows during prolonged Christmas holiday gatherings. This week led me to...

Weekly Challenge #7: Swing Dancing

After failing at my Chess Challenge in week 6, I took up swing dancing for a week. If I had thought hard about this challenge in advance, I would have considered anything that involved dancing as punishment, not just for me, but for everyone involved! Perhaps it could be penance for failing at chess the...

Top 40 pet peeves I can do without

As part of my weekly challenge to straighten up, fly right and smile more, I’ve listed my all-time, top 40 most petty pet-peeves. By declaring them here, I hope to begin the process of purging my malevolent minutiae and starting on the road to being a sunnier, better person. Warning: here be dragons Some of...

Breath better, live better: what I’ve learned from 1 month in flux

I often have short periods where I become fixated with breathing. It usually comes on after watching The Sopranos, where Tony’s heavy respiratory system often gets a starring role, which in turn makes me acutely aware of my own breathing. How often do you think about the act of breathing? It is an essential process undertaken roughly...