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 #24: learn Coin magic

I will be attempting to learn Coin Magic over the next 7 days, and by the end of the week I hope to palming my way to riches. Magic was on my list of potential Weekly Challenges right from the beginning of My Year In Flux because conjuring has fascinated me from a very early...

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...

Weekly Challenge #23: mental photography

Mental Photography is the second of the two new challenges I’m undertaking this week. As with the brain training Memory Challenge, it has to do with improving brain function through precise, active use of the old grey cells. I’ll definitely be more brainy by the end of the week…if that’s even possible What is Mental...

Weekly Challenge #22: brain training

Memory is the subject of the first of my two brain training challenges during this Mental Week. Between now and Sunday, I am aiming to considerably improved the health of my mind with some simple brain training. I’m also attempting some Mental Photography, but that’s another story. After all, there’s no point in trying something...

Mental week: improve the mind with two brain training challenges

Following 7 days acclimatising-for-and-walking the Inca Trail in Peru last week, I collapsed in an exhausted heap and completely forgot to set a new Weekly Challenge. Come to mention it, I’ve also forgotten the last few hostels I stayed in during my recent month in Colombia…heck, I can barely remember what I had for breakfast...

Weekly Challenge #21 Walk the Inca Trail

This week I am in Peru to take on the mighty Inca Trail. 4 days of gruelling uphill hiking, giddy altitude and freezing temperatures, with one incredible prize at the top: the ancient Incan city of Machu Pichu. Image courtesy of Alfredo Miguel Romero Sure, Peru’s Inca Trail to Machu Pichu might be the most...

5 lifestyle design heroes who prove you CAN have it all

Forget 9-to-5 drudgery, pensions and 2 week holidays. This post is for anyone who believes that it is possible to build a healthy, wealthy lifestyle around what makes YOU happy, and nothing else. Welcome to the world of lifestyle design… When My Year In Flux began I had no idea what I was doing. I...

Weekly Challenge #20: Fear audit

Fear, is good (as Gordon Gecko might have said if he’d been talking to investors in the current financial climate). To achieve anything meaningful, I believe we have to first step outside the comfort zone and feel the heat of fear and uncertainty. In those binary, sink-or-swim moments, we’re at our most potent. This week,...

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...

Weekly Challenge #19: write a business plan a day

Is it possible to write a new business plan a day for 7 days? No, but it’s possible to write a 1 page outline, and by the end of the week, I plan to have written 7 of them, As the 20th weekiversary of my Weekly Challenges approaches, I’ve taken the controversial decision to dip...

How to increase your reading speed

How many books will you read before you die? A close friend who reads A LOT of books recently unnerved me with some startling insight. I’ve realised I literally haven’t got enough time left to get through all the books I want to read before I die Jolted into action by such a morbid and...

Raw food diet: how did it go?

Raw food diet: the reality For my Weekly Challenge #14 I embarked upon a week of eating nothing but raw food. This challenge was a simple but great way to step outside the comfort zone, and as usual, the reality was far removed from any deep seated fears of the unknown, which in this case...