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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.

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.
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....

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...
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 time from their epic journey...

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...

Raw food diet: confronting a complicated relationship with food

Ah, the raw food diet: holy grail for dieters, vegans and Guardian readers everywhere. I spent a week on a raw food diet whilst traveling in Costa Rica and survived to tell the tale, but not without stark realisations about my own relationship with food… Food confession #1: fear of hunger I have a confession...

How not to learn to surf

My 15th weekly challenge (yeesh where has the time gone) involved spending some time flailing around in the pacific ocean waves at Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, trying to learn how to surf. The reasons I chose surfing as a Weekly Challenge are obvious – it’s cool and exhilarating with a dash of danger, pretty much...

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...

Double down week: surfing and dieting

This week I’m actually attempting two conflicting challenges: to eat only raw (unprocessed, uncooked) food, and to learn how to surf. The two challenges conflict, to me, because learning a new diet puts me in a fragile state, and surfing (from my little experience) requires my fittest, strongest, best, most energetic self. Why attempt them...

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....