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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.

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 #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...

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.

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.

Weekly Challenge #30: make perfect Dulce de Leche

I'm spending a week in caramel heaven, learning how to make the perfect Dulce de Leche, which is a total Argentine classic.

How I conquered procrastination in just 1 week

Last week was Productivity Week for me. Not every Weekly Challenge delivers tangible and immediate benefits, but focusing on getting stuff done for just 1 week enabled me to find the techniques I needed to overcome procrastination once and for all. A problem with finishing First, let’s procrastinate for a minute with a (relevant) little...

Weekly Challenge #29: Poetry

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Seamus Heaney Following the recent passing of the incomparable Seamus Heaney, I felt a strong urge to spend some time reading poetry. That, dear reader, sounds like a Weekly Challenge! So this week I shall be reading 7 poets, wandering lonely...