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Weekly Challenge #28: productivity

This Weekly Challenge is now COMPLETE. Yay! To see How I Conquered Procrastination in just 1 week, take a wander over here. Productivity. Getting stuff done. Mono-tasking without monotony. Making ideas happen. Behind almost every success story is a system, and the system usually addresses the thorny issue of productivity. I mean, come on, haven’t...

Weekly Challenge #27: live like a Gaucho

For our second week in Argentina, we headed south west of Buenos Aires to volunteer on an Estancia (Argentinian ranch) set in the remote, flat, endless pampas. With my wife being the world’s biggest horse fan it was an opportunity for her to see how horses live in this gaucho (cowboy) culture. For me, the...
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....

Weekly Challenge #26: become a wine connoisseur

This Weekly Challenge is now complete, to see how I got on in Mendoza, including my discovery of the mythical ‘wine duvet’ have a look at this hilarious post. To celebrate arriving at the Weekly Challenge half way point in My Year In Flux, I’m going to pop some celebratory corks, sniff a few fruity...

Rise of the photo zombies

Following a week experimenting with Mental Photography, I’m here to deliver the inconvenient truth: we spend too much time with chunks of plastic and glass in front of our faces. Forget the imminent threats of environmental catastrophe and economic meltdown, it’s the camera we should be worried about. For while our backs have been turned,...
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...

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...

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...

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...
Listen, and the world begins to makes sense

Listen, and the world begins to makes sense

Listen. Stop. Close your eyes, then really listen. Now rinse and repeat for at least 10 minutes every day. I carried out this simple listening exercise for one week, and now I’m in love with listening. Here’s why… Breathing and listening Since investing some time in exploring a little zen breath meditation, inspired by this...

52 Weekly challenges – help!

As a mainstay of My Year In Flux, I’m devoting each of my 52 flux weeks to a different challenge – this ensures that, come what may, My Year In Flux will see 52 new skills/experiences attempted and documented – and I need your help to decide what these challenges will be. I have no...
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...