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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...
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...

Weekly Challenge #18: extreme sports

As my travels in South America have this week conveniently brought me to the home of extreme sports in Colombia, San Gil, I’ve decided to spend Weekly Challenge #18 trying a couple of the different extreme sports thrills on offer here. Sometimes travel can throw up these odd opportunities… Having a dabble with thrill-seeking might...

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...

The Pacific Coast Highway stole my week

Sometimes you can strive so hard for something that you don’t even realise when it’s staring you in the face. By committing to writing this blog during a year of uncertainty and novelty, I’ve effectively set the challenge of not only living a year in flux, but documenting it as well. Clearly there are going...

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...

Why I hate backpacking

If you seriously thought I could become a blissed-out backpacker just by the act of donning a pack, travel itinerary and tight budget, you were wrong. Part of the problem is that backpackers really get on my wick – I can’t be the only one, can I? Vampire My biggest problem isn’t with backpackers, but...

Why I love backpacking

The so-called Flux life I’ve been dreaming of and writing about since this blog began has taken off in a big way this week. So packed has it been, that recounting the facts to you is liable to sound something like a Flux-inflected Craig David ditty. So don your dodgy facial hair and UK R&B...

Week 3 roundup: planes, trains and automobiles

Waving goodbye to our worldly possessions (in a cold storage centre in South London) was a bit strange, but neither my wife nor I were sad to be heading off for 6 months with just our carry-on packs.

Travel: what we planned and how

In the third of my weekly flux challenges I’ve charged myself with becoming a backpacker. Some of this took forward planning, so I want to fill in some backstory and explain why I’m writing this from a freezing cold Chicago. I hate FAQs, but it is a convenient format in this case… Where are you...