What nail-biting taught me about life

I’ve struggled with nail-biting for over 20 years. I don’t know when it began, but there’s a home video of me nibbling away at my sister’s baptism – I was five. I could never pin down exactly why I bit my nails. My mum theorised that it might be stress. Another potential explanation was boredom. All I knew was that if there was any white … Continue reading What nail-biting taught me about life

SUITS & empowerment

Series 7 of American law drama series Suits is currently airing on Netflix. I recommend watching it. (Power through the less interesting couple of middle series; the first few and last 2 are worth it.) Spoilers ahead! Why? The corporate buzz, the office politics, the loyalties, the plays for power, the deals cut, the secrets leveraged, the main characters’ indefatigable ‘There is no way we … Continue reading SUITS & empowerment

How to overcome low motivation

There have been two periods in my life where I’ve suffered from severely low motivation. Both times, I have been faced with either indefinite or seemingly indefinitely long periods of free time, with very few commitments. Both times, I needed to use that free time to further a long-term goal. I like to think I’m quite driven and self-motivated, but what I found myself doing … Continue reading How to overcome low motivation

Objectifying your dreams

A few months ago I oh-so-dramatically announced my temporary retirement from the corporate world in favour of a masters in philosophy. I was aware of the strong millennial trends to #quityourjob, #dowhatyoulove and #pursueyourdream, but I’d like to think I wasn’t influenced by them too strongly. To briefly and blandly describe the reasons for this life decision, (1) I wanted some formal education in the … Continue reading Objectifying your dreams

Structures of Desire (Part 1)

How often do you wake up naturally and lie peaceful and still? Nothing moves or impels you, you’re an ‘unmoved non-mover’, not doing but being? I’m guessing never. What normally happens when you first wake up? You spring out of bed to quieten the damn alarm (in my case it’s AAAAAAAHHHHHHH-SEVENYAAAAAA from the Lion King – nothing if not joltingly rousing). There’s a moment of indecision … Continue reading Structures of Desire (Part 1)