Easily Distracted

Dear Reader (Yes, you),

You may have noticed that the very page this post sits upon is labelled 'Distractions'. It is not completely without irony that I have in fact been distracted many a time whilst attempting to write this post. I don't know what it's like elsewhere in the world, but where I grew up "Career Day" wasn't a thing at my schools. Some people I've met have always known what they've wanted to do (teach, become an illustrator, sort out the mess we call a government), I however haven't quite found my calling yet it seems. 

I did my degree for fun. I applied for my masters degree on a whim (and a desire to play video games for hours on end and call it 'research'). Now I have multiple half finished projects on the go and an innate desire not to let any of them fall to the wayside, yet not really making any progress across the board. To add insult to many an existing project - I have been inspired to write a book. It's something that has been suggested to me many a time as I do enjoy writing and by having a blog, I am clearly self indulgent enough to believe that people want to read what I write. But this time I think it might be something I actually stick with. 

Time will only tell.

(Not) Acting Your Age

When I was in my early teens, I couldn't wait to be a grown-up. Wanted to go out without supervision, stay up late, stay out late - only thing I wasn't too fussed about was underage drinking (lucky for my mother).  Mother dearest gave me pretty decent freedom - so I actually can't complain too much, but it's somehow not the same when you're doing stuff "because my mum said I could". I got to explore central London with my best friends at 15, learned how to eat with chopsticks in the heart of Chinatown, barter with stall owners in the stables markets in Camden and explored the best walking routes to dodge the tourists. At 26 I can say I am a fully fledged Londoner because of that freedom at a young age. I know parts of the city better than I know myself.

I have a full time job (outside of London), pay my own rent and bills etc. I am the very definition of a functioning adult (in loose societal terms), but when did I forget how to have fun? Closest most of us get is a few beers in the local or a night out in town. What I really mean is when is the last time you had fun without alcohol involved? 

A few weeks ago, C and I went up to our local park and had the time of our lives on the swings and doing barefoot cartwheels on the grass. Both of us were exhausted by the end of it and agreed it was the most fun we'd had in ages. I have the rest of my life (a good 40 years of working life) left to 'act my age' and be sensible and mature. I'm not ready to be boring yet. 

Splash in puddles in the rain, swing so high you feel sick and cartwheel until you get dizzy and fall over. Life is mundane enough, don't give in. Find more adventures!

A x

(Too) Self Aware

At the end of a long day, for me there is nothing better than a hot bath and settling down with a podcast on. Imagine the surprise when I'm just starting to drift off and suddenly hear my name mentioned. 

"What podcast!? Where!?", you exclaim! Well the subject of the very post below this, Helen Zaltzman on Answer Me This, episode 363 (https://answermethispodcast.com/2018/06/07/episode363/). Thanks to Squarespace generously supporting the podcasts I love, here I am with a site of my own. Thanks Helen, Olly and Martin for the shout out, and the link. Hello and thank you to all of the AMT fans that found their way here (analytics is a fun tool on this platform!), it's always nice to have company. 

I will put up a list of my top 10 podcasts (with links) soon!

A x

 

Starting Points

I almost always have music playing or a podcast while I'm walking, or TV going in the background when I'm getting housework done.

I regularly listen to eight or nine podcasts, however one I have to give special mention to is The Allusionist. Helen is no stranger to me as I have enjoyed another of her podcasts, Answer Me This, for many years (Since 2008 in fact!). Squarespace has been a big part of both Answer Me This and The Allusionist in the last few years, with beautiful results, so I decided that there was no better place to start my own journey. 

You can find both podcasts here:

https://www.theallusionist.org/

https://answermethispodcast.com/

 

Many thanks to squarespace for sponsoring so many of my favourite podcasts. Here's to a new adventure... 

A