Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
You know when I started to get to grips with what it’d take for me to make anything of myself? When I read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I lost count of the number of ‘a-ha!’ moments I had while reading it, but I think for anyone familiar with the book, the concept of 10,000 hours stands out the most. That is, essentially, the key to success in whatever field, is to practice that specific task for around 10,000 hours. You know my first thought? That’s a long ass time. In a culture that’s so fast paced, where we want everything yesterday, how can we really put in the work when we want the end game immediately?
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Plenty of stuff has been written about the interweb and mobile technology and why it’s awesome or why it is the predominant force for evil. Personally I think it’s pretty interesting to watch how we’re all changing as a result of it. Interestingly, I have found myself having to remind myself that there is life outside the internet. Oh, chortle all you want, but it’s all too easy to fall into the online vortex. Last week, I came across this video (while wasting time online, obvs. Damnit!) of comedian Louis CK talking about why he won’t get mobile phones for his kids and I practically gave him a standing ovation in my house.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
This summer, I was really pleased to be asked to be involved in the What I See Project. The project aims to celebrate inspiring women from every day life whose stories would otherwise go unacknowledged. They do this by asking the simple question ‘What do you see when you look in the mirror?’ There are women from all walks of life involved in this project and the range of answers to the question is pretty fascinating.
I’m proud of what I see in the mirror these days. That wasn’t always the case, but thankfully it is now.
Check me out over on the What I See Project site and explore some of the stories of the other awesome women on there.
Next up to share her story will be Hannah Chutzpah. Check out her blog here.
And you can contribute your own answer to the ‘what I see’ question over on the site. Get on over there and make your voice heard.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
I had a strange old week last week, punctuated by my introverted self turning all the way inward. Lots of conversations with me, myself and I, doubt, fear, plenty of questions. It’s all a little complex, or perhaps not even complex, just a little too involved and confusing for me to be able to go into here. It wasn’t the first time and surely won’t be the last. One of the prominent themes of this reflection was ‘connection’. One of the things I’ve been more conscious of in my life since the start of this year has been connecting with real life. It’s easy to forget to do that, in this online world. Sometimes you just have to take a time out to savour the silence.
Monday, September 16th, 2013
I am a self-confessed stationery freak. Being a creative soul, I carry a notebook with me at all times to jot down ideas and things. I love notebooks, pens, nice cards. I have wiled away so many hours in stationery shops, it’s not even funny. It’s a good job I write a lot ’cause I’ve got a whole lot of notebooks to fill. A few weeks back, an outfit called Monsieur Notebook followed me on Twitter. I checked out their website and kind of fell in love.
Beautiful real leather cover, it lies flat, it bends back on itself, you can really put it through its paces. You can choose from ruled, blank, sketch, dot grid, fountain or watercolour paper and of course, a variety of sizes. But the best part as far as I’m concerned, is you can customise them with your name or logo. Monsieur Notebook very kindly sent me my own Bangs & a Bun notebook and I absolutely love it.
It’s safe to say, if you know me, you can fully expect me to get you one of these for Christmas.
Check out their website and start customising your notebook now.
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Back in May, I got a puppy. I just realised, I haven’t updated you guys on his awesomeness since then, which is mighty rude of me. Apologies. Anyhoo, this is our Boston Terrier, Stringer Bell (yes, because I am a huge fan of The Wire and he is the most badass pup on the block). He’s coming up on six months old and he’s kinda just blowing my mind. I can’t believe I live in a house with this little dude and don’t just die of ze cute every day. More pics below, brace yourself.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
First of all, no, that picture has nothing to do with the post, but if the internetz will insist on giving a girl photo filters, I’m damn sure gonna use them. Right, on with the topic of the day…
We all do it, from an early age, so much so that sometimes we barely even notice we’re doing it. It almost can’t be helped. We compare our lives with that of our peers. Social media, of course, heightens that. People and their great lives are in our faces online, flaunting it. It’s hard not to absorb it, internalise it and start questioning every little thing you’re doing, why your life isn’t better, what you’re doing wrong. I was chatting with one of my good friends the other night and she reminded me that comparison is a killer. And she’s damn right.
Friday, August 16th, 2013
I’ve done a fair amount of traveling this year. Be it press trips, heading off for a weekend somewhere to run a race or just a good ol’ holiday, I’ve been lucky enough to jet off to quite a few places. While I used to find traveling quite stressful, I have since found my groove. I love nothing more than people watching at the airport (well, the getting-to-another-country bit is alright too). So, I thought I’d share with you a few of my top travel tips that make life a little easier for me when I’m jet setting.
Monday, August 12th, 2013
Age is but a number, so they say. When you’re a woman though, there’s a lot of pressure to keep that number low. We see it all around us. On TV, women tend to disappear once they get too far past 50 (with a few exceptions), whereas men can stay on there, aged, fat, greying, balding as they can be, seemingly until they literally keel over and die. I’m starting to get a little sick of the demonizing of the aging process. Listen, none of us are getting any younger, literally – so how’s about we just embrace this thing?
Monday, August 5th, 2013
The first half of this year was a toughy for me with all that bike training for the Etape du Tour. By the time I got that out of the way, I was very much in need of a holiday. As probably mentioned on here before, I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. My dad’s side of the family still live out there. My parents had booked their holiday to go out there and visit my grandmother, so I thought ‘hey! Why not just hijack their vacation and go along for the ride?!’ And that’s exactly what I did.