Leeds Granary Wharf at sunrise

Why Are We Ashamed of Taking a Break?

It’s been two weeks since I last posted on my blog. The date stamp of my last post sits there accusingly, silently judging me for my absence, for my laziness. I’m not narcissistic enough to think that anybody is affected by, or even notices, the inactivity in my little corner of the internet, but I usually like to post a couple of times a week; there’s a therapy in putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), and the feeling of being productive in an area that isn’t linked to my job gives me a certain satisfaction.

But what happens when you don’t feel that sense of wellbeing? What happens when the thing that’s supposed to be your hobby just feels like a drain? Continue reading

Top 5 Podcasts I Can’t Stop Listening To

I was originally a bit late to the podcast party, but ever since I switched from music to podcasts as my commute distraction of choice I’ve been hooked. I love that I can expand my mind and learn new things while walking to work or sitting on a train, and they’re also a great way to feel like you’re doing something productive when you feel too tired to read a book or write. Today I wanted to talk about some of my favourite podcasts, and why you should be downloading them right now. Continue reading

The Problem With ‘Content’

A few weeks ago, Emma Gannon posted a tweet that stopped me in my scroll. She’d received an unwelcome comment on a piece of her work; not abuse, not a troll, but “great content!!!” On the face of it this might seem like nothing – not the most imaginative insight, sure, but hardly offensive – however I felt the need to respond, and after that I felt the need to write more. Emma does a lot of great tweets but this one in particular stuck with me because…’content’ really sucks. Continue reading