Thank you, next

If you’d have told 18-year-old me that I’d be single in my early 30s, I’m not sure how I would have reacted. Perhaps, at 18, I hadn’t yet had enough exposure to the societal norm of ‘settle down; make babies; live a quiet life’ to feel the pressure to do such a thing. Anyway, such … More Thank you, next

Under the Olive Trees – A Yoga Retreat in Montenegro

A couple of months ago I went on a week-long yoga and meditation retreat that involved silent breakfasts and vegetarian food. And it wasn’t the least bit pretentious or wank-y. Seriously. The awkward thing about booking onto a yoga and meditation retreat is that then you have to tell people you are going on one. … More Under the Olive Trees – A Yoga Retreat in Montenegro

Wildlife watching in Southern Africa: What to see that isn’t the ‘Big Five’

For most people, the aim of going on a safari in Southern Africa is to spot some or all of the ‘Big Five’. That’s the lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard, by the way – animals that are notoriously difficult for hunters to successfully kill. I’ve managed four so far but the king of the … More Wildlife watching in Southern Africa: What to see that isn’t the ‘Big Five’

What It’s Really Like To Be A Freelance Writer: 5 Things I’ve Learned

When I mention to people that I’m a part-time freelance copywriter I usually get a lot of questions about what I write and how I make it work, followed by a small exclamation of envy. One friend of mine, who’s been following my journey from occasional travel writer to actual freelancer, told me I must … More What It’s Really Like To Be A Freelance Writer: 5 Things I’ve Learned

Islands of Happiness

“You should live as islands unto yourselves, being your own refuge, seeking no other refuge.” [Selected from the Buddha’s final words] This is a post to empower you; to help you focus on yourself and work on something the Buddha knew only too well – that true happiness comes from within. Not from the latest … More Islands of Happiness