One bad experience in creative self-employment

Here’s a fun little tale from my time self-employed. It details a client who I am no longer in business with. Hopefully you can all see the flaws in how this has transpired, but I will detail them if not. A chap that I sort-of-knew contacted me out of the blue, after 3 months of…

How being ill makes me ill

I write this from a weird place (not my bedroom, that’s just my bedroom. It’s weird, but that’s normal). A mentally weird place. I am currently signed off sick. I am unfit to work, according to three different healthcare providers. The Job Centre have accepted this so far, though the stuff that follows will no…

My personal Deadly Sins

Another interesting topic I was discussing with N – the idea of our personal deadly sins. N asked which of the seven deadly sins I most associate with. I found this a fascinating idea. It actually links into why we do a lot of the things we do. It took me a little while. At…

Let’s stop silencing health problems

‘I just can’t explain hay fever to someone who doesn’t have it. What it’s like to not have a runny nose for once.’ ‘Is it like after a long cold?’ ‘Yeah, like a cold which lasts forever, and you’re not allowed to complain about it. Like you’re not allowed to complain about period pain. It’s…

Amateur psychologists and why they’re dangerous

We’ve all done it. Lets be honest. We’ve all voiced opinions on things where we’re not an expert – or even, sometimes, where we’re not remotely knowledgeable. Hopefully, however, we all make it known that we’re not the leading authority on those subjects. Hopefully it’s all harmless and meant well . . . because sometimes,…