What does your appearance say about you?

The smallest detail can speak so loudly. Without sounding like June Dally-Watkins, I spend a lot of time paying attention to people’s grooming. Case in point: teeth. White, straight teeth can say rich parents, healthy childhood, American or acting profession, just as loudly as crooked, damaged teeth can say English, poor parents or smoker. Your […]

You don’t deserve anything

It can be a dangerous mistake to think that you deserve things. This is not how the world works. Think of it like a restaurant. Just because you’re in there, the wait staff aren’t going to magically know what you want. You have to order it and be specific. There’s a lot of people who feel resentful […]

More things I hate

1. The term ‘Bucket List’ I have no problem with wanting to do things. I have no problem with writing those things down. I have a big problem with it being called a bucket list. 2. The BCC That person who sends you a snakey email about something you did wrong and BCCs your boss. That. 3. Flatmates who […]

How to become a motivational speaker

I see a lot of motivational speakers in action. What I have realised is this: there’s a formula you can follow if you’re willing to hack off a limb or get lost in the wilderness. Read on for my foolproof guide for turning your bad experiences into cold, hard keynote cash. 1. Come up with an inspirational slogan […]

What work travel is really like

About five years ago, I decided that I wanted to get paid to travel. I didn’t care how I did it. I just wanted to do it. Today, I am a business travel and events editor so hey, the plan worked. This means I go to lots of conferences and on work trips called ‘famils’ […]

Dear Aunty Em

‘I met a guy at a large gig.We had fun dancing together and hanging out. Later into the night, we went our separate ways to hang out with our friends, thinking we would run into each other again but it didn’t happen. Now I’ve managed to stalk this guy down through social media even though […]

Just don’t do it

Last night was midwinter solstice, the longest night of the year. I made soup, watched TV and did my washing which was exactly what I needed to do. I say ‘needed’ because I have been so tired lately. I never listen to my body. Instead, I add caffeine, alcohol, cold and flu meds, vitamins and […]

10 things I hate

1. Food festivals. I hate them. I want a whole meal on a real plate; not one tiny, lukewarm, sub-standard portion that I’ve had to wait in line for. 2. The words ‘whilst’, ‘utilise’ and ‘vehicle’. While, use and car are all perfectly fine words. Stop gold leafing the ordinary. 3. Spitting. That hacking, coughing, emphysemic golly-hocking thing […]

Late bloomers

There’s this idea that coming to success later in life is a small failure in itself. After all, what have you been doing if not succeeding? Society focuses a lot of attention on young people who have achieved staggering success. In the past, this has made me feel slightly bad about myself. I wonder, ‘Have […]

Upsides of surgery

So I had surgery. It was painful, expensive and time-consuming but also kind of fun. Being in hospital is a suspended state of living. People bring you food and drinks, check your blood pressure, dose you up on painkillers and measure fluids leaking in and out of your body. Your friends visit you and you have […]