FacebookTwitter

Living to work and working to live

By on Jan 14, 2014 in General Musing | 0 comments

I was thinking today about that question that you bump into occasionally throughout your working life. Do you live to work, or work to live? In essence, are you a workaholic with nothing more important to do than fill in spreadsheets and notch up the hours, or are you a lazy layabout good time Charlie who doesn’t understand the fulfillment of a real career?! Whilst musing about this question earlier today, I tried to work out what I am. On the one hand, it is important to me to like my job, and to try to be good at it. After all, I spend the majority of my waking life in work – I’ve been miserable in a job before and it simply isn’t worth the pain. I also gain satisfaction from a job well done, and from being considered successful. On the other hand, however, there’s a bit of me that full admits to the necessity of some form of work in this money driven...

When Does Admiration Become Objectification?

By on Dec 13, 2013 in Fashion, General Musing | 1 comment

This is a post that I’ve been writing in my head for a long time now, and if I’m honest I’m still not sure that I’m going to be able to do the topic justice. Perhaps there is no right or wrong answer, or the topic is too fraught with contradiction, opinion and attitudes. Anyway, here is my rambling speculation. Debates in the comments please… There has been a lot of conversation in the press over the past year about objectification. It’s an issue all too present on the TV, in magazines. Interesting, thoughtful, clever people – scientists and artists and thinkers – feature in their pages. All too often, however, they are there purely for looks. Good or bad, stunners or “fugly”, good enough or not trying hard enough, I read article after article that never ventures away from the visual. Judging, commending – objectifying....

The Genuine Article

By on Nov 21, 2013 in Geekery | 3 comments

I am the sort of individual who is prone to crises of confidence. I come across as bubbly and loud and silly (and don’t get me wrong, those are relatively significant parts of my personality) but at the same time, underneath, I’m pretty worried about what people think of me. Sometimes that emotion bounces to the surface, and I spend a few hours whining to Andy about whether anyone, anywhere, actually likes me. Or do they find me as ridiculous, as brash and absurd as I see myself as in the mirror? Last night was one such night. After gibbering my way enthusiastically through the pub quiz (and simultaneously contributing absolutely nothing useful in the form of answers), I got home and panicked. Oh god – am I the most annoying person in the world? Am I the class clown, insecurities patently obvious to anyone looking in? Am I the sort of person that people like only in...

Seeing in the end of 2013

By on Nov 13, 2013 in General Musing | 0 comments

I know it’s actually only halfway through November – but I have to hold my hands up and say that I’m actively wishing 2013 away. Bring on 2014, with its fresh, clean-slate optimism. The last post I wrote was in January, and it’s been a roller-coaster of a year since then. Heaven forbid I should fill you in on everything, but here’s a little synopsis of the last 10 months… I commuted faithfully to my new job, and it nearly broke me. The travel was too much, ending up being 2.5 hours plus every day. Eventually, after a months of gradually getting more and more tired, I snapped. I was constantly exhausted and stressed, and I couldn’t imagine anything worse than carrying on dealing with commuter traffic in central Birmingham. So, in one of the scariest moments of my life, I handed my notice in (without any replacement employment), and we pulled out...

New jobs, new houses and new years

By on Jan 25, 2013 in General Musing | 0 comments

It’s a trio of new! Well, sort of – the new year has come and gone, and already manages to be over 20 days ago. Time passes so fast nowadays that sometimes I worry it will just rush past until one day I’m 80 and still just as confused about where my life has gone. Actually, I don’t worry about that too much - I’ve resigned myself to the fact that by 80 my brain will have followed the happy family tradition of melting carelessly out of my ears. So, we’re in 2013, and with it comes a brand new job, at a digital marketing agency in Birmingham. It’s a nice place with nice people, and I think I’m starting to get hold of the reins, but it is strange (after three years at Bluesky!) to suddenly be in a completely unfamiliar work environment. You get very comfortable when you’ve been in a job for years, things come automatically – and...

Feminist? Equalist? What do you call yourself in today’s society?

By on Nov 23, 2012 in General Musing | 1 comment

There has been a lot said in the media recently about feminism. Perhaps a topic that had started being overlooked, a slew of recent articles and polls have bought the movement to the forefront of people’s minds again – and it is interesting seeing the different interpretations out there, and to read the fascinating, in depth and (often) highly intelligent debate that remarkable men and women have published, just because. What has particularly caught my attention, out of all the mellé of commentary and opinion, is an underlying trend towards a negative view of feminism. Now, I am an out and out feminist, I believe in pushing society further and further along the lines towards equality between men and women. However, I can understand the point – I have long said that I don’t think feminism has been marketed well and efficiently in recent years. As honourable and...

Time for beginnings anew!

By on Nov 22, 2012 in General Musing | 0 comments

I have exciting exciting things to announce – as of the middle of December, I will be starting a new job at a full-service agency in Birmingham. It’s an odd feeling. On the one hand, I love where I work. The people are hilarious, my team pulls together amazingly, and I’m really going to miss them. After spending 3 years in their company I feel at home where I am, and there is of course a bundle of nerves building about starting somewhere all over again, and saying goodbye to all the people I consider friends. On the other hand, however, this is the opportunity I’ve been looking for, to push my career onto the next level. I’ll be a digital account manager, with a company car, laptop and iPhone – in a way, it feels like a fancy “proper” job. I’ll have the opportunity to work on digital marketing strategy, make decisions with clients,...

Since when did the Poppy Appeal become obligatory?

By on Nov 15, 2012 in General Musing | 5 comments

This weekend, an ill-advised teen was arrested for posting a photo of a burning poppy on Facebook. It wasn’t very nice, and it was likely to piss people off, but in my opinion it wasn’t worthy (even slightly!) of an arrest. But I’m not going to start that debate again. What I am going to do, instead, is talk about Remembrance Sunday, the Poppy Appeal, and the dictation of socially acceptable opinions. Firstly, my opinion on Remembrance Sunday. I like the idea of the day, and I think in many ways it is important that people remember the great sacrifices that have occurred in the past. I hope that, mainly, it will allow people to understand that war isn’t nice, isn’t pleasant, and causes a lot of pain and loss. I hope that as well as respecting those that were conscripted, Remembrance Sunday could potentially produce a generation of people who don’t...