Childhood cancer treatment effects — aged 6
Childhood cancer treatment effects — aged 6

I’ve never consciously shied away from talking about this, but I imagine my subconscious may have actively pulled on the brakes at times, as recounting memories of trauma doesn’t always leave you feeling too great.

It takes enormous trust and courage to allow yourself to remember.” Bessel A. van der Kolk

This has been a draft for a good few months now and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read, re-read, edited and tweaked; but there’s no time like the present.

Something as normal and trivial as visiting the barbers gave me a kick of inspiration to…

A young child skimming stones at the beach
A young child skimming stones at the beach
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As a child I remember trips to the coast and being given lessons in how to select the perfect stone for skimming. The joy in finding that smooth, impeccably shaped stone and then seeing it skip across the top of the surf and the competition among siblings and friends of how many skims. Hours of fun.

Fast forward many years and in a professional capacity yesterday we were discussing the importance of simplicity when it came to online UX (user experience for the uninitiated).

In previous jobs I’ve debated with colleagues around the efficacy and effectiveness of advertising in delivering…

Would you be more willing to share your data if you could be rewarded for it?

two women looking at multiple security cameras
two women looking at multiple security cameras
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For so long now we’ve ignorantly or knowingly in some cases given away our data, online behaviour, preferences and interests for free. That simple act of getting rid of the annoying cookie banner on websites, and accepting the terms and conditions of software updates on our smartphones.

Data companies have then sold off this information to the highest bidder to advertisers keen to use this information to identify and target potential customers. …

Do you ever consider the impact of your mental consumption habits?

A fork wrapped up in a measuring tape to symbolise dieting
A fork wrapped up in a measuring tape to symbolise dieting
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Bikini, detox, beach body ready, wedding, 5–2, fasting, whole 30, Atkins, vegan, plant-based, is the start of an endless list of diets and health routines that many of us have tried and dabbled with.

Apparently, two-thirds of us Brits are on a diet most of the time.

It’s probably become quite an unhealthy obsession; sometimes fueled by the media and our social media feeds that portray the perfect body and the conscious or even subconscious comparison that we then make to ourselves. …

Potentially a phrase not just confined to long journeys with small children.

A car driving along a country road with mountains for a backdrop.
A car driving along a country road with mountains for a backdrop.
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my goals and ambitions for the future. Where do I want to be in five years? Ten years? I’m mindful though of focusing too much on the end goal itself and attempting to avoid destination syndrome. Like anyone, I have goals and dreams but at times can easily get so hung up on reaching the milestone that I barely take a single step towards it.

My four year old daughter, and every other child for that matter will often ask the…

Isn’t it funny how privacy seems to have a multitude of definitions and boundaries when it’s part of the self-agenda!

Extended family holding hands on the beach
Extended family holding hands on the beach
Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

It’s now been a couple of weeks and yet still you can’t escape the media frenzy following the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan; it’s everywhere you look. It remains plastered over headlines; every news app and website has continued to provide accompanying commentary, repercussions analysis and the ongoing fall out.

Whilst I did have a little spark of initial intrigue I decided against watching it and I’m really glad. I’ve only seen a couple of snippets of the interview…

A question I never anticipated I’d ever be contemplating, but of late one I’ve entertained at length.

A woman working from home on her laptop
A woman working from home on her laptop
Photo by Corinne Kutz on Unsplash

Next week sees me welcome the one year anniversary of working from home; a milestone I never anticipated reaching when the pandemic started last year. Like most things it started off with a clear honeymoon period; loving the fact that the commuting bookends into London each day were now on hold.

We quickly adapted as a team to our new surroundings, with video conferencing becoming the norm with its customary phrases of “You’re on mute, we can’t hear you!” followed by, “Sorry, I…

The line between authentic relevance and entertaining reverie is a creative conundrum for TV writers right now.

Woman wearing a mask on her laptop
Woman wearing a mask on her laptop
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Everybody has their own personal evening ritual. For us, after a long day at work and once the small person has been bathed, put to bed, and hopefully settled without interruptions, it’s time to relax.

Watching a movie, bingeing a few episodes of the latest series provides an opportunity to unwind from the pressures and stresses of the day. It’s a form of escapism.

A chemistry lesson from Walter White, the bitter rivalry between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, or the scandals among…

The road to recovery is going to be long and a gradual one and we’d be amiss to think that we can simply flip the switch back to 2019.

Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

I’m a hugger. There is something about that energising feeling from those open arm embraces and the reciprocal feeling of care and love from the other person. Don’t worry I have boundaries and wouldn’t just hug a random person in the street, but friends and family will always receive that hello and goodbye squeeze.

And yet they haven’t been. Over the last 12 months in the wake of the pandemic, hugging…

Coffee mug with the words BEGIN.
Coffee mug with the words BEGIN.
Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Nothing worthwhile or of deep value ever comes easily; it requires dedication, commitment and showing up regardless of how you feel. But that’s the thing, lately I’ve struggled to even show up at all.

I’ve got plenty of excuses; the justifications for my lack of action would go along the lines of: the pulls and demands of my professional career, the desire for more quality time with family, the search for work/life balance, the mental strain of the covid pandemic and third national lock-down — hey I’m free-styling here and I could go on and on. We’re all busy right?

Christian Turner

Husband, Father to 1 — lazy writer, marketing professional, recovering social media addict….trying to find more quiet time in this noisy world

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