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 mobile phone screen showing two emails are within the mailbox
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For those not familiar, Pavlov was one of the godfathers of behavioural conditioning and was famous for an experiment with dogs whereby he would ring a bell and then feed the dogs. Before long, the dogs associated the sounds of the bell with being fed and therefore started salivating and drooling at the sound of the bell — even if it wasn’t dinner time.

A learned response.

In our current era of the ‘always on’ work environment, the notification of a new email in our inbox is the equivalent of Pavlov’s bell. …

Dumpster bin with books on the top, with the quote on the side ‘Think before you speak, read before you think”
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It’s human nature that when you find something of great value or appreciation that you want to share it with others. I often find some of the most interesting and inspiring discoveries from other people, that they then curate and share.

So here are five things that I find noteworthy to share this week:

What I’m reading 📚

Indistractable by Nir Eyal arrived this afternoon.

I love simple, practical ideas and the cardboard monitor sign at the back of the book is genius. Now whilst I’m not sat within an open plan office environment at the moment, I’m going to still use it within…

Office environment with the quote ‘punch today in the face’ written on the wall
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Whether born out of remote working or just a mid thirties curiosity, I’ve been a bit obsessed with productivity lately. I’ve been turning the pages of a number of books: ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport, ‘Digital Minimalism’ (Cal Newport again), ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear and ‘Think Like a Monk’ by Jay Shetty. I’ve read too many blogs and medium articles to remember and listened to countless podcasts on the subject.

I should be the productivity king right now. I’m not there yet.

I wouldn’t say I’m unproductive. Sure I procrastinate as much as the next person, but there is…

An illuminated sign with the words: ‘This is who I am’ written
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Let’s break convention; strip away all the labels, statuses and expectations and focus on the blank canvas of endless possibilities to describe our self and who we’d like to become.

At face value it’s a simple enough question to answer.

But is it?

Do I just lead with my name? Do I layer on top my age and ethnicity? Where I grew up, my relationship or parental status? What I do for a living? Job title?My religious beliefs?

There are endless possible responses and varying levels of detail at our disposal to paint our personal picture or provide the chosen…

Apartment building with painted words on the side ‘How are you, really?’
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Sometimes taking a step back and conducting a life or mental health inventory can unearth thoughts and feelings that you might never have contemplated before. Like many, although some of the taboo around mental health has gone, I still don’t always find it easy to open up. But what I have noticed recently is that taking life in my stride has taken it’s toll.

I’ve often been asked why nothing seems to phase me or rattle me; how I manage to stay calm in most situations.

This has certainly been a repeated observation among-st friends, family and professional colleagues over…

Our success as writers is subjective to our own personal definition of exactly what that means for us individually.

Scrunched up piece of paper with ideas written on it
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I’ve lost count of the number of articles I’ve read on medium telling me how much I can earn from writing on the platform. It started out as a curiosity into how others have been successful and a desire to get a few hints and tips.

Like any digital or social platform these days they are constantly gathering information and insights on their users and then relying on the algorithms to serve relevant content and articles into user news feeds.


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
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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
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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. …

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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