Waves crashing against a sea wall

Welcome 2022

A new calendar year marks the start of another lap around our celestial star. What will this year bring? Who knows, as that would just be guessing and I'm not one for making big predictions.

I’m happy to be greeted on this fine morning by the beautiful low winter sunshine and I’ll take that as a good omen. I won’t be setting any resolutions as I find them whimsical and pointless, why should the start of a new calendar year be the point at which we decide to make a change? Personally, I like to have a good solid, tangible thing to achieve or problem to solve – and those appear throughout the year, not just on new years day.

Having said that, there are probably lots of things I’d like to do more of this year, which shouldn’t be too hard given the lack of much activity over the last couple of years. First on my non-existent list is to get out of this chair and out on my bike.

Hope you all have a great year, may it be filled with good stuff.

Latest thoughts

My lists from 2021

It’s customary at this time of year to reflect on the year and provide some sort of clever predictions about the year to come. I think most would agree that 2021 has not been an outstanding year. For all those that made it this far, congratulations and I hope you had a good festive break?

Do/Pause Workshop

Last year I attended the one day Do Pause workshop and it has proved to be one of the most valuable events I’ve ever attended and Robert Poynton is a superb facilitator. The day left me with a whole host of practical things I could put into practice straight away, along with deeper things to take away to think about. Over the year since the workshop, I’ve been practising many of the lessons learned, introducing different pauses, all of which I’ve felt has provided me with a slower, more thoughtful way to see things.

Mental Health Week: How photography helped me

During the second half of 2017, I hit a psychological wall. Not suddenly, it had been building for a while. I’d lost interest in almost everything outside of my family. At work, everything was going fine, but I was on autopilot. I was struggling to understand what was going on. I no longer wanted to socialise, go to car shows, build cars, make photographs, paint or cycle – all things that had been a massive part of my life up until then. Was it burn out? Mid-life crisis? All I knew was that I felt sad and unable to find joy in any of my interests.