Somehow I’m coming to the end of my adventure. Just one week left. My brain is moving fast leading me to talk to recruiters about getting a job. I need to remember the things that I want next. I have just arrived in Seattle. It’s a short ferry trip over from Vancouver Island where I’ve […]

As I travel I am shuffling and challenging my thoughts. I am considering more what I want to do when I return to the UK… and more specifically, Manchester. Many of my ideas have directed me towards the importance of community and artist development, in each case, around music. At SXSW there was a lot […]

How goal setting turned me into Monica’s mother.   We live in a world of #youcandoanything. Like many people, I bombard myself with empowering Instagram quotes. I have become quite the inspiration addict.   Inspiration should be handled with care.  My best sources of #youcandoit quotes combine two themes: #followyourdreams (i.e. focussed goal setting); and […]

If I’m honest I joined Escape the City’s Idea Accelerator programme last summer because I was terrified of quitting my job as a City lawyer.  I hoped that being around others who had made, or were preparing to make, a similar “reckless decision” might normalise the whole thing for me. This basic objective was fulfilled […]

I’ve gone a bit quiet again. I’ve been at SXSW this week.  It’s been a total dream.  There is such a collection of people who are really great at what they do.  These people are here to share and grow their ideas.  It’s how life should be all the time. Austin is a great city […]

I came to Nashville because I wanted to go somewhere where everyone was a songwriter.  For much of my life I’ve felt like a bit of an oddball for my songwriting habits.  Here, one of the first questions that I have been asked by some is: “are you a songwriter?” “Yes!” I say (…before confiding […]

The bloke in the travel agent said that I should pop to Fiji in between my Australasian and American adventures.  This would give me the chance to relax and lie on the beach for a few days. Although I’ve never really been a hot-weather-beach person, Fiji sounded too wonderfully exotic to fly over. I arrived […]