Here’s what I believe:
Every day we begin again.
And dawdling is the best thing in the world.
Here’s what I do
- Talk to great people with interesting ideas and share what I learn here.
- Lead Urban Curiosity Walkshops in London for individuals and teams who need to unplug, slow down and spark ideas. More here.
- Lead Urban Curiosity Retreats and a weekend London Writers’ Retreat. Escape your life head for the city, an island, a forest or a lake. More here and here.
- Run ecourses to help busy people reclaim time and headspace for creativity.
How I Got Here
It took burnout and bereavement for me to realise that creativity, connection to self and community, and being curious matter. Once-upon-a-time, my creativity was in a puddle at the bottom of the career ladder. I’d had an imagination interruption, I raced through my days and I suffered from chronic back pain.
Time and attention are our most precious commodities.
We are what we pay attention to. We use the term ‘pay attention’ not by accident. We pay attention. It’s an opportunity cost; there’s a scarcity to it.
So when you are paying attention to something, you are necessarily not paying attention to something else. And you’ve only got so much energy or attention.
– Professor Paul Dolan, the London School of Economics
In 2014, I had surgery on my lumbar spine and it changed my life. Just twenty-four hours after the op, my rockstar neurologist discharged me with minimal pain relief and instructions to take a daily walk. Each tentative footstep hurt, yet the slower pace allowed urban vignettes to unfold before me.
Inspiration was everywhere when I stopped long enough to breathe.
Later, I ambled out of my dream job as co-founder of the London School of Economics’ entrepreneurship hub and became a flâneuse; today I walk, observe city life unfolding and collect urban vignettes.
When I am not writing the city, I help busy people explore their creativity through my workshops and courses. Reclaim time and headspace for what really matters.
Will you join me?