This month I turn 25. I feel good about this quarter-century birthday. As I step firmly into my mid-twenties, I’m reflecting on more lessons learned so far. You can read similar posts from 2016 and 2017 if you like.
1. I’ve changed in many ways over the last ten years. I’m less anxious, more settled. More ambitious in some areas, less so in others.
2. In some ways I haven’t changed at all. I still enjoy reading, writing, musicals, being in bed at 9:30pm and most things involving Reese Witherspoon.
According to LinkedIn, my profile is of ‘All Star’ quality. Before you close this tab and think I’m terrible, I have a reason for sharing this information. While I have strong communications experience, a list of endorsed skills, positive recommendations and a first class degree, what LinkedIn won’t tell you, and what I often feel hesitant to admit, is that my career to date has been made up of lots of temporary work.
This is the first post of my new monthly series, in which I’ll share five of my favourite things. They may be books, articles, podcasts, plays, or whatever else I’ve been enjoying.
How many times a day do you say sorry? Once? Five times? More?
Perhaps ‘sorry’ is verbal padding, part of the way you string sentences together. It can, as writer Sloane Crosley observes, be ‘an entry point to basic affirmative sentences’. For an excessive apologiser, even simple questions or requests are accompanied by that short yet weighty word.
In this age of email overload, it may seem odd – even ridiculous – to invite more updates to your inbox.
But carefully picked newsletters deliver convenient and curated writing, podcasts and articles that you might not otherwise find. I’ve discovered that I prefer subscribing to scrolling through Twitter.
October brought grey skies that turned pink at dinner time. Crunching leaves. Meals shared with family.
It meant catching up with friends over mugs of tea after too many months, and smiling at thoughtful cards. Enjoying the scent of candles and the sweetness of the last bite of birthday cake. Anticipating what’s next.
I’ve shared five benefits of being a part-time postgraduate student with Times Higher Education. You can take a look at the article here.
Thanks for reading!