Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow: finding pleasure in a change of pace

a home painted green road sign saying stop slow down in white paintYesterday, Sarah Pickthall and I ran an event at Mozilla in London around disability, digital and all things interlinked. It was for a project called ShortCircuit and was fab – packed, inspirational, exciting – and exhausting. And it’s been a pretty flat out process in the lead up too – planning meetings, clarifying briefs, doing research, firing off emails, having skype calls, printing out stuff and then making emergency dashes for bluetac. Continue reading

Watching the moon from the eye of the storm: just give yourself a chance to stop

a full moon and a cloudy blue/grey sky, highlighting a bird on a tree limbI feel like I am being held in the eye of a storm.

Over the last week or so, the lives of many of those around me seem to be spinning out of orbit, in both positive and negative ways. A friend ‘s cancer is inoperable, another falls from a ladder and breaks his spine, one lands their dream job, one gains a prestigious award, one books her travel to Katmandu, another finds out they don’t have the diagnosis they dread, another’s son flies to half way around the world… all around lives changing direction in both meticulously scripted or in completely surprising ways. All illustrating that extensive planning can change your life – and so can a random moment in time. Continue reading