I’ve FINALLY Removed The Financial Albatross From My Neck!

Sound the horns, break out the bunting and start the parade. I’ve finally removed the financial albatross from around my neck, and repaid a loan that has plagued me throughout my 20s. I may sound over dramatic, but you have no idea how good it feels to be free of this heavy burden. Continue reading “I’ve FINALLY Removed The Financial Albatross From My Neck!”

The Harvey Weinstein Wake Up Call: We’ve Got To Take Our Heads Out Of The Sand

Outlets around the world are reporting that legendary Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein has allegedly sexually assaulted scores of women over his extensive career. The Harvey Weinstein scandal should serve as a larger wake up call for our society. We have to stop doing something we’re all guilty of; sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that certain societal issues don’t exist. Continue reading “The Harvey Weinstein Wake Up Call: We’ve Got To Take Our Heads Out Of The Sand”

What A Whirlwind: Recapping My Past Three Months Of Change

I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise. Since I moved to Manchester in June, I’ve fallen off the radar, depriving you of my exuberant energy and witty commentary. But what a whirlwind the last three months have been, a time of tumultuous change and enlightening personal growth. I may have gone away but now I’m back, ready to share all the gory details about those missing three months…

Change of pace

Have you ever gotten just a little too comfortable? I lived in Leeds for over three years, and although it was challenging and engaging at first, by the end, I’d stopped growing professionally and personally, even if I was still having a whale of a time. So, when the bottom fell out of my world, and I got made redundant, yes it was hard, but it was also just a little bit exciting. I was ready for a change of pace, to be challenged again, and now I had no choice but to go looking for that next hurdle.

So when I secured a job in Manchester, and somehow found somewhere to live in a mere two weeks, I was ready to take on the world again. Don’t get me wrong, I felt sad when the time came to leave my life in Leeds behind – I changed so much during that time, I became an entirely different man to the one who rocked up in Burley Park three years prior. But I felt ready to become an entirely different man once again. I had no idea that even three months later, I’d be barely recognisable.

Fish out of water

Do you know that old saying, “it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond, than a little fish in a big pond?” Since I graduated I’ve been that big fish, working my way up in small companies, the types of places where everyone knows your name, and expectations are clearly defined. I moved to Manchester to take up a position as a content writer, with a firm called Travel Counsellors. They may be the travel industry’s best kept secret, but after starting there trust me, I was no longer a big fish.

Starting at a place like Travel Counsellors, where they’re big on innovation, can be disorientating. I suddenly had to get to grips with concepts such as ‘hot desking’ (where you don’t have a desk, but work at any desk available). These were the kinds of concepts I’ve only ever read about before. Getting to grips with a new way of working, one that was so completely unfamiliar to me, was harder than I could have imagined. Not because it isn’t effective – it is, but because dealing with change is tough for anyone, even the most restless of people, and I admit that at first, I struggled.

The funny thing about human beings, though, is that no matter how disorientating change can be, it eventually becomes the norm, and when it does, we acclimatise to this new normal. As the days passed, I found myself adapting to the Travel Counsellors’ way of doing things, fitting slowly into their company culture, making friends, and even putting my stamp on the job I’d been hired to do. Three months later, I can categorically say that I’m now a better professional than I was before.

Back on the market

I may have been slowly making progress at work, but my home life was another matter. If you remember, when I found a house in Manchester, I decided to live with a live-in landlady; something I’d never done before. Everything was calm at first; my housemates were pleasant enough, and I just went about living my life. But slowly, ever so slowly, small issues, the kind that seem innocuous at first, but when added together begin to prove problematic, crept up. I couldn’t, for example, get the internet on my laptop in that house, hence why I’ve been absent from your Facebook feeds. Things like that start to get on your nerves after a while and eventually, it all came to a head.

To be absolutely fair, I don’t think I was prepared enough to live with a live-in landlady. I’d been independent for so long, living by my own rules, that it proved tough to follow someone else’s. I will openly admit that I played my part; I could have been more considerate, and at the end of the day, blame games get you nowhere. However, one day I found that my favourite pizza – the one I look forward to all week, had been eaten by someone else. That night I decided to speak to my landlady; we both decided that enough was enough, there was no hard feelings, but it was time I gave notice.

And so, I found myself back on the market – the housing market. I had six weeks to find a place, sign the lease and move in. This was all, by the way, happening whilst I went a fabulous Western Mediterranean cruise with my family, visiting charming European destinations such as Florence. Yeah… it was a stressful time alright. Somehow, I managed to find a place mere days after giving notice, initiate the vetting process while I was disconnected from the internet on international waters, and move in the weekend after I returned to the UK. Admittedly I had to pay six months rent in advance because I didn’t have a guarantor and for a penny-pincher like me, that stung. But I proved that I can do anything I can set my mind to, and that’s something I’m immensely proud of.

Wait for the best

The last three months have definitely been a whirlwind, one where the tumultuous winds of change whipped through my carefully constructed life. But they’ve also been absolutely incredible. I’ve grown so much, personally and professionally, as while facing adversity I gradually came to realise that I’m a fully grown, capable man, and I can handle all that life decides to throw at me. I apologise for neglecting you these past three months, but now I’m back and trust me, the best is yet to come.


Why Should You Travel To Barcelona?

If you’re looking for a top notch destination for your summer city break, consider Barcelona. One of Spain’s biggest metropolises, Barcelona is the perfect place for your summer getaway. In this article I ask, why should you travel to Barcelona this summer? Continue reading “Why Should You Travel To Barcelona?”

How Can You Learn a New Language?

I believe that we should better ourselves wherever possible. In the last week, I have started to relearn the German language, which I previously studied at GCSE level. Drawing on my recent personal experiences, in this article I ask: how can you learn a new language? Continue reading “How Can You Learn a New Language?”

Hillary Clinton, The Reagans and LGBT Rights

Recently, Hillary Clinton walked back her previous comments concerning the Reagans and AIDs. This may seem unimportant to you, but to me its just another reason why I would prefer that Bernie Sanders become the Democratic nominee for the Presidential election over Hillary Clinton. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton, The Reagans and LGBT Rights”

Dance the Night Away at Dempseys

Amid Sheffield’s kitsch, independent bars and glittering, up-scale nightclubs, you’ll find Dempseys on Young Street. Hands down, its one of the best gay bars the Steel City has to offer. It’s the kind of place where you can forget your troubles and dance the night away! Continue reading “Dance the Night Away at Dempseys”

Bar Review: Viaduct

Looking for a bloody great gay bar in Leeds? You might want to try Viaduct, its got it all; wicked tunes, cool décor, delicious drinks – you’ll have the night of your life, even if you have so many Vodka Red Bulls you don’t remember it the next day! Continue reading “Bar Review: Viaduct”

Antonin Scalia and the Balance of Power

In a very surprising turn of events, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died this weekend. This could change the face of the 2016 US general election, as well as American culture for the next decade or two, depending on who picks Scalia’s successor. Continue reading “Antonin Scalia and the Balance of Power”

Thank You Felicity Newbold for Giving Me Life

As I sit here about to write this article we’re just over half way through Mother’s Day. The one day a year we set aside to thank those women who have looked after us, picked us up when we fell and stood behind us no matter what throughout our entire lives. Now seemed like a good opportunity to say thank you to Felicity Newbold for giving me life! Continue reading “Thank You Felicity Newbold for Giving Me Life”