You feel miserable. Life is hard. Everyone sucks. Nobody pays attention to you. Nobody respects you enough. You feel low. Your anxiety is surging. You try all the cures. They tell you to take pills. You take them, but they only mask your deeper ‘problems.’ Ultimately they make you feel even worse with all those side-effects. […]

E.L. Doctorow once said: “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing, and learn as you go.” As my daily writing experiments have shown, he is right. Writing can reveal a lot about the world and ourselves. The sheer act of writing unlocks that which is deep within the dusty libraries of my mind. Until recently, I treated writing as a […]

I’ll be honest with you. I’m 33 years old and still find life hard. I still feel like a beginner. I still feel mostly clueless. I still get scared and dread things. For the most part, things are hopeful. I’m productive, I’m exercising enough, feeling positive, and I am grateful for what I have. I can experience moments of brilliance, where I feel like I’m on […]

My name is Alex, and I’m a self-conscious wreck. At least, I used to be more of the time. Self-consciousness stops us enjoying the beauty of interacting with others and delivering our truth. We can end up in a spiral of doubt, poor performance and further doubt. It can be crippling. I’ve been there many […]

I’ve done some new illustrations for an article about the Japanese ‘Aikido’ philosophy. I was struck by how inspiring and relevant to today his writing was. His words bring a much-needed freshness and vigour to the distracted and stressful lives many of us can live. What I like is how he often uses the natural […]

Why do we care so much about what others think? Why does it feel so damn weird to put ourselves out there? Why does the prospect of being rejected fill us with weird vibes? Why do we fight so hard to protect our cool, relaxed, totally not boring, happy images? Because we’re human. Because we […]

When was the last time you labeled something without understanding it? Judged something as one thing when you didn’t know what it meant? I know I’ve done it. Given that we can never fully understand anything, in theory, we do it all the time. I label; we all label. It is a human need to […]

I look for ways to improve the lives of others. I seek solutions to things that are not working. I build on what is working. I am in harmony with the present. I acknowledge the sensations in my body. I am a good steward of what I already have. I am outcome independent. I act […]

It can be easy to get stuck. We’re not feeling it. We feel low. We’re frustrated. And feeling good is what we need now to get stuff done. Not every situation like this can be fixed or soothed in four steps, but many times it can. It’s worked for me, and it can for you […]

I’m perched on a Ho Chi Minh City cafe balcony overlooking a swirling cacophony of motorcycles jostling with one another on their way home in the polluted dusk. The points below really serve as a reminder for myself, but part of me hopes to invigorate and possibly comfort those who find themselves walking unconsciously towards […]