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Are you sure you’re a modern man?
I was recently watching an episode of The Bold Type (Season 3) on Netflix, a deceptively at first but very perceptive programme that really strives to challenge opinions on subjectivity and acceptable behaviour in what is inarguably a very confusing and progressive time.
What is happening with men at the moment?
It’s like they are trying to find a way to exert their authority over women, maybe through not knowing an ever changing role, whether subconsciously or not. Testing the boundaries of human decency and acceptability in a world where “we can’t seem to do or say anything anymore”.
What's Hurt Got to Do with It?
Sometimes I panic about now being happy again. Worried that I could slip back into the unknown, a place I was in for far too long. A place I didn’t even know I was in for the first few years, until I crashed and burned, monumentally.
2019 Is Here. What Now?!
2018 was interesting in so many ways for many of us. Fraught with worry over Brexit, moral panic over our own safety/sanity, FOMO and finances. Even deciding whether to go out and see the friends whose company you crave and yet needing to cuddle up on the sofa and have "downtime." Having that glass of wine to wind-down or gaining a booze-free day, fitting in a workout, answering your WhatsApp’s, counting your five a day, trawling through your emails (and realising GDPR was a bucket of nonsense), wracking your brain for a doable New Years resolution that doesn’t make you feel like a failure. Juggling everything.
Being Strong (& Exhausted)
Your childhood replicates itself in adulthood. For me, there is a simple scenario in your mid 30s that suddenly takes you back to your youth and without warning has you wanting to cry and/or escape.
I Heart NYC
In the summer, without a doubt, the best way to get around is by bike. I cannot express enough how great it is, you move quicker than most cars/taxis, which also means if you are a bit of a nervous road rider and you need to move away from the cycle routes, you don't have to worry about cars passing you too closely. They are easy to rent (just like the UK's Boris bikes) and for $12 you have unlimited usage for 24 hours. You can see so much more, cover so much ground and it is unbelievably safe. Even when you're not on one of their amazing cycle paths and navigating the roads with the traffic. It's all good. There is an incredible cycle and walkway path on the west side along the Hudson River that quite frankly is a revelation. Not like a New York I've ever witnessed before. Rollerbladers, runners, walkers and cyclists in a green and smooth environment. It's designed in a way so very few opportunities arise for you to need to stop, it takes you quite nicely down to Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry.
Divorce, in All Its Glory
I once read in Amy Poehler's autobiography the following quote: "Divorce is like laying everything you love out on a blanket, tossing it up in the air and not having a clue where everything will land".
E-Biking in Val Gardena
Our trip started out at our hotel, Hotel Gran Baita, with their signature cocktail, the 'Hugo', as we got to know the rest of our team for our e-biking tour e-powered by Bosc, where we also got to find out a bit more about this deliciously beautiful part of the Dolomites.