Trails Blog

Welcome to the inner workings of my head

I’m fascinated by human nature and I’m endlessly frustrated by the inefficiency, inequality and injustice in the world. I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog and I believe that the more base aspects of human nature will be expressed as long as there is gross inequality and oppression in the world. I put my faith in the here and now, our amazing capacity to know and better ourselves, and integrating evidence-based problem solving and intuition. I respect those who don't judge others, and who understand the point at which fact blurs into opinion and moderate their statements accordingly. I’ve had to work hard for a healthy mind and am grateful for that struggle because it has shown me the power and balance that comes from tending mind and body.

These are the things that occupy my thoughts and daydreams, most idle moments will see me trying to frame or figure out a problem that needs fixing. My unquiet mind colours both my weaknesses along with my strengths. It’s a part of my nature that I’ve learned to accept and harness and my training as a scientist has developed it further. Mickey assures me it’s part of what he loves about me. I’m sure at times it’s hard for him though…I can be a bit like a dog worrying a bone that it can’t leave alone. On this backdrop it might be easy for you to see that writing is a lot like therapy for me, it helps me organise my thoughts and get them out of my head.

Maybe in that process I can produce something that's of interest to you too, something that brings a new perspective, inspires you or helps you accept and understand something you've been struggling with. Or maybe you'll just enjoy reading what I write and live vicariously a little through our travels. Whatever you get out of it, thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy it. If you do, it'd be great to know - leave us a comment, share or subscribe and if it’s not too presumptuous I’d like to ask that you take it with you and apply it to the real world. Writing can help communicate ideas but ultimately it’s our personal interactions that define our influence on the world and the legacy we leave behind. If anything here speaks to you, take it, make use of it and make it part of your life. This world we live in is awe-inspiring and we are each a miracle. Thanks so much for reading & go well.

Tramping the Routeburn track

October 8, 2015 New Zealand
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A few weeks ago whilst working in the lab one of my colleagues heard me say I wanted.

Out of my comfort zone

October 7, 2015 New Zealand, Random thoughts
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Comfort zone

I’m at a point in my life where I can not only appreciate the value of stepping outside.

A post for my anti-immigrant friends

September 6, 2015 Uncategorized
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I’ve been in two minds whether to publish this post, it’s an emotive topic and sticking your head.

Short story competition winner: The first time

August 28, 2015 motorbikes, UK, Uncategorized
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Short story Katie

A competition hosted by Overland Magazine and Rev’it, here’s my short story which won me first place and.

The Importance of Generosity

August 22, 2015 New Zealand, Random thoughts
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I’m sitting on a plane and I feel like my world is ending. I know it’s not, my.

Accepting vulnerability

July 30, 2015 Random thoughts, UK
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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,.

Control Freak

July 29, 2015 Random thoughts, UK
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Control Freak

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever.

The Overland Event: A Showcase of the Best Kind of People

June 26, 2015 UK
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Overland Event

The Black Horse, Great Missenden June 19th-21st 2015 Overland Event Humanity. It’s something I think about often. I.