Along with all of the other Scottish Islands, Skye was on my list as I'd always dreamt of exploring more of what's on my doorstep rather than jumping on a plane every month or so. After all, there's an amazing array of scenery within a few hours drive of Glasgow, so what better way to explore the motherland in short weekend bursts. That's the way to do it I think.
After recently completing the NC500 I was asked by many to share my itinerary. I was initially given a list by a friend and I added to it. Do some research and check out some places you fancy, and remember most of the stops on the trip are seasonal. So although I had the greatest of intentions to see and do all of the list, most, unfortunately, were closed. Here's hoping our beloved coast will cater for the tourists amongst us throughout the winter months. I'll just have to go back in warmer weather.
I'd read that Scotland had its own version of Route 66 so was curious to see what it was all about. Even though I haven't reached the West Coast of America yet I decided to tackle something that was on my doorstep and started to plan the trip for Spring this year. Warmer weather, sunny days, midgie dodging tricks and paddles in clear blue waters...
In the last post I wrote about stumbling across Ian Sanders and singing hallelujah at the top of my voice. So I'm sharing the very video I watched that helped me go back to my roots, find out who I really am and what actually makes me tick.
Do you know who you are?
Of course you do. But do you know who you are when it comes to work. And what you stand for?
It's a question that makes you think. It certainly made me think and that's why I've spent the last week or so (months actually as I started writing this in October!) seriously thinking about what I stand for. I felt I needed to nail this.
I've been a massive fan of Spike Jonze since Art School so I may be a tad biased but you can't deny this collaboration will get you commenting on it and you'll either love it or hate.
A few years ago I worked on coming up with an idea to help fund SVR's campaign to build supported and assisted living in Glasgow. SVR - Scottish Veteran's Residences provide support and independent living for veterans in several locations throughout Scotland. This was one of the best and most worthwhile shoots I was involved.
No, it's not code. It's the national Missing Type campaign from Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service for National Blood Week. It's all over social media and the internet, and right on our high streets, so if you haven't seen it you must be walking around with a blindfold on.
Everyday noise from people, places and objects just gets to me.
I've been thinking about writing this piece for a while. Not so much procrastinating like I usually do, maybe just assessing what specific noise annoys me, and also quietly processing how to have less of it in my every day life. All day. Every day. How do I, even we, switch off from it?
So...what to do if you're not feeling the festive spirit? And haven't indulged in drinking any to pretend that you are full of cheer? Fear not...it's allowed. You don't necessarily have to be a bah humbug at Christmas, you can just remove yourself from any celebration that is gently touching on this holiday celebration. It's actually much easier than you think.