A year in people #77 – Marsha

As I saw her come through the airport arrival gates, my eyes filled with tears and my throat burned; it took all I had to not burst into a massive pile of sobs and snot. A massive wave of relief and emotion rushed over me. The last time we'd seen each other was when I'd … Continue reading A year in people #77 – Marsha

A year in people #63 – Amber

"You will be fine the world does not end at Mike I assure you!" Wise words from Amber when I'd split up from my ex-boyfriend here in New Zealand last year and wondering what to do next. I knew I'd get good sensible practical advice. We'd chatted many a time about relationships, being single and … Continue reading A year in people #63 – Amber

A year in people #50 – Katie the cryer

This year on March 9th I tweeted "Laid in my van listening to a couple breaking up next door. Can't now move as I don't think they realise I am here", and several follow ons as an hour or so passed. I was having a little lay down in my van at a campsite in … Continue reading A year in people #50 – Katie the cryer

A year in people #48 – Dad

I think about people who have sacrificed their passion or dreams to get a 'safe' job because they now have a child. I get it, I get having security is important. But what about passion? I was lucky enough that all my life I knew what my Dad did for a living was his passion … Continue reading A year in people #48 – Dad

A year in people #47 – the Down Under Crew

Sydney, 2014. I was at a winery out in the Hunter Valley somewhere, with 3 women I'd not long met. We'd done some wine tasting and decided it was time for a little picnic. Pans had already been out and bought picnic stuff. Actual adult picnic stuff. Like meat and cheese and olives and crackers … Continue reading A year in people #47 – the Down Under Crew

A year in people #45 – Hannah C

You are smart, funny, kind, gorgeous, fit, fun to be around, generous, brave, courageous, vulnerable, energetic and so much more. You are you. Remember that time you cycled 300km across the South Island of New Zealand? You didn't like cycling much, but you said you'd give it a go. That you'd try it. Most people … Continue reading A year in people #45 – Hannah C

A year in people #44 – D, the guy who never was

D and I enjoyed a wonderful friendship for a few years. Mild flirting, deep conversations, and a mutual understanding of the quite obvious attraction that was there on both sides. But he had a girlfriend, so that's as far as it went. He'd talk about how the relationship wasn't quite working but didn't make any … Continue reading A year in people #44 – D, the guy who never was

A year in people #40 – Vic Makins

We were about 15. Vic and I were in different sets for our GCSE subjects so we decided to write messages to each other in a [pink] notebook and pass it to each other in between classes (because of course this was in the days before mobile phones). The messages were random teenage chit chat, … Continue reading A year in people #40 – Vic Makins

A year in people #35 – 38 year old me

Happy birthday you. You're 38 today. Do you feel 38? Yesterday you felt about 88. It's because you've just spent a week eating mildly unhealthy food and drinking booze and then tried to run in the hills for 3 hours. At this age, you know what the effects of diet, alcohol and sleep do to you.  … Continue reading A year in people #35 – 38 year old me