Tag: Lifestyle

Everything You Need To Know About Anxiety and Overthinking

Everything You Need To Know About Anxiety and Overthinking

http://dianimations.tumblr.com/post/177138583948/overthinking Anxiety and overthinking.  They’re two sides of the same, horrible coin. If you’re anything like me, you know that this is a tough subject to navigate.  The very nature of anxiety is something that leaves you with a sense of unease, dread, even panic. […]

Ten Things To Love About September

Ten Things To Love About September

September is here and with it comes the change of the seasons. It’s hard to believe we’re back at the beginning of another school year already. But time moves on whether we like it or not, and while some of us are looking forward to […]

What Is Burning Man?

What Is Burning Man?

A non-native’s guide to the city in the dust.

If you’ve never heard of Burning Man before then you may be in for an interesting read. I’ll confess; until approximately this time last year I’d never heard of it either. 

I remember where I was when I first stumbled across a picture of an alien-like cityscape in the middle of the Nevada desert on Instagram. I was sitting in the bathroom of a cottage in the Lake District, scrolling absently whilst waiting for the shower to heat up. 

Curious, I dug deeper into the #burningman hashtag to discover a world I’d never heard of before. Burning Man is a week-long festival type experience that comes together once a year in the middle of the Nevada desert.

Rather than being a music event like those we have in Britain, it’s a gathering of people and cultures, celebrates creativity, freedom of expression and a sense of human community on a scale like no other.

Blackrock City, the self-named, temporary location that Burning Man attendees literally build from scratch, exists solely in the space and time of the community’s week-long event.

After that, it disappears back into the dust, along with the thousands of ‘burners’ who escape there each year.

Art Installation At Burning Man – Scott London

I was fascinated. The art installations are beautiful. The costumes and freedom of expression – especially the idea that technology and currency in their current forms are worthless; I’d never heard anything like it. But I loved the idea of it…

According to the official site, Burning Man operates around these 10 central principles:

Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Gifting
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Decommodification
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Participation
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediacy
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Tree of Tenere – Guy Prives 

Each year the event carries a different theme, this year’s being ‘I, Robot‘. When you consider that there’s no organised entertainment to speak of during Burning Man, it becomes all the more interesting. Attendees are responsible for their own amusement amongst these ten principles.

Entertainment tends to come to the desert (or playa as it’s known) with the burners themselves, however. Last year’s light and art installations looked incredible.

From then on, I’ve had major Burning Man envy. I really want to go, even though I’m pale, ginger and hate dust. However I feel like it’s one of those once in a lifetime experiences you can only truly appreciate in reality. 

Check out this video and see what I mean: 

It’s the end of August now, and Burning Man is just heating up for it’s 2018 outing. So while I watch the #burningman Instagram feeds with envy, I’m hatching a plan to get there one day myself.

It may never happen, but then again, you only get one shot at doing the things you want to in life, so who knows?

Have you ever been to Burning Man? Let me know your tips if you’ve ever made it out there, or if you’d like to go there one day too!

Writer, tweeter and illustrator. Starving artist and thrifting expert. Pen for hire and first-time author at work.

Streamlining

Streamlining

  It’s been a busy few weeks here. What with the start of the summer holidays and the adjustment to the once in a lifetime heatwave we’ve been experiencing this summer, things have taken a bit of a left turn, writing wise. I’d forgotten how […]

Multiple Potentialities – The Lifestyle Of The Multi-Faceted

Multiple Potentialities – The Lifestyle Of The Multi-Faceted

  I know, lengthy title. It feels like it’s been a while since I wrote about something that was on my mind. I write a lot of stuff for other people, and about various topics, but I try to steer clear of content that’s too […]

Spending Shocks – What Are You Wasting?

Spending Shocks – What Are You Wasting?

 

Spending money is something that we all do, pretty much every day. Somehow though, the amount of money I seem to have been spending on things that don’t really count has ran away with me, and I’ve only just begun to realise it.

Last week, I decided to do an inventory and budget of where exactly I’d been spending my cash over the last four weeks. The results really shocked me. I’ve always considered myself to be fairly good at thrifting, but it seems that the little spends here and there mount up so much faster than you realise, and I’ve fallen victim to it.

How did I find this out? Well, I started by looking at my online banking to see if I could make any adjustments to the monthly outgoings. Now, I’m not ashamed to say I have the odd takeaway here and there, but I genuinely didn’t notice that ‘here and there’ has become rather a lot more often than it should be.

When I sat down and totted up the number of orders from Just Eat, and the little cafe spends here and there over a four week window, the total amount really, really shocked me. How much have I been spending a month on random food orders, roughly?

£179.

Let’s just allow that to sink in for a minute. One hundred and seventy nine pounds. That’s an absolutely ridiculous amount of money to be investing in chow mein and pizza. £179 is the majority of a car insurance quote. It’s a 32-inch Smart TV or a tumble dryer.

And I’m throwing that away, every month, without even realising it.

It makes me wonder how much money other people are potentially wasting on takeaways, cafes and general convenience food. I know for me it boils down to poor time management and laziness, there’s no other excuse. It’s just so easy to whack an order on a card, almost as if the money that comes out of this piece of plastic isn’t actually real. And yet it is. I think I’d forgotten just how real it is.

This financial waste is a real sin that I’ve been committing – and it absolutely has to stop. I don’t have enough of an income stream to justify that kind of spending – especially when there’s nothing tangible to show for it as a result.

Time To Slow The Spending

I haven’t even looked at any of the other pointless little spends on my list of outgoings yet – the food and takeaway splurge has come as enough of a shock for now to be honest. The first thing I need to do is draw up a plan of action to sort this mess out. It’s a fairly simple plan, but initial steps are going to be as follows:

  1. Takeaways begone – Just Eat is getting deleted, that’s it.
  2. Look at my supermarket choices – the big four are just getting ridiculously expensive for me, so it’s time to open an online account with Iceland and start looking at how I can cut down on my weekly shop costs.
  3. Plan, plan, plan – I’m talking meal planning, something I’m notoriously bad at and will almost certainly need help with.
  4. Stockpile snacks – for when the inevitable moment of weakness creeps in and I feel like re-installing Just Eat.
  5. Cut out the cafe coffees – and lunches…and dinners…and anything that I really don’t need to be paying to eat.

This isn’t going to be easy. I’m not the greatest cook in the world and I’ve got a feeling that some of this planning and preparing meals in advance is going to require me to seriously up my culinary game.

However if it saves me the thick end of £200 a month, it’s definitely worth doing, isn’t it?

How much are you spending on treats and takeaways each month? Have a look at your bank statement (if you are) and add it all up to see if you’re anywhere close to the amount I’ve been shockingly splashing out on, and let me know over on Twitter or here in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

Writer, tweeter and illustrator. Starving artist and thrifting expert. Pen for hire and first-time author at work.