You may have noticed the blog has been a little bit quieter lately.
That’s because I’m taking a bit of time out. The first half of 2021 was surprisingly full-on despite restrictions, with projects including:
- The completion and publication of my second book, Own It!
- The first season of my podcast (also called Own It!), with filmed episodes also on YouTube
- The launch of my weekly column in the i
- 16 external podcast interviews, 14 speaking engagements and 6 external video projects
- 10 media appearances, including Woman’s Hour and Steph’s Packed Lunch, as well as two full radio days featuring dozens of TV/radio interviews across the UK
This doesn’t include writing for the blog and various other outlets on a regular basis, including Spectator Money and Baillie Gifford’s Trust magazine, nor the countless meetings, prep calls and email admin that go into making all this happen. And then there is the research, idea-gathering, writing, scripting, production, editing and general ‘getting-yourself-all-psyched-up!”
And just a wee reminder – Young Money is a one-woman self-directed operation, with some help provided by my esteemed colleague Bain senior.
Now that things are opening up again, and hopefully we are coming through the worst of you-know-what, I think it’s a good time to step back and smell the roses. I spent a fair chunk of last summer either isolating before my septum operation or recovering from it, which took a good month or so. So it’ll be lovely to enjoy ‘freedom’ in good health (fingers crossed) and feeling proud of what I’ve achieved in the first half of 2020.
I’ve also just bought a new flat, which is extremely exciting. But it requires one hell of a renovation (a door is hung upside down, certain windows have never been opened…you get the picture). So I’m up to my neck in muck and bullets, as my mum likes to say. With a fair wind, the renovation should be complete by the end of September, whereupon I’ll have a proper home office, studio space and audio recording booth. Just in time for a new project…watch this space.
And I’m guessing you’ll want to switch things up and have some fun in the sun over the next month or two – I don’t blame you.
These days, I don’t believe in maintaining a false pretence of robotic busy-ness. Let’s be honest about what a mostly abysmal 16 months we’ve had, and the need for us to recover physically and emotionally from it. I could keep publishing content just to fill a space and show I’m ‘on it’ but that would be wrong if it ended up being half-hearted and insincere. Far better to have a proper break and come back feeling totally refreshed, no?
I’ll still be writing my weekly column in the i and doing appearances here and there. I also have some exciting projects to announce in the autumn. So keep following me on social media and I’ll keep you posted. In in the meantime, enjoy yourself (within budget!)