I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Walking

Back in Jan­u­ary 2015 when I realised I was ill, and con­se­quent­ly start­ed a course of anti­de­pres­sants, many peo­ple encour­aged me to exer­cise. I had been a keen cyclist and they encour­aged me to keep at it and get out on my bike as much as I could. I was told, and in fact read many times, that exer­cise was a great way of coun­ter­ing some of the symp­toms of depres­sion. My issue was that the thought of going out on my bike caused me anx­i­ety and stress, both things which I was try­ing to avoid and so I dis­missed the notion as not for me. Near­ly two and a half years lat­er I’m start­ing to under­stand a lit­tle of what the mys­te­ri­ous they were talk­ing about.
About a month ago I moved into a new flat, one which I’m liv­ing in on my own, it’s great to have my own space again. As a con­se­quence of that move I’ve been doing a lot more walk­ing. It’s locat­ed in such a place that I can walk to pret­ty much every­where I need to go on a reg­u­lar basis. I can walk to my shifts at the cof­fee house, my church, a cou­ple of super­mar­kets, as well as the cen­tre of town, and I’ve been doing that as much as is prac­ti­cal­ly pos­si­ble. It’s become a time that I enjoy, an oppor­tu­ni­ty to pop my head­phones in and lis­ten to some music or catch up on a few podcasts.
Over the last cou­ple of weeks I’ve begun to notice some­thing, when I don’t get my dai­ly walks in my mood suf­fers. The real­i­sa­tion has come home to roost this bank hol­i­day week­end. On Sat­ur­day and Mon­day I did­n’t real­ly go out. I stayed home in my flat tin­ker­ing on my web­sites, mak­ing a few adjust­ments, watch­ing some TV shows, what most peo­ple call relax­ing. And it has been just that, but today I noticed the heav­i­ness creep­ing in, it made me realise what effect going out for a walk has on me.
It’s not just the small amount of exer­cise that a brisk walk pro­vides that I’ve missed today, it’s the inten­tion­al­i­ty of going for a walk. Instead of the day just pass­ing by, the act of walk­ing to work is inten­tion­al and pro­vides an ele­ment of struc­ture to my day. I need to sched­ule in the time for my walk to work oth­er­wise I won’t get there on time let­ting peo­ple down. It helps that my walk to work is a pleas­ant one down an old rail­way line, that’s what’s in the pho­to at the top of this post, for a moment I can be lost in the won­der of look­ing at the trees and green­ery as I walk. It pro­vides a chance to look at God’s cre­ation and see how the same place changes from day to day. It’s a chance to walk and lis­ten to some new music or the lat­est pod­casts, in my own lit­tle world that’s out­side in the wider world. It’s a chance to pop the head­phones out and walk lis­ten­ing to the birds and rustling of the trees. When the sun’s out it’s espe­cial­ly enjoy­able, but even on a rainy day I look for­ward to my walk to work.
Almost by acci­dent I’ve dis­cov­ered that the act of walk­ing to work pro­vides me with a moment of calm. In that walk there is noth­ing I can do for my design busi­ness, noth­ing I need to do for my cof­fee house shift, no tweets or Insta­gram pho­tos to catch up on (unless I want to walk into my fel­low walk­ers or be run over by the many cyclists), I can just enjoy the sim­ple act of walking.

The Week in Links

Anoth­er Sun­day and anoth­er edi­tion of The Week in Links. This weeks fea­tured links focus large­ly on the iPad and it’s abil­i­ty to be used for work and not just for con­sump­tion. It’s a debate that has been rag­ing for years, and one which we seem to be no clos­er to end­ing, although we might be a step clos­er once iOS 9 arrives in September.
I hope you’re enjoy­ing your Sun­day, sit back with a cof­fee and have a read.

  • Cross­ing the iPad Rubi­con — 500ish Words — I love the idea of work­ing sole­ly on an iPad, along with many oth­ers, and the con­stant dis­cus­sion of whether it can actu­al­ly be done is inter­est­ing. But every time I read an arti­cle like this one, I can stop but come away feel­ing like the whole thing is just a roman­tic notion. That’s not to say that no one can sole­ly work on an iPad, but I know I won’t ever be able too. My work requires a Mac, with pro­fes­sion­al soft­ware in the form of Cre­ative Cloud. That said, if I had an office job of some kind, and only used a com­put­er at home for the likes of email and writ­ing for this site, then I’m pret­ty sure I could go all in right now.
  • The Tools & Toys Guide to Writ­ing with an iPad — Tools and Toys — It seems to be a bit of a theme this week, the top­ic of work­ing on an iPad. This is a real­ly good guide for those look­ing to find out where to begin using their iPad as a more seri­ous work tool by doing some writ­ing on it. Per­son­al­ly I’m a Byword fan and use it on all my com­put­ing devices that I use to pub­lish to this site.

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