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.

Do you like to shave?

I like to shave.
Ask most men my age, their late twen­ties, that ques­tion and its usu­al­ly met with a snort. An upturned lip. A look that says “are you seri­ous?” with­out words pass­ing their lips.
In fact if you asked me that ques­tion a few years ago I would’ve respond­ed in much the same way.
So what changed I hear you say? My approach changed. When I moved into a flat to live on my own for the first time I became much more aware of how I spent my mon­ey, every pen­ny sud­den­ly count­ed much more than it ever had. Spend­ing sev­er­al pounds on a can of shav­ing gel had to stop. So I bought a cheap shav­ing brush and a puck of soap that I knew would last far longer than the shav­ing gel ever had.
That small change began some­thing. Since it took me a bit longer to have a shave I start­ed to relax, to take my time with it. I began to see shav­ing as a time to pam­per myself and relax. I start­ed to enjoy it.
Fast for­ward a cou­ple of years, and although I’ve had an elec­tric razor for quick shaves dur­ing the week, I’ve always enjoyed my Sat­ur­day morn­ing wet shave. Once again an aware­ness of how I spend my mon­ey has prompt­ed anoth­er change in my shav­ing set up. I ran out of car­tridges for my Mach 3 and on going to buy some new ones, the cost floored me. I can’t spend £13 on 8 razor heads which will last me only a cou­ple of months before threat­en­ing to pull the skin off my face.
I took to Ama­zon to find out if they were cheap­er, they weren’t, but one of their handy sug­ges­tions based on oth­er peo­ples pur­chas­ing habits was. I’m not talk­ing slight­ly either, I’m talk­ing £9 for 100 blades. A grand total of 9p per blade and accord­ing to the inter­net (means it’s true right?), each blade should last me 5 or 6 shaves. That’s about 2p per shave. So I took the next step in my shav­ing career and bought a dou­ble edged safe­ty razor for £20. That means in just over 6 months I’ll be sav­ing mon­ey and in 2 years time I’ll still be using the same pack of blades. Brilliant.
But do you know what’s even more brilliant?
I enjoy shav­ing even more now. I have to take even more time with it, mak­ing two or three pass­es over my face. I’ve had to relearn how to make a lath­er, turns out I was doing it wrong but the Mach 3 did­n’t show it up. In fact I’ve had to relearn how to shave entire­ly, but it has­n’t been a chore. I now shave 3 times a week, using sim­i­lar tools to my Grand­dad who I remem­ber get­ting up ear­ly to shave in the kitchen sink. He used to take his time, I nev­er under­stood why.
I do now.
Shav­ing isn’t a chore. It’s a relax­ing, sooth­ing treat, and a great way to start the day, or fin­ish it if you’ve had par­tic­u­lar­ly stress­ful one. In fact it’s more than that. It’s a pause, a moment in time where I’m not think­ing about any­thing else (I tried it once; blood every­where), it’s an oppor­tu­ni­ty to give my mind a rest and just enjoy the moment.

Work Less on Think Vitamin ›

More on the four day work week from Car­son­i­fied.

If you work every week like you were going on hol­i­day on the Fri­day then you can get all of your work done in four days rather than five. It takes con­cen­tra­tion, ded­i­ca­tion and a zero tol­er­ance approach to dis­trac­tions. The reward is an extra 52 days off a year. Is that worth it to you?

I can’t explain how intrigued I am by the notion of being adapt­able to get the most out of your employ­ees as well as being more inter­est­ed in enrich­ing heir lives.
(Via Can’t remem­ber. I’ll update when I remem­ber.)

Our Four-Day Work Week on Unit Verse ›

Andy Rut­ledge talks about the four day work week at Unit Inter­ac­tive. This sen­tence struck me most.

One of the fun­da­men­tal tenets of our prac­tice is to cul­ti­vate a high qual­i­ty of life for our­selves and our team

Such a refresh­ing way of approach­ing busi­ness. If peo­ple enjoy what they do, they want to do what they do and they want to do it well. A lit­tle trust in your employ­ees and a reward for their hard work goes a long way.
(Via Cameron Moll.)