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Do you ever daydream about your alternate life?

Do you ever daydream about your alternate life?

I do. I daydream a lot. While I love the fast-paced, always doing things, accessible life I live in London, I do spend much of my free time plotting to get away from the city. I love cycling through the city at night, surrounded by the bright lights and buzz of millions of people living together, but I also love standing by the sea, in silence, letting the waves wash over my feet. I recently finished reading Naomi Klein’s book…

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Climate change and the individual

Climate change and the individual

I am fascinated by the conversations about climate change. Once you get past the basic ideas of the planet warming and severe sea level rises and major loss of life that comes with it (among other Very Bad Things), you get into the meat of what is potentially the most confronting and serious issue to have ever faced humanity. As I’ve written about before, it is all well and good to shun a plastic straw and want to save the…

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Boardrooms and burned bras: questions at the intersection of feminism and capitalism

Boardrooms and burned bras: questions at the intersection of feminism and capitalism

I haven’t written much about feminism on this blog, save for a few posts around International Women’s Day. For the most part, I feel sort of redundant writing about feminism, because I don’t feel that I’m bringing many new insights to the table. I try to write posts that reflect an idea or viewpoint that I haven’t seen or read much about and many of the feminist basics have been well covered in books, blogs and across the Internet in…

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When things don’t endure

When things don’t endure

Notre Dame is burning while the whole world watches.  I am not French. I am not a Catholic. But I feel deeply, mournfully saddened by the videos and pictures pouring out of Paris, showing such a beautiful, historic, holy site burning to the ground. What is it that makes this feel like as big a tragedy as last month’s mass shooting? After all, it’s just a building. Other than one injured firefighter, no one has been hurt. And yet, it…

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Scenes from the ‘Put it to the People’ march

Scenes from the ‘Put it to the People’ march

Today I marched through London to fight for a second referendum or the revocation of Article 50, along with a million other people. A million. It was one of the largest protest marches in British history, second only to the Iraq war protest in 2003. The route started around Marble Arch, then headed down Park Lane, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, until we reached Parliament Square, outside Westminster, where we all congregated for a rally. This was a very British protest….

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What should I do with my life? Balancing money and meaning

What should I do with my life? Balancing money and meaning

The reason I read a lot of books is that I like being introduced to new ideas. It boggles my mind just how much stuff there is to learn about. From astrophysics to dolphin physiology to how to bake the perfect brownie – there is so much you can be an expert in that choosing what to do with your life can feel overwhelming.   I read book after book after book, I read articles and columns and blogs, I…

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On being restless in writing and changing direction

On being restless in writing and changing direction

This blog isn’t called Endlessly Restless for nothing. I chose it not only because it seemed fitting for a blog about travel but also because it would technically work for posts that were not about travel too. I am often restless in my thoughts and focus as much as in location and I knew I wanted to create an online space that made room for all of that frenetic energy too. In the six months that I’ve been diligently posting here on…

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Is travel frivolous?

Is travel frivolous?

I have been thinking a lot recently about what I post here on Restless. (This post is going to completely disabuse anyone of the notion that I am chilled inside my own head. Get ready for some major overthinking). I feel torn between thinking that these posts are frivolous and unimportant and reminding myself that sharing stories and writing something you think is funny or interesting is not a worthless thing to do. Also, not everything needs to be serious and important…

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Will we go green enough? The reality of fighting climate change

Will we go green enough? The reality of fighting climate change

I have been thinking a lot about climate change recently and especially what I can do to be a better person regarding the environment. Writing this blog makes me feel even more accountable, because, even with my tiny readership, if I am going to put my thoughts and choices into the abyss I better at least try to be someone I am proud to show the world. So, while I can’t remember the last time I bought a plastic bag…

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Hi, I’m Ellie. Nice to meet you.

Hi, I’m Ellie. Nice to meet you.

When I write posts for this blog, I always assume that the only people reading are people I know personally. Obviously, that’s not what I want – I would love for people I don’t know (yet) to read my blog. That is, after all, the whole point. Many people I know do dutifully read my blog – thanks team – but I absolutely understand the people who don’t, or, at the very least, only read the occasional post. If you…

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