A Moment Not Enjoyed Is a Moment Wasted

This morning, I was reading ‘Our Women on the Ground’, a book with essays by Arab women reporting on the Arab world. Curled up under two huge blankets that were swallowing me whole, with hot tea on the cardboard box I use as a bedside table, I was reading about unimaginable horrors and daily tribulationsContinue reading “A Moment Not Enjoyed Is a Moment Wasted”

Corona Depression and Lack of Motivation

I hadn’t written anything in weeks – no songs, no stories, no morning pages. I was struggling to get up to do yoga in the morning (so, I didn’t). I stopped playing music. But today I had a date with a friend – we were going to meet in a coffee shop and write. BothContinue reading “Corona Depression and Lack of Motivation”

What Kind of Person Does It Take?

I went to law school. For one day. Two lectures! But only one day. I enrolled because I wanted to do something good in the world, to do something meaningful that would also pay for my parents’ retirement. I also enrolled because I had just spent four months living in a hostel in London andContinue reading “What Kind of Person Does It Take?”

On Losing Focus and Picking Up What You Should Be Putting Down

I’ve just had one of those weeks when you question everything, are too exhausted to do anything, and end up watching ‘Jane the Virgin’ and eating pizza instead of doing what you probably should be. I don’t know why I have these weeks, and they don’t come often. This time, I blame it on theContinue reading “On Losing Focus and Picking Up What You Should Be Putting Down”

Why I Procrastinate

I just spent all morning scrolling through Instagram, and my only achievements of the day thus far include: an Insta Story, commenting on a friend’s post, sharing a new song I’ve listened to. I also had breakfast. Mornings like this make me feel guilty and useless, and I often end up overcompensating on other days,Continue reading “Why I Procrastinate”

Books that Have Motivated and Inspired Me to Keep Going Through Lockdown

Before 2020, I never read anything that could be classed as ‘self-help’. I’m not sure why exactly, but I didn’t consider self-development books to be literature, at least not the Susan Sontag/Joan Didion type. I thought some people spent more time reading books about how to improve something than actually improving it. And I’m stillContinue reading “Books that Have Motivated and Inspired Me to Keep Going Through Lockdown”

Releasing Music Is Terrifying

I haven’t been very good at announcing this so far, but I have a single coming out on 5 March, called ‘River Water’. It’s about getting over a breakup, having casual sex, falling in love, and wondering if love and sex are mutually exclusive. With the way artists are expected to promote themselves: posting fiveContinue reading “Releasing Music Is Terrifying”

I Probably Spend Too Much Time Visualising But Here’s Why

I have a sweet morning routine going: I write my morning pages, do yoga, meditate, have a shower, and have breakfast. One of my best friends has been pressing me to add in visualisation. When I told her about all the other stuff I was already doing, she was uncompromising. “You need to do it.Continue reading “I Probably Spend Too Much Time Visualising But Here’s Why”

How Your Limiting Beliefs Are Keeping You From Committing to Music

I was curled up in the chair by the window of my childhood bedroom, my head resting on my knees. It had been a week of decision-making, and there was nothing I hated more in my life than making decisions. My notebook was lying on the table on the other side of the room, withContinue reading “How Your Limiting Beliefs Are Keeping You From Committing to Music”

Why Having Musician Friends Matters in this Shitstorm of a Time (and Where to Find Some)

Some of these days, I wake up energised, go for a run, sing in the shower, down three cups of coffee without having a nervous breakdown. But these are difficult times for everyone, and more often than not, I wake up with a groan, say something mean to my parents, who have been putting upContinue reading “Why Having Musician Friends Matters in this Shitstorm of a Time (and Where to Find Some)”