Cognitive Dumpster Fire #1

Look guys, I don’t know what’s happening here. Beforeyourjobkillsyou was something I thought of on a train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, last September. Sure I was sleep-deprived, jet lagged, dehydrated, and generally traumatised from wandering along Soi Cowboy at 1am, but it seemed like a neat concept at the time. Then I revisited the …

Living In Chiang Mai…Should You Believe The Hype?

We’re coming to the end of another season of ‘Help, I Need A Life!’, in which the protagonist – yours truly – hung around in Asia for 10 months and learnt ‘thank you’ in three languages. In truth, not the most exhilarating season.  It’s been one of those seasons where little happens, and all the action is in …

Surviving Saigon

Vietnam –  Two weeks being completely overwhelmed in Ho Chi Minh City.  Achieved little.  But didn’t die.  Great success.   Pho-ne Crisis On the first three days, there was Pho.   On the fourth day, there was no Pho. I mean, phone.  See what I did there. So yeah, On day four, my phone stopped …

6 Unsexy Things To Do In Chiang Mai

As a parting stab gesture before I head off to Vietnam for another ‘time to light a fire under my ass‘ adventure, I want to pay tribute to my home for the past 5 and a half months –  the cheerful, albeit a bit smokey city of Chiang Mai. For much of this time, my life has been incredibly …

‘Tis The Season

  No, not Christmas.  Although we’re not out the other side of that yet:   Getting awkward now. #Merrychristmas #february #chiangmai #Thailand A post shared by Before Your Job Kills You (@beforeyourjobkillsyou) on Jan 31, 2017 at 3:10am PST   ‘Tis the season.  Burning Season, that is. Beginning around mid-February every year, farmers in Northern …

5 Items That Must Be In My Bag. Or I’m Going Home.

It appears to be all the rage these days amongst travel bloggers to compose a ‘packing list’. I’m not sure why anyone would need any help packing a bag.  I’ve done it at least 50 times.  Hell, I even used to pack my own bag for school when I was a kid.  All on my …

Digital Nomad Annual Pub Quiz

Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for coming out tonight!  I see plenty of familiar faces in the crowd. 2016 – Phew, what a year!  Only about 3 of us made any money worth talking about, but give yourselves a round of applause, anyway! Without further ado, I want to welcome you to the inaugural Before Your …

Preachy New Year Wisdom Post

As a millennial know-it-all blogger that sometimes reads books, and listens to podcasts, and reads blogs of other know-it-all bloggers, and consequently has life all figured out, I’d be remiss to not end this spectacular shit-fest of a year with a smattering of wisdom. On a personal level, it was a year of great changes.  I moved to Thailand …

Sleigh-thaew Diaries NUMBER THREE

Gratitude   Gratitude is one of those concepts that people with a vague participation in the world of self-development, like to riff on. “I’m practicing Gratitude!”, they say.  Except, are you actually doing the practicing part? ARE YOU? To me, gratitude is something you either feel DEEP inside your guts, or is otherwise just a lazy self-affirmation …