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About Me

Are you tired of living in a world that never stops?

All the apps and hacks and productivity experts shout for your attention. Do more, make more, produce more. But all you really want is to feel like a human being, not a machine that pings 24/7. When did human beings get replaced by human doings?

Do you crave rest, authenticity, a life of meaning?

Do you long to slow down, make space in your life to create and enjoy the time you’ve been allotted on earth?

You don’t want routine, you want rhythm. You don’t want systems you want rituals and practises and connection.

Me too.

Welcome to my space online. I’m so glad we’ve found each other. Let me introduce myself.

Me
I’m Kamsin. It’s pronounced exactly the way it’s spelt. K-a-m-s-i- n.

I don’t know why my parents choose such an unusual name. But it seems to me that they decided for me that I wasn’t going to be ordinary. I wouldn’t ever fit neatly into society’s boxes. One of a kind. Misfit. Square peg in a round hole.

I was born and raised on the South Coast of England, a stone’s throw from the sea and the New Forest. It is a beautiful part of the world. But it felt small and constraining to my teenaged self and I couldn’t wait to get out and see the world.

I went to university in Leicester to study English Literature. I graduated and then temped for a year before boarding a plane for China. I taught English for a year. I had this idea that I wanted to write and going to China would give me some experience to write about.

But when I returned to England I was itching for my next adventure. I tried writing about my experiences in China, but I hadn’t learnt how to put my experiences in words. I didn’t know how to persevere through the doubt.

My next stop was Japan. I taught English and volunteered at a local church for around three and a half years. I loved Osaka, where I lived. But I was still looking for something else. I returned to England to Leicester, to get an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

It was during that year that I first heard about blogging and I started my first blog then. I worked in the UK for a few months, I travelled to Indonesia for a job which didn’t work out, then I moved to Sarajevo for another job which didn’t work out.

I ended up back in England and got a job working with Japanese students studying in Canterbury, Kent. At the end of that academic year I got a job back in Japan but in the Kanto region this time.

I thought I’d finally found my dream job. I was teaching Japanese undergraduates at a university focused on language learning. It had great facilities and some amazing opportunities. I got a couple of publications to my name in the EFL field. I met some great people.

But I stopped blogging. Life became too full. The environment was not encouraging. There were a couple of experiences which made me fearful of what colleagues would say about my words.

Over these years I had also met my now husband. We got married in 2011 right around the time of the Tohoku disaster. I ended up working part time after we were married because staying in the full-time job which was not the dream I thought it was, would have meant a 2-hour commute one way, 5 days a week.

I started doing some writing again, though. I took a couple of classes. But in the final class of an in-person course I took, the teacher destroyed (that’s how it felt at the time) my piece. The woman who had been sitting next to me obviously felt the sting because she whispered to me. “Keep writing. I love your writing style.” I walked away in tears. And didn’t write again for a couple more years.

Then in 2014, I had a son and that desire to write got stronger again. When he was a baby I would read as he napped on my chest and as he got a bit bigger and napped in his cot, I started to write again. I began this blog, although it was originally called “Life in the Key of E”.

And so here we are.

I hope my blog will leave you feeling inspired and ready to go and chase the dreams in your own heart. I don’t have many hacks, or how-tos and I have more questions than answers.

But I invite you to join me on this journey to an authentic, meaningful, abundant life.

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Photography on this page is from my wedding album shot by: https://lemontree-photography.co.uk/. Apart from the self-portrait, which is by me.