Self PortraitMy name is Lara. At the tender age of just gone 30 (and having never been fired), I am a former project engineer, English teacher, accountant, building services engineer, technology analyst, and sustainability consultant. I have worked in a deodorant factory for one of the largest producers of consumer goods in the world, at one of the Big 4 Accountancy firms, at the largest technology consulting and outsourcing firm in the world, two of the biggest engineering consultancy firms in the world, the largest corporate real estate firm in the world, and, for one ignomious year, a tiny environmental consultancy firm in Croydon.

My C.V. is a thing to behold. I have four separate corporate pension fund accounts (one overseas) which I have no idea what to do with and a draft resignation letter primed and ready to go at all times. I am a text book case for Dr Meg Jay (Author of Your 20s the Defining Decade) , and am eagerly awaiting her follow up book which I assume will be titled “How to Rescue your 30s if you didn’t sort your life out in your 20’s and were plunged into depression upon reading my first book”.

After my rather eclectic work experience, none of which I found particularly fulfilling, and what with suffering from RSI, I decided I needed to escape from the corporate rat race, regain the full use of my arms, and embrace my creative side… quite possibly permanently.

This blog documents my artistic endeavours during my escape, and my thoughts on the world outside of the 9 to 5 grind.


How it feels to have RSI

Before I started suffering from work-related repetitive strain injuries (RSI- a very blanket term that covers a wide range of conditions involving upper body pain) in my arms, I thought that it would mean feeling pain only when one was working. Unfortunately, this is not the case at all, and having RSI impacted every part … Continue reading How it feels to have RSI

Road to RSI Recovery

Between my GP and the hand consultant that I saw in London, both of whose only advice was to take Ibuprofen and wear a wrist support, it ended up being a 3 month gap from first experiencing shooting pain in my right arm and actually seeing a physiotherapist who knew anything about RSI treatment. During this time … Continue reading Road to RSI Recovery

The Escape…

 09/08/2013 I have escaped the corporate rat race! Well perhaps escaped is the wrong word given I did not get to do a dramatic final resignation speech at work, “I’m resigning because this place is a waste of my time and my talent!!” cue sweeping all the papers off my desk and a dash for … Continue reading The Escape…

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