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I was born and raised in South Wales. I’ve lived in England all my adult but I will always be proud to be Welsh.

There are many things that fascinate me. Learning new things and staying curious is key to my happiness.

Being a runner is core to my identity.

I started my career in medical research — finding new treatments for cancer to be precise. I have a PhD in Biochemistry as well as a Master’s degree in Toxicology. I left academia after a stint of postdoctoral research in Oxford to join a global tech company. …


Because big is not necessarily better

If you are at college reading this you will have a clear idea of why you are studying the course you’ve chosen. And chances are that you have chosen your particular course due to the jobs you hope that will open up for you when you graduate.

With the average US student leaving university with a debt of $37,000 in 2020 young people don’t have the luxury of studying simply for academic pursuit. The picture is similar in the UK with average student debt at £40,000 for those leaving English universities in 2019.

The pressure is on to make sure…


The democratisation of investing

If there is one thing I would go back to my 20-year old self and change it would be to stop focussing on saving so much in cash and instead invest in the stock market.

I didn’t have much to spare each month back then but what I lacked in funds would have been more than compensated for by the miracle that is compound interest.

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.” — Albert Einstein.

Putting all your spare cash under the mattress is for fools. Storing…


Get yourself off to a great start with this 5 point plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

I don’t think that I suffer from anxiety. But I do often feel anxious at the start of a working day.

I recently started a new job within the company that I’ve been working at for many years. It’s an exciting opportunity. It is a bit too exciting. It’s the sort of job that I don’t feel ready or able to do — which is exactly why I should be grabbing the opportunity with both hands.

But not feeling ready or able makes my imposter syndrome scream at me every day unless I make an effort to silence it.

I…


An easy way to get your head around what cryptocurrencies are really all about

It would be best if you didn’t go through life making decisions based on a lack of knowledge.

Especially the big ones. What to study at University. Where to live. Who to choose as your life partner.

We need to make sure that we are making sound decisions based on the best available evidence. Only fools rush into marriage within months of meeting someone. You first meet their family. Find out about their past. And try them for size by making sure you can live harmoniously together.

What kind of bar should we set for smaller decisions in life? Those…


Do we really possess unique qualities that can’t be replicated?

To my delight, I received several books as gifts for my birthday recently. The book that I had no hesitation in selecting to read first was ‘Klara and the Sun’ by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The others in the pile on my bedside table will have a tough job matching the impact that this has had on me. I couldn’t put the book down and read it in just two sittings.

It has everything that a good book should have — complex and interesting characters, a gripping plotline and the ability to give you a new perspective on the world.

Ishiguro has…


The link between language and identity

I suddenly had a dream last night in a language that I am learning in my adult life.

And it’s blown my mind.

The dream was so vivid and clear. The conversation I had included words and sentences that I wasn’t consciously aware that I had absorbed.

This experience has made me reflect on language and identity in ways that I hadn’t thought about previously.

I’m sure there are lots of linguists researchers out there who can tell me all about the impact that language has on identity. Those of you that are lucky to have learned more than one…


And it’s easy if you just open your mind

What is the point of life? Why are we here? If you have a pulse then you will have asked yourself that question at some point.

Your religious faith may give you meaning. You derive your purpose from worshipping God. And the community it gives you.

But religion is declining. Western societies have become more secular. The percentage of people in the US who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” is 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

The UK is even more secular. Eurostat’s Eurobarometer survey in December 2018 found that 53.6% of the UK’s…


We should all listen to what this very clever investor has to say

If you have any interest in money and investing, then you will have heard of Warren Buffett. Chances are that you’ve heard of him even if you don’t. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett, is in the top 10 richest people in the world — the 6th richest in Dec 2020, according to Business Insider. He has an estimated wealth of $85 billion.

Buffett famously lives a simple, frugal life despite his vast wealth. Now 90 years old, he still lives in the house he bought in the 1950s and drives a 2014 $24k Cadillac.

His frugality makes him a…

Dianne Sullivan

Curious Creature. Voracious learner. Scientist turned writer with lots in between. Obsessed with running and personal growth. www.lifebydianne.com

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