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A few days ago marked the first official day of Autumn and whilst it’s still annoyingly humid here in London (aka that Indian summer thing), I couldn’t help but feel all giddy as I started packing away some summer separates and making way for my jumpers and scarves.

There’s something poetic and inspiring about Autumn. Perhaps it’s the whole back-to-school feels that make me want to reach for some cute stationary and dive into a big book as soon as September comes along, but I know for sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way about the season; Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus finds that “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”, the aloof Jordan Baker from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ points out that “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” and the romantic poet, William Cullen Bryant beautifully declares that “Autumn… is the years loveliest smile” and how right he was, in fact, how right are all these marvelous people on the wonders of such a gorgeous season.

I have a strange fascination for Autumn, then again Autumn is strange in itself; everything is essentially dying yet it looks so beautiful. It’s as if nature has the grand finale right before it decays and brings forth the harshness of Winter. Long walks in the crisp air, cosy jumpers and giant cups of tea - I’m so glad to live in a city where Autumn can come around and perform in all its bravado. 

When the escapades of summer die down and the prep for Christmas and New Years, Autumn is that little bit of magic in the middle where nothing but feelings of comfort and warmth are encouraged.

What are your favorite things about Autumn?

XO, TDR

Another addition to the ol’ portfolio is a small collection of my presenting gigs from way back when I was fat(ter) and still searching for the right kind of eyebrows.. LMAO..

Whilst I was in secondary school, I got the chance to help start up a careers advisory company aimed at teenagers and young adults called WRD UK. As a former youth ambassador of the company, part of the role was to present videos and interview inspiring figures. One of the first people I ever interviewed for WRD UK was Professor Cary Cooper CBE; a renowned psychologist and author, he is also one of the sweetest men I have ever met in my life, so I had a lot of fun interviewing him and getting to know him. As well as interviews, I also participated in “tutorial-like” videos, these were a part of a mini series called “Preparing For a Job Interview”, where I presented Part 2 and Part 3.

Lastly, the final video I wanted to share with you is one teamed up with another great organisation, Urban Synergy; a charity that focuses on mentoring programmes and inspirational seminars (which I have also been lucky enough to present/host) for 11-18 year olds across London. Urban Synergy often interview individuals whom serve as inspiration for others, and during the 2012 Olympics here in London, I got the chance to interview members of the London Legacy Development Corporation. I’d also like to add that this was filmed within a proper studio in Thomson Reuters and it was the coolest experience ever.

I really enjoy presenting, plus I think it gives some sort of real purpose to my big mouth and loquacious manner! But meeting new people and getting to know them and their work is always a cool thing to do as well as inspiring.