Who Am I?

Hi! I’m Megan, I’m 25 and I live in Glasgow with my long-suffering boyfriend and moulting cat. I currently work in the business sides of clinical trials, where I try to work out how the hell we’re going to budget huge trials. I’m an amateur bodybuilder, meal-prepper, coffee addict and serial hobbyist. My great likes in life are organisation, fancy gin, heavy metal and huge, musty vintage furniture warehouses. My greatest dislike is people walking slowly  directly in front of me.

The Renaissance

The idea of  Renaissanse Man started during the Italian Renaissance period – This was a period between the 14th and 16th century that basically had art, science, literature, music and philosophy production on overdrive. Famous names from this period include  such as Michelangelo, Raphael and of course, the big man himself, Leonardo da Vinci.

A Renaissance man was one who developed his abilities in four main areas:

  • Intellectual
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Physical

The idea of a Renaissance man is based on the notion that mankind is limitless in their ability to develop skills and attain knowledge (see also the rad idea of Humanism).  Leonardo da Vinci is a perfect example – He was an inventor, artist, mathematician, engineer, historian and biologist. And, if statues of him are anything to go by, he was pretty ripped.

A Modern Renaissance

I love the idea of striving to constantly improve your life intellectually, socially and physically. So many of us use what little spare time we have mindlessly consume media. We think learning is something that stops at school, or university. We settle into the drudgery of the 9-5, and then have no idea why we feel unfulfilled.  This is why I started this blog – As a means to push myself to learn, improve, become more mindful and hopefully inspire a few people along the way.

And since I’m not a man, still feel too young to be a woman, and am definitely not a lady: Renaissance Girl.

I’ve taken a slightly different approach to the 4 main tenets of the Renaissance, and made them more applicable to the modern day. After all, with full-time jobs, hobbies and families, there aren’t many of us who can paint expansive chapel ceilings, attend lectures on advanced trigonometry and dissect corpses… I’ve detailed a little bit about what to expect in each one of my categories – Enjoy! 

Intellectual

  • Book Reveiws – One of the easiest and cheapest (and often free!) ways to expand your mind is through reading. I’ll be sharing the best, and worst, of my reading experiences on this blog to make choosing a decent novel a wee bit easier.
  • 5 Minute Mindfulness – I’ll be exploring ways to quickly and easily add a bit of peace and reflection into your days. 

Physical

  • Food – Food is such an important aspect of physical health – The old adage “You can’t outrun an unhealthy diet” is so true. I’ll be putting up a few bits and pieces about meal-prepping, macro-ing and even the odd recipe. I promise they’ll be eeeeasy.
  • Fitness – Fitness is a big part of my life. As an amateur competitive bodybuilder, I cycle between eating and training to gain muscle, and to lose bodyfat. I’ll be heading into a new competiton season at the start of next year, so look out for a blog series on the highs and lows of competing!

Social

  • Travel – I believe travelling is one of the best activities you can do to encourage you to be friendlier, more tolerant and less prejudiced. When you’re immersed in another culture, it suddenly becomes very clear that people everywhere are basically going through the same moments, problems, joys and emotions regardless of class or culture.
  • Events – There is literally nothing better than getting a big group of friends together and going off to enjoy some hideous group activity. Or, giving up all pretences of adulthood and getting together for a massive part-ay! 

Artistic

  • Crafts – Here, I’ll be guiding you through my craft fancy of the month. Expect a lot of fun, fails and plenty of “fuck-it” moments.