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 a meal-prepper, iron sport enthusiast, 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 the Renaissance Man started during the Italian Renaissance period. This was the time between the 14th and 16th centuries that basically had art, science, literature, music and philopsophy production on overdrive. Famous names from this period include Michelangelo, Raphael and of course, the big man himself, Leonardo da Vinci.

A Renaissance man was one who strived to develop 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 its ability to develop skills, attain knowledge and solve problems. 

A Modern Renaissance

I love the idea of working 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 Reviews – One of the easiest and cheapest ways to expand your mind is through reading. I’ll be sharing the best, and worst, of my reading experiences to make choosing a decent book a little easier. 
  • Mindfulness – I’ll be exploring methods to quickly and easily add a moment of peace and reflection into your hectic days

Physical

  • Food – Food is such an important aspect of health. I’ll be putting together articles on meal/food prep, macroing and the odd recipe.
  • Fitness – I’ll be exploring and rating training programs, exercises and new methods of training.

Social

  • Travel – I believe travelling is one of the best activities you can do to encourage tolerance, reduce prejudice and have a fucking fantastic time. When you’re immersed in another culture, it suddenly becomes very clear that people everywhere are going though the same problems, joys, emotions and lives 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 terrifying group activity. Or, giving up all pretence of adulthood and getting together for a massive par-tay!

Artistic

  • Crafts – I tend to get a new craft obsession each month or so. Expect a lot of fun, fails and plenty of “fuck-it” moments.