See things differently
This I know: time, energy and attention are our most precious resources.
Hello, I’m Clare Barry – author, speaker and founder of Urban Curiosity, a creativity and wellness company that helps busy people slow down. We live in a hyperconnected world. How will you ‘spend’ your time and energy today? What have you been ‘paying’ attention to? When we start to notice our lives – the cityscape, our communities, our feelings – we can reclaim time and headspace for what really matters. We see things differently. The World Health Organization predicts work-related stress, burnout and depression are likely to top the list of the world’s most prevalent diseases by 2020 and that more than 70 per cent of us will live in an urban place by 2050. My mission is to show you that it is possible to live in a hectic, cacophonous city and still find moments of quiet, calm and heartfelt human connection every day. We don’t have to sleepwalk through life, and we don’t have to constantly sprint from point A to point B at a pulse-pounding pace. We can find equilibrium. We can choose to thrive.
How I got here
Once-upon-a-time, my creativity was in a puddle at the bottom of the career ladder and I suffered from bereavement and chronic back pain as I hurtled towards burnout. In 2014, I had surgery on my lumbar spine and it changed my life. Just 24-hours after the op, my rockstar neurologist discharged me with minimal pain relief and instructions to take a daily walk. Each tentative footstep hurt, yet the slower pace allowed urban vignettes to unfold before me. Inspiration was everywhere when I stopped long enough to breathe. Later that year, I ambled out of my dream job as co-founder of the London School of Economics & Political Science’s entrepreneurship hub and created the Urban Curiosity Walkshop.
Let’s unplug, slow down and spark ideas: read, learn, listen, walk and explore. My work explores the intersection of creativity, curiosity and human connection in a digital world. And London in the real one. I am a flâneuse and contributor to books that encourage mindful living like these upcoming titles from the Department Store for the Mind. A couple of times a month I share my best articles and a curated list of resources, inspiration and wisdom for a meaningful life in my subscriber-only Thoughtful Notes. Join here: