Naomi Marsden

Naomi is a massive foodie and works in communications. She is a little obsessed with studying and has, thus far, accumulated degrees in history, law and classical theatre.


10 articles by Naomi

Skin hunger: the West’s new health crisis

Life

Skin hunger: the West’s new health crisis

It is only when we live without touch that we realise how fundamental it is to our existence. In a culture with endless rules governing our physical interactions, how can we reclaim the innocence of touch again?

People hate me for what I do: how do I disagree well?

Life

People hate me for what I do: how do I disagree well?

I knew working in a controversial field was going to force me to encounter regular confrontation, but being catapulted into the heart of the vitriolic tribalism of our age hit me like a ton of bricks. So why is it so difficult to disagree well with other people these days?

Have a very messy Christmas

Faith

Have a very messy Christmas

No this isn't an article about drinking. Join me as I navigate the bleak sobriety of being a 30-something Scrooge in the world of incandescently happy Christmasaholics.

The joy of living without sex

Love

The joy of living without sex

If we learnt anything from classic films such as American Pie and The 40-year-old Virgin, it was this: the pinnacle of human experience is to have sex. Therefore, a life without it must be the absolute WORST. I respectfully disagree. Life without sex ain't all that bad. Get yourself a cup of tea, have a sit down and read about my adventures in celibacy.

Single again on Valentine’s Day?

Love

Single again on Valentine’s Day?

Do your Valentine's Days end in disappointment, tears and the occasional kebab? Me too, mate. How on earth can a desperate singleton survive in a world obsessed with romance and relationships?

The crucible of unemployment

Life

The crucible of unemployment

Unemployment sounds great in theory. Imagine pyjama days every day, no alarm clock jackhammering into your mornings, and time to re-evaluate your entire life priorities whilst catching up on Loose Women. Except, as I recently discovered, it also forces you into deep crisis. Say hello to frozen pizzas and a blossoming relationship with your recruitment agent.

A Shake Shack epiphany

Life

A Shake Shack epiphany

The tale of one girl, a bag of chemically-enhanced fries, and this question: why am I lonely?

Is mindfulness the answer?

Life

Is mindfulness the answer?

In the past few years, the study and practice of mindfulness has exploded in Western culture. Originally deriving from Buddhism, it’s now utilised as a form of treatment for both mental and physical illness. But does it really possess the answer to the problems we face in life?

The art of failure

Life

The art of failure

When you have to come to terms with failure, when you don’t get the recognition you think you deserve, it forces you to shift perspective...as I’ve grappled with my career disappointments, I’ve seen this longing for what it really was: a meaningless pursuit of my own glory.

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