by Jamie Day | Published on 14 June 2019
If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you will have seen that I’ve used my role as a Line Resident for Southern Rail to explore my local network and to connect with friends I’d consider relatively new on three occasions now. There was Connor in Shepherd’s Bush, a dads’ night away in Brighton with guys I’ve met through Instagram, and more recently I hooked up with Billy in Croydon. And whilst it’s been incredible to use my role to further these new friendships, it seems only right to end my Southern Rail line residency with friends of old and remind myself that it’s hugely important to ensure long-term relationships continue to thrive despite the rise of connections formed online. It’s easy to forget about keeping up with older friends with the demands of kids, work, social media and Netflix seemingly taking up all our time.
A Daddy Dinner Date
by Jamie Day | Published on 10 May 2019
It’s not uncommon for many of us to live out huge chunks of our lives online these days. We do our shopping online, we get our entertainment online, we find love online and we even make genuine friends online. Ok, so some of those friends might remain safely tucked in our phones, but I’ve been lucky enough to turn a few of those online friends into real life ones and as a Line Resident for Southern Rail, I’m making sure to visit more of them across the network.
As much as social media gets a bashing for all the things it gets wrong, I’m thankful for the transformation it’s made to my friendship groups. As family life takes over and parents’ evenings are the priority over the pub, it’s only inevitable some longstanding friendships might feel the strain of modern life.
A family day in Lewes
by Jamie Day | Published on 12 April 2019
For some unknown reason, when it comes to family days out or short breaks, we’ve always been drawn to the south of England. I don’t really know why, but there must be something in the sea air swirling in from the English Channel that pulls us in that direction, because in the last few years we’ve made regular trips to towns and villages in Kent, East and West Sussex and Dorset. We could quite easily head elsewhere, but our internal sat-navs seem to default to the south.
One town on our to-do list has always been Lewes –handily just over an hour from central London by train. Even before kids and everyone getting day trip ideas from the location tag on Instagram, my wife and I wanted to have a day wondering Lewes’ hilly streets. Known for its antique shops and a castle for the kids to climb, it’s always sounded like an idyllic place to visit, yet we’ve never actually made it.
The Dads are going #OutOut, and so they should!
by Jamie Day | Published on 15 March 2019
Growing up, I always saw my dad (and other dads to be fair) as the one who went to work during the week, and then upon the weekend starting, he’d pack up the hatchback with golf clubs and disappear until sunset. Clichéd I know, but that’s how it was back then. Mothers were at home and more often than not, dads would only be seen for a limited time each week.
Nowadays, thankfully things have changed. There’s obviously been a shift in the workplace - many more mums return to work and aren’t confined to a life of nappies and school runs like they have been traditionally - but because of modern working methods being deployed by companies, more dads are now able to spend more time at home, and thus spend more time with their children.
Wem-ber-ley, Wem-ber-ley, we're all dressed up and we're going to Wem-ber-ley
by Jamie Day | Published on 15 February 2019
As part of my ongoing collaboration with Southern Rail, I’ve again been thinking about journeys. Similarly to how a train journey can transform your day, an experience, or perhaps even your life (we’ve all seen Sliding Doors!), I’ve been considering the journey that my daughter, Edie, has been on.
Edie loves football, and when I say love, I mean LOVE. This probably (ok, definitely) has a lot to do with the fact I’m a huge fan too, and whenever the TV isn’t blasting out kids’ shows, I try my best to get the footie on. I’ve also taken Edie to a Wolves game (Wolves? I hear you cry…! My dad is from Wolverhampton and it was basically drummed into me as a youngster that Wolves were my only choice), and she watched every England game during the World Cup. But the thing I’m most proud of is the journey she’s been on with the football club she plays for.
The transformative journey of social media and men’s mental health
By Jamie Day | Published on 11 January 2019
When I set off on my journey into the world of parenting on social media a few years ago, I didn’t ever anticipate making real life friends that wouldn’t simply forever exist inside little squares on my phone, nor did I ever think I’d be discussing anything as personal or sensitive as my mental health or the mental health of others.
When I set off on my journey to Shepherd’s Bush last week using Southern Rail, I was meeting someone who not only do I now consider a real friend outside of those squares on my phone, but also someone who I’ve spoken to about mental health many, many times, Connor. What a transformation.
More about Jamie
Jamie Day is a dad to Edie and Arlo as well as being an award-winning blogger for his site, A Day In The Life Dad. He’s a freelance writer and has written for the likes of GQ, Vogue and the BBC whilst juggling being a Social Media Consultant. On top of all that, Jamie successfully launched ‘Man Talk,’ a podcast raising awareness of men’s mental health that is featured in top 10 iTunes show.