About

Hello. I’m Elizabeth.

This page is a bit more about me. I’m 39, a mother of two and English.

Margot and Barbara is the distillation of many hours spent trying to make sense of my giant, sprawling list of interests. I’m a scanner. Multipotentialite. Renaissance soul. What that means is that I will never find the perfect job, never settle down to just one thing. Never grow up. I’ve spent a long time and wasted a lot of tears trying to find the ONE thing that I was meant to do, but now I am at peace with myself. I’m fine. Great, in fact.

Years ago, I was given an article torn from the pages of a magazine. It was called “What Do I Do When I Want to Do Everything?”  and was my first introduction to the work of Barbara Sher and my journey towards accepting and loving being a scanner. I did grow up, and have two amazing children, and I’m still a scanner. There is no one thing that will be perfect for me. It’s just who I am—and that is a brilliant truth. Without the endless hunt for the one true thing that I should do for the rest of my life, I am actually free to pursue as many things as I like, and enjoy the process of discovery and learning for its own sake, not just in case it should be my career. Life is pretty long. We’re always being told that it’s short, but I plan to be around for at least 50 more years. That’s half a Century of discovery! It’ll do.

There are loads of great resources on the internet for scanner folk. One site I love is Puttylike especially for those of you who are wondering if you’re a scanner too. The scanner community is a friendly one. I write about scanner-life here too, so do come back to read more.

I guess for those of you not familiar with old BBC comedy, I should explain the title of this site. Margot and Barbara are the two female leads in my favourite sit-com, The Good Life, produced by the BBC in the 1970’s.  Take a look here. They’re neighbours and friends, but polar opposites. Margot is a social climber who loves the finer things in life and Barbara is trying to become self-sufficient. Many of us have played that game “Which Friends character are you most like?” Well, this is my interpretation of that. In listing out all my interests, passions, work and hobbies, I realised that I am basically both Margot and Barbara. Allotment gardening? Yes. A bit of luxury? Also yes. So, here it is.

One of the main things I love is to experience things – there’s a lot more doing on this site than having stuff. 

This is especially true as I embrace mindful, minimal living, and, instead of owning things, use my money to travel, have adventures and set up a small skincare business.

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Elizabeth x

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