A servant to your to do list?

Are you a slave to your To Do list? Do you feel like you’re only allowed to relax once everything is done and your list is empty? Do you feel guilty if you do something just for yourself? Do you worry that self care is selfish or horribly indulgent? Where did these feelings come from?…

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Feeling the feels – tired

Energy levels and what to do with them have been a big theme for my personal growth the past few years. (Oh hang on – is ‘personal growth’ a bit of a new agey cliché? By all means replace with ‘learning/ musing/ reflections/ new habits’ or whatever works). What to do when I feel dead tired…

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What is your relationship with your creativity?

Is creativity a long lost friend you forget to ring until the day is over and you’re laying in bed and you think ‘tomorrow!’ with a pang of guilt? Is creativity an acquaintance that you suspect doesn’t really like you much? Is creativity an old lover you were once close to but now feel embarrassed to…

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Reader question: How to tackle questions about your art from friends and family

I always get these kind of questions from friends and family: “What do you want to do art for if you aren’t an artist?” and the ubiquitous trio, “What good is that? How can you make money with that? Can you sell it?”. What should I tell them? I hear you. If you are the…

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Positive impact

We live in a world that values the BIG. Big impacts, big programs, big numbers, big change. Today I want to celebrate the positive impact we can have by just being ourselves, gloriously, messily, unashamedly ourselves. The small impact. The tiny butterfly wing of change. I read somewhere that for each person who reads our…

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10 books in 2016 challenge – update

If you saw my earlier post on #10books2016 you might know about this gentle and easy to achieve challenge (hey, I’m all for us actually reaching our goals!). Here is a quick update on just some of the books that people taking the challenge are reading at the moment: Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” Terry Pratchett’s “The…

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Living in line with our values

Are we living in the way we say we intend to? Looking at our values and seeing whether we are living them helps reflect back whether our day to day choices are anchored in our deepest life meaning and pursuits. If compassion is our highest value, where is it showing up, and where is it not?…

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Help for writing content – a 10 minute ice breaker

Here is an exercise I developed for some clients recently who were feeling stuck on creating content for their website and social media. I’m sharing with you in case it helps kickstart your writing today and express yourself. INSTRUCTIONS Give yourself just 10 minutes, a timer and a piece of paper or keyboard and finish as…

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40 clicks around the sun

So this week I turn 40. Naughty forty. The big four-oh. Forty is the new thirty, forty is the new black, 40 is the new… 40. And all that. I thought it might be timely to take stock of some reflections on life, what I’ve learnt and what seems most important to me. (You know,…

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