I have been conducting a little experiment. For the past few months, I have been doing a quick doodle every day. Nothing major. I simply pick up my pen and draw whatever wants to come out. Sometimes what comes out is great. Other times, not so much. It doesn’t matter. That’s not the point. The… Continue reading The joy of making stuff up
Five weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown. This turned out to be one of my most popular posts, so I thought I’d give you a quick update on how things are going. If you recall, I was taking ridiculously small steps towards writing and illustrating.… Continue reading An update on taking ridiculously small creative steps
The image above is by Elle Luna, author of The Crossroads of Should and Must. She says that every day we arrive at a crossroads. There are two options: the path of SHOULD and the path of MUST. SHOULD is all the expectations we, and others, put on ourselves. MUST is who we deeply are.… Continue reading The crossroads of SHOULD and MUST
The illustration above is very pertinent right now as 4 weeks ago, I lost my job. There was no warning. I walked into work and was told that there was no more work in the pipeline. These things happen when you freelance. (I have been freelancing for the last 2 years, writing wellbeing books for a… Continue reading Follow your own star
A few days ago, I shared how I go ‘weird’ if I’m not being creative. I drew a sad monster at the top of the post. Today sad monster is looking much happier as I’ve discovered an unbelievably easy way to overcome my resistance! How I discovered the technique If you’ve read Oh Sugar! you’ll know I’m not a fan of strict diets. Quite… Continue reading How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown
“Have you done any writing or drawing lately?” J asked. “Not really,” I said, “why?” “Because you get really crotchety if you don’t create something.” “Huh?!” Strange as it sounds, this was news to me. Everyone has their up and down days but I hadn’t appreciated that not being creative meant I was waaaay more likely to… Continue reading Do you go ‘weird’ if you’re not being creative?
I hinted in my last post that I may be about to take a new direction in life. It requires a bit of explaining and bizarrely, it all starts with a Salsa class… I have always wanted to dance. For years I watched Strictly Come Dancing and vowed to start dancing, but of course I… Continue reading Heading in a new direction: Joy!
Do you know why I love spending time with my nieces and nephews (aside from the fact that I love them to bits and they give life-enhancing hugs?) It’s because if you spend time with children – watch them jump and dance and sing – pretty soon your inner child will be itching to join in too.… Continue reading Want to be more creative? Release your inner child
I was reading Joanna Penn’s Business for Authors this morning when a sentence whacked me round the chops. Joanna was talking about how distractions such as twitter, facebook and the internet can swallow up hours of our time… Time spent “watching what others are doing instead of creating our own art.” This new take on distractions… Continue reading Watching what others are doing instead of creating our own art
I am now just over the half way point in my ‘year of change’. I also turned 44 last Sunday. This has put me in a reflective mood (i.e. ‘oh god, where has my life gone?!’) and I have been mulling over what I have achieved so far this year. For those of you who… Continue reading 7 months into my year of change…