Inspiration · Writing

Listen to what Eddie Izzard has to say about talent

I stumbled across Nat Russo’s blog A Writer’s Journey last night, and read something so insanely inspiring, it needs to be shared! Nat went to see Eddie Izzard in concert last year and was lucky enough to attend a Q&A session with him after the show. The last question of the evening was this: “Do… Continue reading Listen to what Eddie Izzard has to say about talent

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Dancing towards a BIG LIFE

If you’re wondering if I ever made it to the salsa class on Monday night, I did! And it turned out to be one of the best decisions I never chickened out of. You know that blog post I wrote last week about living a big life? Well, I've found the perfect role models. Richard Marcel… Continue reading Dancing towards a BIG LIFE

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Making decisions that are as light as a feather

All my life – up until very, very recently – I have struggled to make decisions. Not being 100% sure of who I was or what I wanted, every decision was based on what I ought to do, or should do, or thought I should do. Any decision would involve hours of weighing up and… Continue reading Making decisions that are as light as a feather

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Don’t live somebody else’s dream

Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) recently posted this photo of herself on facebook. What’s remarkable about this photo is that it is distinctly unremarkable. Yet this is her living her dream. She says: “This photo captures exactly what I did for three straight years. I sat in a chair, reading books about botany,… Continue reading Don’t live somebody else’s dream

Creativity · Inspiration

Watching what others are doing instead of creating our own art

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

Inspiration · Writing

The good news about crying for no reason and feeling utterly shit and listless

The last three days have been rubbish. (‘Rubbish’ being code for utterly, soul-sappingly crap). Out of the blue, several times a day, I have found myself crying. For no reason other than the fact that I am deeply, to-the-core-of me tired. Not the kind of tired that goes away with a little more sleep. The… Continue reading The good news about crying for no reason and feeling utterly shit and listless

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Quite possibly the best advice ever on following your dreams

Read. Digest. And selloptape to your forehead: "Don't just chase your dreams. Stalk them. Hide in the bushes and ambush them. Follow them around town. Make it so your dreams are seriously considering a restraining order against you. They will surrender with joy once they know you really mean it." ~ Maggy Whitehouse

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How to chat to your subconscious

I had a chat with my subconscious recently (I’ll tell you how in a mo) and it told me I needed to ‘hibernate’. More time doing yoga, walking in nature and generally chilling out. Less time in front of the computer – job searching, working...and blogging! It told me all this via an image. This might… Continue reading How to chat to your subconscious

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Stuff the ‘career advice’ and make it up yourself

At school I told the career advisors that I liked books and ideas and creativity. They told me I should be a librarian or a teacher. Not a writer or a publisher or a film maker. I had just two options: librarian or teacher. Even at the tender age of 16, I suspected this career… Continue reading Stuff the ‘career advice’ and make it up yourself

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Adults need magic too!

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl  Roald Dahl is my hero. James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger, Fantastic Mr Fox…these are the books that made my childhood magical. ‘Magical’ is not a word I use much as an adult. But when I… Continue reading Adults need magic too!