This is definitely the year of new beginnings for me.First I took part in a 30 Day 'Screw Work, Let's Play' Challenge.Then I created my first postcard designs (something I have always wanted to do).Now I am about to embark on another, even more exciting new beginning, which is also something I have always wanted… Continue reading A new approach to new beginnings
Here is a conversation I have with myself quite regularly: ME 1: You are too immature. Writing children’s books and collecting children’s illustrations and cards and prints. Really! It’s time you grew up. ME 2: But David Walliams hasn’t grown up. And he’s written several bestselling children’s books. ME 1: It’s OK for David Walliams.… Continue reading You don’t have to grow up (not entirely)
Jia left a comment on my last post Never ask these people for their opinion in which she posted a great 2-minute video which completely sums up what I was saying. It’s so good, I thought I’d share it here (thanks Jia!):
Why do we do it to ourselves? We have an idea for a book we want to write; a business we want to set up; or a product we want to create…and we feel an urge to ask someone what they think. So who do we turn to? Someone who has actually written a book,… Continue reading Never ask these people for their opinion (unless your goal is to feel utterly demoralised)
I am reading an interesting book at the moment - The Chimp Paradox (The mind management programme for confidence, success and happiness) by Dr Steve Peters. Amongst other things, it talks about the dangers of “crystal-ball gazing”; looking into the future and trying to predict what is going to happen. “This typically leads to unhappiness.”… Continue reading The Crystal-ball Gremlin and the snow mountain
KnitNell posted an interesting comment on my last post Work that feels like play: “A number of people I know say although they love their hobbies and love being creative they don’t however want to give up work and earn money through their hobbies. It would be turning something they love into work.” This is… Continue reading Should you make money from your hobbies?
The Guardian ran a great story recently about a man who handed in his resignation by cake! It was a passion cake (had to be) and this is the message he piped on top: “Today is my 31st birthday, and having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important… Continue reading Work that feels like play
I know I said my next post would be about ‘earning a living doing what you love’ but this is virtually the same thing. I nicked this line from Hugh MacLeod: If you can express your soul, the rest ceases to matter. Actually, I didn’t so much nick it, it hijacked me. I was sitting in… Continue reading If you can express your soul, the rest ceases to matter
I have a Morph next to my computer. He helps me when I need creative inspiration. This morning I got up and discovered Morph standing in a beam of light, as if he was just about to star in his own cabaret performance. (Go Morph!) Morph and I chat quite a bit during the day.… Continue reading Morph’s words of wisdom
After I published my post on Monday I received an email from a friend who said, “I just read your blog and so much of it resonated with me. I have had a similar life experience.” He is a talented coach but, like me, has struggled to find his path in life. Around 10… Continue reading On the right track but something’s not right?