Creativity

The crossroads of SHOULD and MUST

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

Inspiration

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

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

Inspiration

Should you make money from your hobbies?

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?

Inspiration

Work that feels like play

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

30 Day Challenge

Half way through my 30 Day Challenge…

I can’t believe I am already half way through the 30 Day Challenge! So much has happened in such a short space of time. Would you like to know what I have achieved so far? (Bear in mind that just a month or so ago I was on the verge of giving up on my… Continue reading Half way through my 30 Day Challenge…

30 Day Challenge

The benefits of playing

On the 30 Day Challenge, we pledge to spend at least 20 minutes a day playing with our chosen projects. In the spirit of being more creative with my camera, I decided to photograph some fairy lights… VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: This might look like an assortment of pretty pink lights but in fact, what you’re… Continue reading The benefits of playing

30 Day Challenge

My Play Project is (drum roll please)…

Deciding on my Play Project for the 30 Day Challenge was tricky because I fancied doing 4 different things: Creating prints of my art and selling them on this blog Putting some characters I have designed onto t-shirts and greetings cards Offering a free brainstorming service for people running, or thinking of running, their own… Continue reading My Play Project is (drum roll please)…

30 Day Challenge

I’ve signed up for a ‘do what you love’ 30 Day Challenge!

I have some exciting news: today I signed up for a 30 Day Challenge! The idea behind this is that you can’t think your way to a career you love. I have fallen into this trap for years. (Read stuff…do internet research…think lots…feel confused,…read…research…think…feel demoralised,…read more…research more…think more…feel depressed,…hmmm…what’s the obvious solution to this? Ah… Continue reading I’ve signed up for a ‘do what you love’ 30 Day Challenge!