Famous writers

The bestselling novel that almost didn’t get written

I love this story: I’ve just finished reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd whose first novel was the mega bestseller The Secret Life of Bees. She almost didn’t write her debut novel. The fact that the book was written is down to one tiny bee (a real life one). Sue Monk Kidd was… Continue reading The bestselling novel that almost didn’t get written

Creativity · Inspiration

How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown

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

WRITING MY FIRST HEALTH BOOK (Oh Sugar!)

Blazing a trail in 2015

2014 is ending in a seriously sparkly way… Oh Sugar! has already been reprinted. And it has been as high as 13,000 in the Amazon bestsellers rank, which is pretty good going considering there are millions of books on Amazon and the publication date for my book is tomorrow! (If you’re confused by this, as I was… Continue reading Blazing a trail in 2015

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

WRITING MY FIRST HEALTH BOOK (Oh Sugar!)

Writing a Book (Part 6): Setting new intentions… with the help of some spine-tingly good quotes

I have finished the edits! At first, it was like pulling teeth. I spent weeks working round the clock on the manuscript and, after a two week break, my brain was in no mood to play. But I gritted my teeth and before I knew it, the edits were done. Luckily, there were no major… Continue reading Writing a Book (Part 6): Setting new intentions… with the help of some spine-tingly good quotes

Inspiration

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

Random thoughts & things

One year on…

On this day last year my dad lost his fight with cancer. After weeks of feeling numb, I vowed that I would dedicate 2013 to ‘turning my life around’ in honour of dad (I desperately wanted something good to come out of something so bad). Today I am checking in as promised, to see what… Continue reading One year on…

Random thoughts & things

One week to go to the fulfilment of Dream 1…

Dream 1 = moving to the coast. And there’s now ONE WEEK to go to Moving Day! I can’t believe it’s actually happening. But it must be because I am frantically packing and throwing stuff out (did I mention the new place is half the size of where I am now?). Yesterday I signed and read… Continue reading One week to go to the fulfilment of Dream 1…

Random thoughts & things

An entrepreneur’s top 5 tips for success

A few weeks ago I interviewed Julian Ranger for my Spark Stories project. Julian is an entrepreneur who sold his company for £19 million and could have retired to a life of leisure but instead opted to continue doing what he loves (namely, “doing my own thing” and building businesses). You may be wondering whether… Continue reading An entrepreneur’s top 5 tips for success

30 Day Challenge

The 30 Day Challenge is over…now what?

I have to admit, I am blooming exhausted. That’s why I’ve been quiet for the past week – the 30 Day Challenge was such an intense experience, I needed to go into hibernation at the end of it. Now that I have recovered (just) I can tell you, those 30 days changed everything: Firstly, I… Continue reading The 30 Day Challenge is over…now what?