My name is Eleanor. I’m a writer, artist, tutor, speaker, coach and consultant.
And I’m on a mission: to spread creativity throughout the world.
When I was a kid I loved everything creative; I was imaginative, playful, always dreaming and doing … and as an adult, I was this close to losing all that.
As a child, I loved art. I loved drawing, making, reading, dancing – anything creative! I’d make witches’ potions from flowers, faces from fruit salad and spend a lot of time putting together the perfect outfit to go to the supermarket.
I worked hard to get to art college, then to art school and then onto an MA in History of Art.
It just seemed so much easier to do something acceptable and proper and get a ‘real job’. So I ended up working in marketing.
I worked in marketing for big clients like Marks and Spencer, Lloyds TSB, Unilever, New Look and BMW. I wrote, pitched and won a £1.5m communications strategy for a national telecoms provider when I was just was 25. I worked hard and fast and … forgot about the person I used to be.
I forgot what was really important to me: Creativity. Connection. Changing the world.
I was so busy pumping out work for big brands that I’d forgotten about that little creative child who loved reading, who loved dressing up – the little child who was so very happy being creative.
I was unhappy and stressed. Worst of all, I was unconscious of what was happening.
One day, after a particularly shitty week at work, I looked around at what I was doing.
And it came to me like a firework inside my brain.
All of my creativity was being pushed into just a couple of outlets: the clothes I wore. The little blog I ran. The tiny bits of travel I managed to book.
I was ignoring the thing I loved most in the world and cramming it into tiny spaces where it couldn’t be big, bold or world-changing.
So I packed in my job.
I set up by myself.
I helped other creative people to build interesting, enjoyable businesses.
I became a university lecturer so I could support the next generation of creative people.
I started writing poetry and performing it (and winning awards).
I travelled – a lot!
I started honouring that creative child.
I started living.
Now, I’ve carved out a space for myself where my daily life revolves around my mission: to spread creativity throughout the world.
I get to help creative people of all kinds and at all stages of career feel more confident and more in tune with their creativity.
And those people get to go out and be creative – and proud.