I’ve wanted to be an astronaut since I was a kid. I’ve also wanted to be a journalist, art teacher, ballet dancer, performance poet, university lecturer, jewellery designer, ceramic artist, writer, florist and farmer. I’ve… Read More »What is a ‘core value’ and why is it important?
It’s a phrase I’ve heard many times before: “But I’m not that interesting!” Someone has convinced you that your story isn’t interesting. That no-one wants to hear about how you got to where you are,… Read More »“But I’m not that interesting!” Three reasons why your audience really DOES care about your story.
On 31st October it’s one of my favourite festivals of the year: Halloween. The festival is also known as Samhain in Pagan, Wiccan and Celtic indigenous religions. Historically, Samhain was a Gaelic festival held at… Read More »Celebrating Halloween: Creative journalling ideas and reflective prompts for Samhain
I was never someone who chastised themselves in front of others. I did it privately instead. I preferred to do that in the comfort of my own mind where I could use words like ‘stupid’,… Read More »A question to help shift your negative self-talk
A few years back, at a similar time to when I began reading Brene Brown’s work, I learnt about Carol Dweck. In 2006, psychology professor and researcher Carol Dweck published a book which outlined the… Read More »Tips for creating a positive mindset as an artist
When did you first really start using social media? For me, it was back when Myspace began. (That was 2003, by the way.) So for nearly two decades I’ve been publishing my thoughts online and… Read More »What happened when I stopped using social media for three weeks.
Here’s how hard I find it to deal with criticism: I went to therapy for it. Yep, in a classic bit of middle-class white privilege, significant portions of my therapeutic process have been about dealing… Read More »How I deal with criticism as a creative person
I spoke to one of my clients recently who is in the middle of a big potential switcheroo in her world. Lots of new information, life decisions and pivoting to make sure her business, her work, her… Read More »The importance of experimenting as a creative person
Building a strong, values-led brand sounds great. It sounds exciting and interesting. And it also sounds expensive, time-consuming and a lot of work. So why would having a values-led brand be useful? What can a… Read More »What can a values-led brand help me do in my creative business?