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The importance of experimenting 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 life and everything else fit together well. And one of the things she said was feeling like she’s constantly chopping […]

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Business

What can a values-led brand help me do in my creative business?

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 good brand help you do in your business? 1. It helps you make more effective decisions. With the right brand, […]

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Exploring the barriers to an artist’s personal growth

Recently I shared a writing concern on Twitter, asking “Is there a word count at which you start feeling like you’re wading into custard?”. At around 25,000 words into my book, I felt as if I was running out of steam. My natural inclination was to go back and start tinkering with what I’d already […]

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Business

My three principles of growth (that go against popular opinion)

I’ve grown a lot over the last six to 12 months as I’ve encountered and begun to overcome one of the larger obstacles in my psyche: being comfortable with interdependence. I’ve written before about my obsessive requirement to be independent, and both the benefits and deprivations it’s resulted in during my life so far. Interdependence is astonishingly […]

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Client Stories

Client Story: Hayley Mills-Styles, Thread Artist

Hayley approached me about working together after recognising that her own creative practice had taken a backseat. Her time was filled with community workshops and she often felt at the whims of other people’s creative needs. Hayley is a thread artist specialising in story-telling through textile art. She has a distinct and beautiful visual identity […]

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Client Story: Frances Hansom, Holistic Therapist

Frances is not only a wonderful therapist specialising in reiki and massage, but a brilliant friend too. She got in touch with me to see if, through coaching, I could help her find the joy and energy in her business again. Frances had recently decided to leave salaried employment so she could focus on developing […]

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Client Story: Jennifer Cockcroft, Creative Mentor

Jennifer and I got to know each other through Instagram, where we connected over our mutual love of colour and appreciation of joyful moments in life. Jennifer describes herself as a multi-passionate creative whose business has emerged from a decision to live a life more in line with what’s important to her. Starting out as […]

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Client Story: Maryanne Scott, Branding Photographer

Maryanne and I worked together after meeting through a networking group. I love the combination of her energy and enthusiasm for what she does and the down-to-earth nature of how she does it. When we first spoke, Maryanne’s photography business centred around weddings, but she wanted to do something closer to what she really enjoyed […]

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Why I think investing in yourself and the people you value is so hard

  The last time I checked my purse before I got back to the UK, I had five different currencies in there: pesos, dollars (two types), euros and sterling. Mostly, it was all in fiddly change – the type no-one’s going to swap but is ideal for the ‘change pot’. The ‘change pot’ is a […]