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Power

The concept of power – where it lives, who ‘owns’ it, what form it takes, where it is expressed or repressed – began to interest me during my post-grad degree. Before that I’d experienced power struggles, but didn’t have the words – or the personal power ‘muscle’ – to understand or participate in them. After […]

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Capturing life

When I was seventeen and studying art, I visited the school library for inspiration. During that difficult couple of late-teenage years, books, particularly art books, transported me elsewhere; somewhere where mundane requirements like time and maths lessons and trauma didn’t exist. So I was searching for inspiration when I sat down that day. But I […]

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A question to help shift your negative self-talk

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’, ‘silly’ and ‘ungrateful’ and no-one would tell me otherwise. But it’s a continuous process to change my (silent) self-talk from […]

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Tips for creating a positive mindset as an artist

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 culmination of research on our understanding of where intellectual and cognitive ability comes from. Dweck established that everyone was on […]

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What happened when I stopped using social media for three weeks.

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 connecting with others over everything from politics and astrology to punk music and creativity. I use social media to promote […]

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How I deal with criticism as a creative person

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 with being criticised. A former therapist once reflected to me that “goody two shoes” was an identity I seemed to […]

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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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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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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 […]