The one thing you can learn from my 150 days away

  If I was a millionaire, one of the things I'd do is wear a brand new pair of socks each day. There is nothing - and I mean nothing - like putting on a pair of socks straight from the pack, never been worn. Even thinking about it gives me a nice shiver. So it's with great dismay I share this with you: I haven't worn new socks in five months. My so[...]

The story of my journey to feeling worthwhile

  One of my favourite things to do is very small, like many great things in life. Each morning I like to have a glass of orange juice with my breakfast. Not particularly ground-breaking, I know. But it gives me a joyful start to a day, and it is a small, great thing. Yet for a long time I didn't do it. I thought buying orange juice (the nice stuff: [...]

Four reasons why small business owners get rewarded for being busy all the time, and how it doesn’t serve you

When I attended the One Woman Conference in October 2018, the founder asked us: “Who here wears busy as a badge of honour?” Awkwardness. A little silence. And then a lot of nodding and ‘uh-huh’ing. Because you know what that means. Busy as a badge of honour is “I’ve just got so much on right now” said with a humble smile “Oh, it’s exh[...]

How perfectionism holds you back as a business owner

As you're trying to carry too many things up the stairs at once, you feel a notebook slide … sense an awkward balancing act … and – too late. Your favourite mug has met a bitter separation with its handle (and several other pieces). So what do you do? Do you bin it? Fix it with superglue? Or do you 'kintsugi' it? Let me introduce to kintsugi. It roug[...]

The best way to overcome creative block – and it’s very simple

Some days, you'll have that feeling. You know the one. It's the feeling where no matter what projects or deadlines you have, you can't seem to muster up the creativity to do what needs to be done. Creative block is a real thing. When faced with the blank page, some days we just can't do it. So we run, hide and avoid doing anything creative at all. Alternative[...]

How to gain your Level One badge in Courage and Fortitude

Hello. One of the recent questions I was asked on Instagram was "How do you find the courage to do spoken word performance?". So let's talk about courage. Courage: the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery; strength in the face of pain or grief. From Latin 'cor' and French 'corage', related to the heart We seem to often think people[...]

How to use your voice without freaking out: one person’s attempt at saying stuff out loud

Hello. Let's talk about using your voice. Since I was 17 I've written down my ideas and shared them with the Internet. It started with a blog about sewing, progressing to fashion, progressing to arts and culture. Now I write about whatever intrigues me at that moment, hoping it will intrigue others too. Recently a friend and I even thought it would be fu[...]