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Time for another photo challenge…

As autumn arrives and the leaves fall and disappear, I need something creative to make me get out and about in the dark and cold. So once again I’m going to embark on a month of daily photos. I’ve done this quite a few times in the past and always found it to be creatively…

Sun through the trees

The need to blog

Written while on a plane, just got round to posting…. So I haven’t written a blog post in a while. Just the creative snippets which I enjoy finding in the corners of my brain. But I’ve been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” and was inspired to write a longer…

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Blog news – what’s next for this blog?

Well it’s been a couple of months since I posted anything on here, as I’ve been busy adjusting to the new job and all that brings with it. I was really keen to keep up this blog, as I enjoy the random musings and conversations that come out of them. I do still plan to…

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Why my blog is a little quiet at the moment

You may or may not have noticed my absence. It’s only been a few weeks, but having got into the habit of blogging regularly I do notice that I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve got a job now (I was self-employed for 18 months and doing part-time contracts before that) and I’m still…

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What I’ve learned about self-employment

Right back at the beginning of my freelancing adventure, I wrote a blog post about the weird and wonderful things about freelancing and self-employment in general. For the last 18 months I’ve been working from home doing freelance work for communications agencies and I have been doing some consultancy with small/micro business clients as well.…

Trees and sky

The moments that create our legacy

I went to see a couple of exhibitions at the Tate Modern last week. Both exhibitions (Marlene Dumas and Sonia Delaunay) looked at the artist’s work across their career, noting significant points in their own lives and describing some of the events happening around them in the world at the time. And after seeing them I…

Lake at Black Park

Why I’m pondering the future of this blog

This blog has gone through several phases in its life. Its recent reincarnation happened at a time when I was sitting around at home recovering from an operation, with a lot of time on my hands to think and to write. And the posts got a bit more philosophical and felt a bit more personal.…

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Those blog posts that never quite make it

I was reading a blog post by fellow CBWM participant Soozi Baggs, about procrastination and resistance, and it made me think. She talks about those blog posts that get written and edited and played around with, but never quite get to be published. And I realised I have quite a few of those loitering around…

Cheerful pansy

Why little details are important to me

Yesterday I was grumpy. I won’t go into that right now, although I’m sure there’s a blog post or two in there. At the end of the day when I was cooking dinner, I thought back on all the hours of that day, looking for good things in amongst the stuff that got me down.…

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My tips for making your ideas happen

I came across a question yesterday in a Facebook group I belong to, and it inspired me to share my tips for making ideas happen. As someone who has lots of ideas and many projects and freelance work activities on the go at once, I’ve had to adapt my corporate ways into self-employed systems that…

Beach hut, Hayling Island

A month of photos – with a blue theme

As I mentioned here, I planned to spend the whole of March doing a daily photo challenge. I had chosen the theme “blue”, which some days did prove to be quite challenging. The only naturally occurring blue things in nature are the sky and flowers, and there are no blue foods (I did consider experimenting…

Zebra, Marwell Wildlife Park

Why blogging can feel like talking to yourself

Sometimes I do wonder what the point is of blogging. It does often feel like I’m talking to myself. I have noticed that the more frequently I blog, the more people interact with me, and the more motivated I am to continue blogging. But if I don’t blog very much, nobody seems to notice. The…

Daffodils in bloom

Spring has sprung and is inspiring changes

So, it’s now officially spring again. The clocks have gone forwards, and the evenings will start to get lighter. Animals are coming out of hibernation, yawning and stretching, and limbering up for a bit of running around being frisky. The flowers are following the lead of the daffodils and crocuses and poking their heads out…

A little spark of madness

I’m feeling a little under the weather this week with a nasty cold, so I thought I’d share one of my favourite quotes instead of writing a whole blog post. I remember coming across this when reading about Robin Williams after his death last year, and being drawn to it.

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Some of my favourite illustrators

I’m fortunate enough to have come into contact with a lot of amazing creative people through my participation in the 30 Day Challenge over the last few years. My creative outlet is photography, and my drawing skills are limited to sketching weird penguins, so I’m in awe of anyone who can actually draw! I thought…

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So a weird thing happened

A weird thing happened to me the other day. For a few hours I had nothing to worry about, nothing to mull over in my mind. It was an odd feeling. Kind of nice. But strange. The thing I’d been worrying about for a few weeks had moved on to a new phase, into The…