Artist dates are an important part of the journey in Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way. These weekly excursions to feed your inner artist and give you time to listen, both to your inner child and to the whispers of inspiration, are seen as non-negotiable. I’m a great fan of grabbing time to oneself and creating space to feel free, but 2020 and now 2021 are … Continue reading Artist Dates in the Time of Coronavirus
Be honest, do you feel able to call yourself an Artist? Have you ever been brave enough to stand up and announce that you have created something and it is good? I struggle to do this, I really do. Even after four and a half years writing a blog and (hopefully) not repeating myself too often, of writing, proofing and publishing six… seven? books that … Continue reading The Artist’s Way: Week One, Recovering A Sense of Safety
My word for the year is CREATIVITY and my intention is to live my live creatively, with a focus on adopting good habits, adapting situations to suit me and using my talents to create more and better both through writing, art and other creative methods themselves. It’s partly inspired by my decision to reread Simple Abundance properly every day as I outlined in my post … Continue reading Book Friday: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Hope in 2021: It’s the only thing that will carry us through. Continue reading Can We Just Carry the Hope Across? Welcome to 2021: The Year of Hope.
I’m not planning to post anything between Christmas and New Year (Twixmas or Romjul, if you prefer) except perhaps a catch up post, so this post is really a sort of forward planning post, looking at what I intend to do next week and what I’m planning to start off with next year. I have some questions I need answering by any readers out there, … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year
The benefits of crafting to mental health are well known… indeed, as Mind’s Crafternoon on 5th December set out to show, it boosts self esteem, it creates positive neural pathways and it generally takes absolute concentration to learn and perform a craft. Today is about considering what craft you’d like to learn in 2021 and setting the wheels in motion. It takes 10,000 hours to … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft
Lockdown II started at midnight and, so far, has had absolutely no impact on my life except that I didn’t open all the shutters in the office. I still have my view, I’m still sat answering the phone, taking the messages and typing wildly to get through a pile of dictation left by my husband overnight in some wicked reversal of The Elves and The … Continue reading This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020
The most wonderful thing about Lockdown for me has been the ability to step away from absolutely everything in my life. We closed the office down at the end of March, and brought files, office equipment and sundries home to run the business from the small front office. My computer became the sole office computer, and my role as receptionist faded to that of putting … Continue reading Cultivating Play and Rest: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 7