For a number of years now I have been reflecting on my previous year and setting intentions for the year to come. In more recent years I have set aside a day to come and see my friend Amanda and go through those reflections in an intentional and structured way. Why? Because my life matters … Continue reading Present over Perfect book club: embrace your life
I have discovered a wonderful technique for dealing with the overwhelm of daily life. And that is asking the question 'What's on top?' What is the first thing that comes to mind that is annoying you, or you just can't shake that you need to do? When I do that thing, and then the next … Continue reading Present over Perfect Bookclub: what’s on top?
I was in the middle of severe grief due to miscarriages, and I found this book called Bittersweet. I don't recall what made me pick it up. Whether it was the picture of the crumbled chocolate on the front or the subtitle; 'thoughts on change, grace and learning the hard way'. Either way, it found … Continue reading Present over Perfect book club: an introduction
We have reached the end of our online bookclub and the question Elaine, Amanda and I have for this last post is: What have we learned about creativity from Big Magic? For me it can be summed up in two phrases: Take it seriously and hold it lightly. These two phrases seem to be contradictory, but … Continue reading on creativity, dedication and joy
Despite my certainty now, I did not always know I would be a writer. Elizabeth Gilbert made a sacred vow of writing around the age of 16. Elaine Fraser she knew she wanted to be a writer at age 10. Not me. Don't get me wrong. Have I always loved writing? Absolutely. Has it always been a … Continue reading a divine partnership
I love writing. I love the thrill of a phrase that sits perfectly on the page. I love the tap of the keyboard, and the soft scratch of pen on paper. I love the feeling you get when you manage to capture an elusive emotion in a few words. I love those days when … Continue reading Are you passionate enough to endure?