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Category... Creativity

Are you following the bread crumbs?

A decade before I wrote my first book, I was walking around the streets of New York. I’d gotten lost in the back streets of SOHO and was meandering along my way when I came across a big bookstore. In the large window display were a whole range of books on how to be a non-fiction writer. At this stage I hadn’t even dreamt of writing a book. But something about this display intrigued me. So I found the writing section, and before I knew what was happening, I was walking back on the ...

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Want to start a side hustle? Bust these myths that will stop you.

Danielle sits at her desk each day in between meetings sketching designs of the jewellery she longs to make but doesn’t, because she thinks to herself again and again that no one will ever buy it. Georgia works in a bank but secretly dreams about starting a baking business and becoming the next cupcake Queen. But she doesn’t, because she thinks she needs to have a commercial kitchen and a retail store and lots and lots of money. And then there’s Mary, who gets woken up at ...

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The start of a creative project…..it’s messy.

Every one of us, no matter what type of role or business we are in, has our own creative journey. Whether it’s starting a new business, developing a strategy, delivering a project or making art, we all have a process, even if we think it looks nothing like one – because processes are meant to be structured and linear and creativity is often anything but. If you’ve been here for a while now you know I am an author, and I’m working on my third book. Whilst my past two have ...

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Writing tips and inspiration (even if you’re not a ‘writer’)

It delights me how many women I meet who want to write. I see this desire arise in my private coaching clients, with women I meet at speaking engagements and through the women I connect with on social media. There are the conversations that are full of bold declarations from women who are sure they want to write a book. There are the shy side conversations from women who have a secret yearning to write but have not yet expressed it. And there are the silent ones who follow my work with an ...

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WLW 018 Emma Franklin Bell on Experimenting and Entrepreneurship

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, but you’re not sure how to get started, then this episode with Emma Franklin Bell is a great one for you. Emma explains why treating entrepreneurship and starting a business like a series of experiments is a key philosophy for her and how it can help you to break through fears that might be holding you back. And if you’ve ever wanted to write a book, there’s also lots of juicy information in this episode about developing a writing ...

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Are you pushing too hard? (the inside story…)

Here we are in a new week. Fresh mornings, new to-do lists, and potentially mixed emotions with what you have ahead. I feel you. I am arguably busier than I have ever been, all with things I am excited about, but lots of it nonetheless. I feel like I usually have a good balance between my work which I am exceptionally passionate about, and my life which I love. I spend good quality time with my family and friends, prioritise my kid over absolutely everything else, and make plenty of time for ...

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Looking for a good book? What I read and loved in 2015

If you have read my articles for a while, you will know I love a good book. Ok, let’s get real – I am completely obsessed with books. I have thousands of them in my house, piled up on every available surface. I buy them even when I know I won’t get to read them for months. I even have more than a few that have been on my shelf for a year or longer, unread (but waiting for me patiently, as books do). It’s a love affair really. Being a strategist, writer, and a PhD ...

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8 ways to bust your creative blocks at work

Feeling creatively stifled? As you get stuck into your work this week, no matter what you are actually doing (working for someone else, setting the world on fire in your own gig, climbing a mountain – well ok, maybe not that one), have a think about how creative you are feeling. Are you in a creative rut? When was the last time you really made something new? So many of us find ourselves in that rut a good chunk of the time – even those whose job it is to create (that would be me). ...

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Chase the grace

I am seeing a lot of overwhelm amongst my clients and rooms of women that I am speaking to at the moment. Perhaps it’s the time of year, and the half way point is weighing on people. Perhaps you may be in need of a holiday, a mini break, some personal restoration time. If you can relate to that, then this is for you. My first published poem, but certainly not my first poem as I have been writing them my whole life. Sometimes a feeling can be so beautifully expressed in these words. I hope ...

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Four books I’m loving right now

I am constantly being inspired by what I read. To be honest, I’m a little obsessed by books. Any format, most genres, can’t get enough. And I’m asked all the time ‘what are you reading now?’. It’s never a singular answer, as my bedside is never without a pile of at least ten titles, and I have books scattered across every surface in my house. So for your reading pleasure, here are four books I am loving right now. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly ...

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New Podcast: Life & Love with Lisa Messenger

For those of you who were inspired by Lisa Messenger’s incredible story and personal insights from Part One of our podcast with her, then you’re going to love Part Two of our interview where you’ll get more of Lisa’s beautiful, raw honesty as well as a look inside her latest best-selling book Life & Love: Creating the dream.  Yes that’s right, just 4 months after releasing Daring & Disruptive, Lisa released another book – this woman is prolific. For anyone who doesn’t ...

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Make your art

You are an artist.  No I’m not. I can’t paint. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. I’m not creative.  I don’t write. I don’t play. I don’t…..fill in the resistance filled blank here. But this is not just what art is. Art is creation. Art is thinking outside the box. Or destroying the box. Art is showing up and speaking up when it’s hard. Art is crafting a strategy and sharing it. Art is the way you cook a meal with love for your ...

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