A blog about living a simple, sustainable and creative life.

Thoughtful Business and Branding

All In: From Freelance to Business

You know when someone says something that is really obvious, but it completely shocks you with its insight? Well, this happened to me last summer, when I was on a call with my creative coach Jen Carrington, and she said this to me: "Your website is a business, Fiona.” Well yes, the word “duh” comes to mind.  Given that I had been earning money from writing and editing jobs for...

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All In: From Freelance to Business
Slow and Sustainable Living

Coming Home

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine, who I met in Bali. At the time we were both living the digital nomad dream; Instagramming our rice-field facing desks, riding our scooters to jungle over-hanging pools or hidden water temples at the weekends, and our chats frequently turned to where we both fancied going to next. Yet a year and a half or so later, and we are both back on...

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Coming Home
Writing and Creativity

Creativity and Anxiety: Two sides of the same coin

“It wasn’t Lyra’s way to brood; she was a sanguine and practical child, and besides, she wasn’t imaginative. No one with much imagination would have thought seriously that it was possible to come all this way and rescue her friend Roger; or having thought it, an imaginative child would immediately have come up with several ways in which it was impossible.” Philip Pullman, Northern...

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Creativity and Anxiety: Two sides of the same coin
Slow and Sustainable Living

There Are Other Ways

When I left university at 22, I thought there was only one path I could take: move to London, do some work experience, and then accept the first job that was offered to me. I knew nothing of digital nomadism, working freelance or entrepreneurship. I didn’t question whether London was the right place for me or not, or if the life I was about to start building would suit me. It was...

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There Are Other Ways
Thoughtful Business and Branding

C&C: How to Create a Content Schedule

I have never been a regular blogger. Erratic is probably the most suitable word to describe my posting schedule since I started my first blog almost five years ago. Yet, I now have a proper content strategy and calendar in place, and, touch wood, I am sticking to it. So what’s changed? Well, unfortunately, what everyone says is true: the best way to grow your blog, or any online...

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C&C: How to Create a Content Schedule
Slow and Sustainable Living

Lessons learnt from my first nine months as a digital nomad, and freelance writer and editor.

When I left the UK in early January for Bali, I had just one goal: to make the digital nomad lifestyle sustainable. I knew from pretty early on last year that I did not want to return to London and conventional full-time employment once my travels were over, nor did I want to continue backpacking and living off my rapidly diminishing savings pot. I needed a sustainable and...

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Lessons learnt from my first nine months as a digital nomad, and freelance writer and editor.
Writing and Creativity

Why you should take part in NaNoWriMo

I have a confession to make. When I worked at a literary agency in London I hated NaNoWriMo. My Twitter timeline would be flooded with people talking about it all November, and then once the month was over, my inbox flooded with the results. It used to irk me no end, and I never understood it, or its appeal. Who were these people? What on earth made them think they could write a...

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Why you should take part in NaNoWriMo
Writing and Creativity

How to Get Creatively Unblocked

This paragraph in The Artist’s Way is the most heavily underlined and starred in my whole copy of the book: “Shadow artists are gravitating to their rightful tribe but cannot yet claim their birthright….Shadow artists often choose shadow careers - those close to the desired art, even parallel to it, but not the art itself. Noting their venom, Francois Truffant contended that...

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How to Get Creatively Unblocked
Writing and Creativity

You don’t have to create something good, in order to create.

When you were younger did you ever just spend the afternoon with a big box of crayons and a pile of white paper? Or open your own “Mud Cafe” in the treehouse in your garden, serving a selection of delectable offerings made from different coloured dirt, leaves and twigs (just me? oh.). Or go over to a friend’s house to make up stories about what happens when their collection of...

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You don’t have to create something good, in order to create.
Slow and Sustainable Living

Wabi-Sabi, or The Art of Imperfection

The Japanese language has some really good words: Komorebi, sunlight filtering through trees. Irusu, pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door. Tsundoku, buying a book and leaving it unread. Shinrin-Yoku, visiting a forest for relaxation and to improve your health (it translates literally as forest-bathing) But by far my favourite is wabi-sabi, or the art of...

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Wabi-Sabi, or The Art of Imperfection