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

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
Writing and Creativity

I wrote a really bad novel and I’m not ashamed to tell you about it.

In March this year I wrote a novel. On the 1st of the month I had 0 words, on the 31st I had 53,297. Pretty much all of them are terrible. And I really don’t care, because I WROTE A FUCKING BOOK. IN A MONTH. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way proud of it, and no one, under any circumstances whatsoever, is going to read it. It will hide in my laptop forever most likely, but...

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I wrote a really bad novel and I’m not ashamed to tell you about it.
Slow and Sustainable Living

A Fresh Start

In November 2012 I hit publish on my very first blog post. It was on a blog called The Very Hungry Londoner, and I was sat in Ginger and White in Belsize Park at the time. I remember my hand shaking as I pressed enter, a fact that was less due to the three flat whites I had just consumed and more due to my extreme nervousness about putting my writing out there. I felt completely...

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A Fresh Start