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Making 2017 Awesome

Making 2017 Awesome

2017 kicked off with two goal-setting workshops for me: one of them I designed and ran for Creative Edinburgh, and the other one was facilitated by my coach and mentor, Kim Ingleby, where I was a participant. Both of them were about focusing and getting…

My 21 Day Challenge Reflections

My 21 Day Challenge Reflections

Whilst I was spending a few weeks with my family in The Netherlands over Christmas and New Year, I set myself a fun little 21 day challenge (see my post for more details). It was to walk in the woods nearby every day and to…

End Of Year Reflections

End Of Year Reflections

At this time of the year a lot of people will be reflecting on the past year and planning for the year ahead. That includes me. I have taken some time for myself to go inward and look back over 2016 to explore what I…

A Fun Little 21 Day Challenge

A Fun Little 21 Day Challenge

A few days ago I set myself a fun little challenge to do whilst I am spending time in the Netherlands over Christmas and New Year. If you didn’t already know, I was born and brought up in the Netherlands, and my parents, who are…

Pigeons In The City

Pigeons In The City

In one of my recent blog posts, The Beauty In The Ordinary, I mentioned I was studying and sketching pigeons. It has been so much fun. This past week I had to submit some of my work from this term to my art tutor since…

Waiting: A Poem About A Gull

Waiting: A Poem About A Gull

The other week I put out a request on my Facebook page for some title suggestions for one of my pen and ink wildlife drawings. I called it Friday Fun. I didn’t expect to get so many wonderful suggestions! It thrilled me to bits. I…

Reflecting On Happiness

Reflecting On Happiness

How do we really know what we want and what makes us happy until we experience it? How can we know what we love, what works for us, what we need? We can make lists upon lists of what we like and don’t like, the…

Beauty In The Ordinary

Beauty In The Ordinary

Over the last few months I have been immersed in my creative work, in particular in my art practice. I have been observing and recording ordinary birds, such as gulls and pigeons. Some people have questioned – out of interest and curiosity – why I…

Questioning Creativity: Journey Vs Destination

Questioning Creativity: Journey Vs Destination

On Saturday I was honoured and thrilled to have been invited to take part in a new series of panel discussions, called Questioning Creativity. Set up by Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF) and Sandbox, four intimate and informal panel discussions took place over two evenings…

Paintbox Summer Exhibition July 2016

Paintbox Summer Exhibition July 2016

I’m excited to share with you that two of my pastel drawings will be featured in the upcoming Paintbox Summer Exhibition – my first gallery exhibition in Scotland! After my first ever exhibition last year, which took place in my hometown in The Netherlands, I…