10 Day Dutch Beauty Challenge

10 Day Dutch Beauty Challenge

Whilst I was visiting my parents and brother in The Netherlands last month I decided to set myself another fun little challenge. If you read my blog regularly, you may remember I had set myself a challenge when I was in The Netherlands for an…

Bonding With My Dad Over Birds

Bonding With My Dad Over Birds

During a recent trip to The Netherlands to visit my parents and my brother, my dad and I went to one of our favourite local bird hides on my last day. I wasn’t flying till the evening so I had a full day to do…

How I Came To Love Birds

How I Came To Love Birds

I love birds. They inspire me. It wasn’t always this way though. I remember I loved animals as a child, but then somewhere along the line I lost interest in them (even though at one point I’d wanted to be a vet!), and instead turned…

The Beauty I Love Is What I Do

The Beauty I Love Is What I Do

“Let the beauty we love be what we do” – Rumi One of the beauties I love is Nature. Birds, landscapes, plants, flowers, wildlife, everything in nature. I love being in nature, too. Last October, on our monthly mini-adventure, my lovely friend Heather and I…

Fill Your Well For More Creative Energy

Fill Your Well For More Creative Energy

The other day I got up and went to one of my favourite cafes in the centre of Edinburgh to write and brainstorm a creative idea I’ve had for a while. I felt it was time to start acting on this impulse, because it wouldn’t…

Questioning Creativity: Breathing Space

Questioning Creativity: Breathing Space

Last Sunday I was honoured to host the fifth Questioning Creativity panel discussion at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The topic this time was Breathing Space, one of my favourite things to explore and talk about. Along with my four panel members – Chris…

Take Yourself On A Date

Take Yourself On A Date

I often take myself on a date. An artist’s date, a writer’s date or a well-being date; whatever you want to call it, it’s doing something for myself that I love, enjoy and feel good about that nurtures my soul. For example, I will take…

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…