My August photo challenge 

I haven’t done a photo challenge for a while, so I’ve decided to do another one during August. This time, the theme will be “black & white” – I’ll take a photo each day and then upload it to Instagram with a black and white filter. This is one I’ve been meaning to do for…

Trees and sky

5 of my favourite things 

A couple of years ago I went through a phase of posting regular “things I’m grateful for this week” posts. Now feels like a good time to do something similar again, while I have a slower pace of life and less time to write long blogs. So here are my favourite things this week: Sleep…

My creative plans for 2017-18

I now have limited spare time, and if I’m alone with my newborn baby, I rarely get to finish anything in one sitting. Meals, writing emails or text messages, thoughts, blog posts…… (ironically at this point I was interrupted…..) So this means I have to focus on a very small number of projects, not dabble…

A new era

So I had a baby four weeks ago. It’s an easy enough sentence to write, yet it encompasses so much. The moment of finding out I was pregnant. The 2 months of knowing but not telling people beyond family and a couple of friends. The following 6 months of pregnancy and its many ups and…

Is blogging better with friends?

I decided last week to start writing on my blog again, while I have some time between finishing work and baby arriving. However, I’ve been struggling to work out what to write about the last few days. I’ve half written two posts, but neither really came together satisfactorily. Part of that is of course because…

What could you do in 20 minutes a day?

Slightly cheating on my “blogging every day” plan, as I drafted this a while ago but hadn’t had time to finish it. But with a bit of editing it follows on nicely from yesterday’s post about time…. A few years ago, I did a 30 day challenge in which I wrote a blog post a…

Calendar

About time

So I browsed through a couple of draft blog posts I’ve got stored. But decided against publishing them. One because it was a particularly topical one, and was no longer relevant. The other was fine, but it just wasn’t calling to me to publish it. It felt like I was forcing the subject to fit…

Blogging again?

It’s funny what drives me to write blog posts. Sometimes it’s inspiration, sometimes it’s annoyance about something, and sometimes it’s just having too much spare time on my hands. Today it’s the latter.  My first day of maternity leave, coming after a busy couple of weeks at work, finishing off reports and handing over projects…

31 (ish) days of sky

In January I decided to do another photo challenge, with one difference to previous ones I’ve done. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it, mainly so I wouldn’t have to post every day or leave updates. This could have backfired on me and made me give up without encouragement, but actually I did see…

Why bother blogging?

I keep seeing updates on Facebook that this time 2 years ago I was doing Come Blog With Me, a daily blogging challenge. And I really enjoyed it. Yet now, I barely blog at all. In fact I haven’t written anything for this blog since July. I’ve posted a few creative snippets elsewhere, but even…

My creative plans for 2016

So 2015 is about to come to an end. It was an odd one for me, starting with recovery from an operation, which took much longer than I could ever have anticipated.  And when I did get back to a sense of normality, I chose to take a job for the first time in over…

An alphabet of photos

I started writing this post shortly after I finished my November photo challenge. And then things got busy and I didn’t have time to finish it. But finally I’ve had a bit of spare time to edit it and publish it…. So I did it, I completed my month of photos – at least according…

No swimming

Time for another photo challenge…

As autumn arrives and the leaves fall and disappear, I need something creative to make me get out and about in the dark and cold. So once again I’m going to embark on a month of daily photos. I’ve done this quite a few times in the past and always found it to be creatively…

Sun through the trees

The need to blog

Written while on a plane, just got round to posting…. So I haven’t written a blog post in a while. Just the creative snippets which I enjoy finding in the corners of my brain. But I’ve been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” and was inspired to write a longer…

Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday

Goodbye to today. Today is gone, today is no more. I have checked out, I have left my hotel key at reception. Today no longer holds my interest, it’s time for a new start again. The beauty of tomorrow is that it’s always there, waiting in the wings, waiting to save us from ourselves. We…