Crafting words to spark an emotional connection with people in search of inspiration for a calm, creative life.


Behind the scenes – editing and proofreading Five Ways to Focus

The world of editing and proofreading can seem mysterious, especially if you’re new to it. It’s a part of the book creation process which is often invisible to us. I wanted to share this behind-the-scenes post to tell you more about what’s involved and what to expect.  I have had the pleasure of working with Julia Wolfendale, an executive coach, author and founder of On The Up Consulting to edit and proofread her wonderful book Five Ways to Focus.  Julia explains that the book ‘is about discovering a new way to beat the overwhelm and deal with the distraction by…

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Celebrating creative successes

I hope you are settling into autumn. I love getting out for walks and paying attention to the changes of the season, whether that’s the transformation of the leaves or mushrooms erupting overnight.  This month, I wanted to share my thoughts on celebrations with you. I reached a milestone recently and have now published ten features. It may be a small step on my journey as a writer but each of these steps add up and remind me that I am on the right path. Many of us (and I include myself in this) have a tendency to focus on…

Hope is the thing with feathers

As a child, I often used to write stories about flight. There were tales of flying horses, flying carpets and on occasion even flying dinosaurs. I was reminded of this obsession recently when I started to notice feathers everywhere. This was all the more curious as the birds were nowhere to be seen. I could not remember the last time the goldfinches had visited my bird feeders. It turns out that in late summer, many birds lose their feathers. This moulting takes place so they can develop their plumage for the colder season ahead. During this transformation, the birds hide…

Wardrobe Wellbeing

I’m excited to see my feature in print in Planet Mindful magazine about how our clothing choices can lift our mood and help protect the environment. I share my experience of meeting with Camilla Cheung, the founder of Manchester-based business Wardrobe Wellbeing, for a sustainable styling session. The feature explores how small changes in our everyday actions can make a real difference to the way we feel and have a positive impact on the planet. You can get hold of a copy in high street retailers or online here.