One of my photography tutors used to say that you shouldn’t worry too much about equipment when you’re getting started with photography, because you won’t find the camera that works best for you until the third attempt. The same goes for your camera bag, your tripod, your remote control and pretty much everything else too.read more
Okay, I’m doing it! People have been asking me to offer workshops for a very long time, but I was way too scared to do it! Now I want to hear from you….read more
Perhaps the last time I wrote a short story was GCSE English, a looooooong time ago. And, as is my nature, I agonised over it. For three long weeks I wrote excessively descriptive passages, and then balled them up and chucked them into the bin. It was torturous and I just couldn’t find my rhythm.
When I finally handed in the completed piece, I breathed a sigh of relief. As often happens, as soon as I relaxed I realised I had made a mistake, a huge one.
Every work of art ever created, and every work of art that will ever be created, could have been better. Every piece is imperfect in some way. The point is not to be perfect. The point is to communicate, in the best way you can at that particular moment, what it is that you need to say. To silence your voice until it is “good enough” is to deny us a part of your story.
It is your right, and in fact your responsibility, to share your outlook on life, your viewpoint on the world, your response to the human condition. You. The only one of you that has ever existed or will ever exist.read more
“I will not be less than I am. I will not round my corners, or dilute myself. I will trust that being no less than who I truly am, will lead me to where I need to be, and where I need to be is the place I can make my greatest contribution.”read more
A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about all of the things I had learned from my very first year as a one-person business. As we small business owners are always so hard on ourselves, I thought it might be nice to revisit this process regularly. A reminder to myself of how far I have come, and a reminder to other small business folks that we are all in the same boat, facing many of the same challenges.
Then, last year hit me like a train, and this idea….like so much self care, got pushed to the back of the line.
So, having missed the lessons learned from my second year in business, here are the lessons from my third…read more
My mother was watching television when I dashed into the room late at night, red eyed and snivelling, and pronounced that I just wanted to “do something” with my life.
I was, I think six or seven, and I think she was rather confused by what had provoked such an eruption. The answer was nothing, as usual, or perhaps it was just that I didn’t really know. In any case, I was becalmed and sent back to bed and it was put down to another one of my outbursts.read more
Apparently today is the day that most of us will give up on our New Year’s resolutions. I found a few other sources which suggested it might even be earlier but pretty much everyone agreed that two and a half weeks was about the best we can hope for.
Two and a half weeks. Seventeen measly days.
Seriously? That’s the best we can do?
We spend the majority of the Christmas holidays taking stock of the year and thinking carefully about the things we want more or less of in the future. More money, less struggle, more water, less food, more love, less conflict.
If you’re like me, you fill in endless planners and goal setting worksheets and search for your word of the year. We think about the way we’d like our lives to be. We dream about how it would feel to be more organised, or more hydrated, or more fulfilled in our jobs.
And seventeen days later we decide it’s all too much of a hassle. Not worth the effort involved.
Not worth the effort? To get the things we want? I don’t think that’s it.read more