Regular coaching is so easy to schedule in, keeping you on track and pushing you forward whenever you need it. So how can we do this?
Working together via telephone or SKYPE – audio only or video. I’ve tried it myself and found it works great! Plus you can be anywhere you like – in your studio, office or in the comfort of your own home.
- Reduces on travel time
- Comfort in own environment
- Take your laptop anywhere you like
- Pick any day or time that suits you best
- Completely private
And that’s not all… if you like you can record the coaching session so you can refer back to it whenever you want!
As an introduction I’m happy to knock £5 off any phone or SKYPE calls in Feb & March – simply message me to book!
Did you realise that being creative through art, writing, photography or any special activity will promote change for you as a person. We change through our relationship with the creative act itself…
– By choosing our materials and methods
– Finding out what works and what doesn’t
– What suits our needs and what doesn’t
– Making choices based on these discoveries
Coaching and creative thinking also go hand-in-hand…
When making inquiries into ourselves, fresh ideas rise up, creating inspiring new visions for action. Change occurs as we gain greater confidence, clarity and creative purpose!
This is why we can often become unstuck when we stop ‘making’. Every little creative act gets us a little further along the way to discovering something new. Just like when we walk down the street we don’t know what’s around the next corner until we get to it.
So even if we’re not quite certain what to try next in the creative process, by doing something it means we’re closer to discovering if its good… or not! Our ability to make decisions based on this information therefore also increases our ability to adapt and change. That’s why you always hear the saying ‘Just DO IT’ – it’s good to do something in order to keep moving forward!
Is it February already? Yes! Are you in full swing now? I am!
Not only have I been moving houses so I’m residing in Cheshire again near to my family and friends. I’m also really chuffed to announce my continuing partnership with Liverpool-based Dot-Art running three brand new ‘Coaching for Creatives’ workshops.
– Vision: energise yourself into creating a future that really works for you with a focus on your artistic practice
– Inspire: all about thinking differently in terms of how artists sell themselves and how you can maximise your existing skills and gain new ones.
– Thrive: spread over 2 dates – achieve greater inner reflection through journaling. Artists may have a great output but what do you keep aside for yourself.
All workshops are taking place at the very arty Make. North Docks. Simply click on the links for more info or visit the Dot-Art website.
I’ve wanted to make a video for a while now though my own fear of being on camera has held me back. I’ve realised this for a while so it was a case of procrastination until now! Yes even I have to push through my fears!
I’ve created this short video to discuss the importance of creating a vision board, how it can give you clarity and spark a sense of excitement about what you really want to achieve. We all have dreams so combining coaching and vision boarding together can truly help to push you in the right direction.
Watch to find out more!
Being an artist is all about creativity so reflection time is not just important – it’s crucial!
Making sure you take the time to pause and reflect first means we can dig deeper when setting goals that align with your overall vision. Not only does it give you the opportunity to acknowledge your challenges but your successes too. You can really think about what you’ve accomplished and what you’d like to achieve in 2019.
So roll on January and onto my big announcement!
I’m running individual ‘POWER’ sessions for artists and creatives in January, February and March – a 2 hour in-depth, focused workshop tailored to each person. Choose between a Vision Mood-board session or a Reflective Journalling session.
Keep reading below to learn more about the sessions…
VISION: It’s important to create and shape a Vision of your future so you have something to work towards. Through coaching you will create a mood-board from magazines and newspapers – an image-based snapshot of your goals, dreams, wants & needs for 2019 (and further ahead). We will then identify your goals and create an action plan to move forward with.
REFLECTION: Together we will identify the conditions you need to be able to thrive in which will increase your confidence and resilience as an artist. We will spend time journaling, looking back over the last year and dreaming forwards to the year ahead. This allows you precious space to let loose and explore with colours, shapes, lines, and your words all at once. Journaling helps you to get in touch with your core self and work out what is most important.
Sessions are only £60 and I’ll bring most of the materials! You just need to bring yourself and for the Creative Journaling session bring a blank notebook or sketchpad you can’t wait to use.
Simply book direct with me via e-mail and we’ll arrange an introductory call to discuss your tailor-made session!
Is there a special secret to a non-stressful Christmas time. I’m not sure there is one but my own personal “top tip” would be to keep remembering what makes it a happy Christmas for you! Whether it’s your love of cheesy Christmas tunes, enjoying a whipped cream topped mince pie, watching Jim Carrey’s The Grinch for the 20th time or opening a kids selection box a few days early just because you have an uncontrollable chocolate urge.
Spending time with family and friends who share the same ‘Christmas vision’ as you is another good one. So if it’s some quiet down-time with mulled wine and a cosy onesie, or party nights and champagne cocktails, just do what feels good for you!
Christmas is definitely not a time to get worked up or over-stressed!
Try these tried and tested festive self-care tips…
- Don’t worry if you need to say no to plans or things you don’t feel up to doing
- Don’t pressure yourself to spend money
- Ask yourself: What is Christmas for me? What makes me happy?
- Go outside and take a walk. Fresh air always helps
- Eat well. Indulge in your fave treats but eat really well the rest of the time
- Curl up with a book and move away from the laptop/phone
- Be grateful for the little things that make your life special
- Be creative. Enjoy the making process with no expectations
- Remember to breathe… if you’re getting frustrated it will soon pass!
Here’s a great exercise to try if it feels like things are getting a little too much 🙂
LOVE or LOATHE
This exercise will help to bring more of what you love and cut out what you loathe in your life.
Write down some ideas about whenever you feel great and doing something you love. You look forward to doing or simply enjoy immensely. Now write down some ideas about when you feel a bit miserable and doing something you loathe, dread or hate doing!
- Think about a typical week and imagine your activities day to day, remembering what you loved or loathed.
- Are you surprised by the number of things you love or loathe?
- Are there any common themes or patterns?
- Have a think now about how you can reduce doing what you loathe or at least making it easier or more pleasurable
- Finally, brainstorm some of things you can do to increase doing what you love – whatever pops into your head!
What’s your next step?
Who doesn’t enjoy a book or five! Well if you’re like me then you probably have a raft of books lining your shelves at home. I’m often asked which books I can recommend about creativity, inspiration and finding your inner purpose. Help and advice comes in different forms so reading is an excellent way to supplement coaching and overall personal discovery!
Here’s a few books I’ve taken note of which seem to tick the boxes…
- Be More Pirate: Or How to Take On the World and Win by Sam Conniff Allende
- Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino
- Creative Superpowers: Equip Yourself for the Age of Creativity by Daniele Fiandaca
- Playing Big: A practical guide for brilliant women like you by Tara Mohr
- The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
- Make Art Every Day: A Weekly Planner for Creative Thinkers by Katie Vernon
- Creative Sprint: Six 30-Day Challenges to Jumpstart Your Creativity by Noah & Mica Scalin
On my own personal journey I’ve also read books such as ‘Feel the Fear and Just Do It’, ‘The Artists Way’ and ‘Finding Your Own North Star’ – they are a bit gung-ho (American writers!) but they are essential reading for either getting up and just doing something, or investigating your practise as an artist. Sometimes we lose our way and need a mini shake-up, reading (aka ‘Learning and discovery’) is always the best way to start the inner process!
Please add your favourites or any extra titles to the comment boxes below 🙂
It’s an exciting time for me as I venture into Liverpool next month! Here it is… I am officially announcing my new coaching partnership with Dot-Art – an established artist organisation with over 100 artists to launch a special one-off group coaching and mentoring workshop… ‘IGNITE’ is my new intensive development workshop for visual artists.
Taking place on Sat 24th November, you’ll have the chance to properly sit down and truly consider your art practise, your goals and what you want for the future. So don’t just wait this is your opportunity to take back charge!
We will cover:
- Your overall vision as an artist
- Enhancing performance & effectiveness
- Igniting your work focus (tactics you can employ)
- Increasing self-awareness & confidence
For more information please click here
I recently wrote on our Facebook page about how you can start to make life changes by setting positive intentions for your future. The crucial element is to set yourself small tasks which give you the momentum to move forward and have a fresh outlook on life.
Expect resistance to this change but hold strong and keep pushing through. And if you need the helping hand of a coach, you know where I am!
– Set Intentions: write clear pictures of what you want your life to be, as if it’s already true
– Set Goals: if you don’t have a goal, what is there to work toward?
– Make a Vision Board: it gives life to your goals and aspirations
– Engage in Self-Care: so crucial when you are trying to make a positive shift in your life
– Declutter, Declutter, Declutter! get organised and feel the weight lift off your shoulders
It starts with you and taking small steps to achieving your dream life bit by bit!