“I’m not creative”

“I’m not creative”

“I’m not creative”. It makes me sad when people decide this about themselves. So here’s a rant. It makes me sad when people look at things I’ve made and say “I could never do that”, and they decide it means they’re not creative. Maybe they couldn’t do the exact thing...

Making things makes me happy: meet the Moon Witch

Making things makes me happy: meet the Moon Witch

Making things makes me happy. There’s something magical about making things with no preconceived idea of how it will turn out. Letting the creation inform you of what it wants to be. I make a lot of art this way - letting each colour tell me which colour comes next,...

The intimacy of writing to people

The intimacy of writing to people

A long time ago, in a far away land… And actually still sometimes here and now in this land… I used to write to people. I’d send them letters, or strange pieces of art with no sender written on the envelope, hoping to have them wonder for at least a second or two,...

Whatever I want.

Whatever I want.

I can do whatever I want. Every now and then I remember this and get really excited. Today was one of those times, realising that this is my life and I get to say how it goes. And it’s true - for me, I have a privileged existence, and the bounds of possibility are...

Get on the plane and trust.

Get on the plane and trust.

“Get on the plane and trust.” So I did, and everything turned out better than okay. If you’ve been following all the photos I’ve been posting from the past few weeks you’ll know I just spent some time in Victoria jumping all around the state visiting family and...

I have no idea what I’m doing, and it’s glorious.

I have no idea what I’m doing, and it’s glorious.

I have no idea what I’m doing, and it’s glorious. Which is hilarious, because twenty years ago (twenty? When did I get this old?) I wouldn’t have said it was glorious. I’d have said it was terrifying.  I’d also have told you no, thank you, I can’t meet you for...

Getting back into the habit of things.

Getting back into the habit of things.

It’s easy, when I get out of the habit of things (like writing), to feel a bit stuck with getting back into it. I make it into something bigger than it is. A hurdle to jump that’s almost impossibly high. I make beginning again be about more than just today. It’s...

Sometimes, life happens

Sometimes, life happens

Life is always happening, but sometimes it feels like there's MORE life crammed into a shorter space of time. More decisions to make, more experiences, both joyful and challenging, more things to deal with, more moving pieces, more intensity. And it’s in those times...

A note from the permission fairy.

A note from the permission fairy.

Today I’m the permission fairy, and I’m giving you (and myself) permission to rest when you need to. Sometimes it’s hard to slow down. Sometimes it’s hard to take a break. Sometimes it’s hard to put off til tomorrow (or put off forever) the non-urgent busywork...

Courage and confidence.

Courage and confidence.

Courage and confidence are two of the key ingredients of epic lives and grand adventures. What would you do if you had more courage and confidence? I’d live more, travel more, have more adventures, explore more, try more new things, love more, make more art, shine...