Are you filling your cup?

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott. During this time of uncertainty, which could last for longer than we think or hope, we need to look after ourselves if we are going to sustain ourselves through the crisis. In addition, since we are being told that our lives are going to change immeasurably, at least for the foreseeable future, I believe that we are going to have to adopt new strategies to help us adjust to the new normal. We are facing a lot of potential disappointments in our lives as we can no longer do those things which we used to take for granted, even relatively simple things such as travel outside our immediate area or

Darkness into Light 2020 – Doing it differently

I always look forward to taking part in Darkness into Light, the annual fundraiser for, the charity which provides help for those in suicidal distress, those in crisis and those bereaved by suicide. I have fond memories of joining thousands of joggers and walkers in yellow tee-shirts as we moved from initial darkness into the gradually unfolding light of a new day, supporting those among us who have survived suicide attempts and those have been bereaved by the tragedy of suicide in their family or friendship group. It is truly humbling to hear the stories of strength and survival from many of those who support Pieta because of the hope it has brought to their lives and to the l

How to get out of a creative rut and into ‘flow’

This blog is a sort of follow up to my last blog in which I gave my six tips for releasing our creative energy when it gets smothered in all the day to day busyness or when we just can’t find our ‘mojo’. There are other times, though, when I find myself in a real creative rut, when nothing I create excites me, when the creative energy is low or even non-existent. In my photography this is when I feel I have taken all the photos I can take, from every possible angle, when I still feel I’m not making much progress but am asking what is left to do? In photography it is important that we stay motivated and inspired for the sake of our long-term growth as photographers. Without motivation our exp

6 ways to reignite your creative spark

Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” With all the ‘busyness’ of our modern lives, with work, family and social commitments taking up a large amount of our time, it is hard to get time to think let alone be creative and artistic. I know this was certainly true for myself over the last few years. Everything seemed to be running at excessive speed and there didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do all I wanted to do. For those in this category, who are juggling so many demands and commitments, ‘being creative’ must seem like a luxury. On the other hand, lack of time might not be the problem. It could be a lack of motivation, a

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