Are You Holding Yourself Back? #SelfCare

Are you holding backWhen we’re in our tweens, we long to reach our teens. When we finally arrive at that sweet sixteen landmark, we long for adulthood.

As adults, many of us aren’t prepared for the mess of responsibilities, or indeed, the real-life influences that can suck out our creative soul. Time goes by, and our lives can feel a little bit out of control. That electricity bill needs to be paid, the sales meeting must be attended, and the car has to be insured, but when do we make time for the dreams and aspirations we had growing up?

As an eight-year-old, I had clear ideas of becoming an author, but it wasn’t until I reached the ripe old age of forty-two that I got around to doing something about it. For thirty-four years I’d held myself back in a variety of ways. Throughout my twenties, and thirties I often woke in the middle of the night dreaming about characters, and plot twists, but I used the excuse of an unhappy marriage, subsequent divorce, and being a single mum as a way of telling myself I didn’t have time to write.

I allowed my limiting beliefs to control my actions. ‘I’m not good enough,’ and ‘people will think I’m stupid,’ were constant thought patterns. I’d built these walls around myself, and it took many years before I realised they were preventing me from achieving my writing dreams. Read more

How to Organise Your Workspace and Boost Your Productivity

How to Organise your WorkspaceAs a writer, I have developed a knack for writing anytime and anywhere. It can be in a coffee shop a la J.K. Rowling, or on the train during a commute. I’ve even been known to take a pad and pen into the bath with me, but nothing compares to having a desk for my creative pursuits.

Most office workers will have a desk they call their own, and they can become highly territorial about it. It’s a place to house your potted plant, family photo, folders, files, a collection of coffee mugs, and somewhere under the mess, a laptop or computer.

Having a desk at home can be vital to your wellbeing and sanity. It’s where you can plan, organise and streamline your life. A dedicated workspace allows you to stay prepared, and be on top of the household comings and goings as well as work related activities.

So, how can we organise our home workspace and boost our productivity? Read more