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Career Development

Finding Your Voice Online – Interview with Nicola Balkind

Are you a writer, or do you want to be?  Then you’ll probably want to have a listen to this in-depth interview I recently recorded with Glasgow-based Writer and Content Specialist Nicola Balkind. Nicola is giving a workshop in Edinburgh on Finding Your Voice Online (at the Skriva Writing School on Friday 23rd October) where she will help writers create “a […]

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Why ‘Grit Conquers All’ when it comes to creative work

“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than ton of theory.” – E.F. Schumacher (author of the book Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered) At last year’s Small is Beautiful conference in Glasgow, the first speaker was writer and author Jocelyn K Glei, who at the time was Founding Editor and Director of Behance’s […]

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Career Development

Micro-Businesses in the UK: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

‘The Second Age of Small’ is a new report jointly produced by artsy e-commerce giants Etsy and the UK organisation the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). They’ve put together a handy 9-part summary of the findings on their website, so in order to mark the 2nd Small is Beautiful conference happening this week in […]

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Creative Inspiration

Video: Edinburgh’s Secret Courtyard

This is my highly unofficial Guide to the Hidden Door Art Festival 2015, filmed on the final night (Saturday 30th May). Running time = 5:15 minutes which  admittedly is long for an internet video these days, but there was a lot to pack in. (Also, there’s some NSFW language at the beginning). I’m convinced this was […]

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Mindset My story Personal Development

Perfectionism is not an end of level boss

A bit of faith, every day. And I can be happy. I don’t know about you, but I tend to hold myself to high standards, and often fall short of them. I want to practice positive habits every day and am pleased when I manage it for a reasonable stretch. But not accepting that I am […]

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Creative Inspiration

Behind the Scenes: Hidden Door Arts Festival 2015

On Wednesday evening I managed to invite myself along for a sneak blogger’s preview of this year’s venue for the Hidden Door Arts festival – and the space and art taking shape there is incredible.

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(Un)Productivity Summit: podcast, video & photos

At the beginning of this month I attended the first ever World (Un)Productivity Summit at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. In attendance were: Michael Nobbs (Wales) Mary Gordon (Scotland) Lourenço de Azevedo (Portugal) Fabian Kruse (Germany) Milo McLaughlin (Scotland) The summit consisted of a gentle curriculum of talks, walks, chi kung, meditation, crocheting, research and writing in the beautiful library, accompanied by […]

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Witnessed: Concrete Antenna Artist Talk

This week a few friends and I attended an excellent ‘artist talk’ at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which just happens to be in our local area. You can see some of the photos I took at the event above.

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Health and fitness

Recommended: Yoga With Adriene

Whether you’ve tried it or not, you might have already decided yoga’s not for you. I resisted it myself for a long time after attending a few classes and struggling to keep up with the pace. But maybe, like me, you just haven’t found the right teacher yet? Despite my doubts about my yogic abilities, […]

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Hear Three Successful Freelancers Tell Their Stories

On our rather infrequent podcast about (un)productivity, Fabian and I recently talked to three successful freelancers who all generously shared their stories with us. Our good friend and regular guest Michael Nobbs even joined us on one occasion from Wales, of all places. As if to prove how inadequate the word ‘freelancer’ is as a noun, our recent guests make […]