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The Clear-Minded Chronicles Micro-Podcast #1

Getting ‘back on the horse’ after you let a creative practice (or any positive habit) slip is one of the hardest things to do -especially if your failed attempt plays out publicly.

But what better way to return to the fray than with another challenge that involves the risk of public embarrassment?

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Are Your Beliefs About Creativity and Money Holding You Back?

One of the big things we need to overcome as creative professionals are self-limiting beliefs around money. In my experience, we all have them.

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You are not alone

Clear-minded Creativity is possible, if you’re willing to work at it. The fact is though, it’s a work in progress, not a permanent state of mind. Most importantly though, and here is the real secret to being a Clear-Minded Creative – you cannot do it alone. Neither can I, or anyone else. Main photo: Pierre Wolfer (Creative […]

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Accept Yourself

One of my favourite autobiographies is “Things the Grandchildren Should Know” by Mark Oliver Everett who is the main man behind the band Eels.

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Creative Edinburgh Awards 2013: The Winners Speak!

At the end of 2013 I attended Creative Edinburgh‘s Awards bash at The Bongo Club.

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The Art of Not Knowing

Freedom in the present moment comes from letting go of the need to know what will happen in the future. From trusting that you will make the right decisions if you listen to your heart, your gut instincts and feelings, and ignoring the constant chatter of the “monkey mind”. Freedom comes from letting yourself ‘be’. Accepting […]

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The Uncertain Creative

Society expects us to decide definitively what we want to do with our lives by the time we leave school, or university. But being a ‘Clear-Minded Creative’ doesn’t mean you know exactly what you’re doing. That wouldn’t be very interesting! It means you accept that you may never know – but that you keep trying […]

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8 Daily Habits That Will Help You Refresh Your Mindset

In James Altucher’s entertaining book How to be the Luckiest Person Alive, he suggests a daily practice which he claims will dramatically improve your life: Physical – exercise enough to break a sweat for 10 minutes (probably 20-30 minutes of movement a day in total) – he also says it’s essential to sleep for 8 […]

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Lessons Learnt from the Last 3 Years of Blogging

When I started this blog in January 2011 it had a bigger impact than I could have hoped, with lots of comments and interest. However, I think it’s clear I wasn’t quite ready to capitalize on that initial success and actually do what was needed to run a successful blog.

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Autumn in Montréal – a photo travelogue in 12 parts

Some pics from our trip to Montreal in October.