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The realities of freelance life: Rachel Burton – Author

The realities of freelance life: Rachel Burton – Author

I’m not at all a full-time freelancer. I’m not really even a part-time freelancer. I work four days a week for a London publishing house, and am just starting to do my own thing on my fifth day. But I guess I’m one of those […]

How I handle when life gets overwhelming

How I handle when life gets overwhelming

Tsh Oxenreider, who runs the Simple podcast, regularly runs these features on what’s saving her life – the small things that are bringing joy into her life every day. I’ve done one of these in the newsletter before, but I think it was high time […]

7 podcast recommendations for hopeful creatives

7 podcast recommendations for hopeful creatives

I’ve been enjoying the recent explosion in podcasts so much recently. Over the past year and a bit, I’ve come across some incredible podcasts for people looking to explore their creative side – whether it’s already your business or a hobby you want to do […]

Telling your story online: Instagram prompts for writers

Telling your story online: Instagram prompts for writers

A few weeks ago, coincidentally just as I was about to launch my new author mentoring programme, The Brand Stylist held an Instagram challenge. Under the hashtag #MyBrilliantBrand, each day there was the opportunity to share something about your business. What I learned from the […]

Sharing a Life of Words

Sharing a Life of Words

You know when you get an idea, and you think, “that’s crazy, don’t be ridiculous,” but it won’t go away? Like you’ve turned a light on in your head, and no matter what you try, you can’t turn it back on again? That’s what it’s […]

Summer reading highlights

Summer reading highlights

We’re already well into September, with it’s change of season, back-to-school feel. In fact, it’s literally back-to-school for our family (or rather, going-to-school-for-the-first-time) as my eldest son is starting at school nursery. How is that possible!? It’s all coming around too quickly, and I’m willing […]

8 authors with great Instagram feeds

8 authors with great Instagram feeds

So, this is clearly hugely subjective. I got SO MANY recommendations when I put a call out for people’s favourite author Instagram accounts, and many did not make this list. What might instantly appeal to me might completely turn someone off, and vice versa. What […]

Ch-ch-changes (AKA why your target audience is so important)

Ch-ch-changes (AKA why your target audience is so important)

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog lately. I have been writing on and off here for almost 5 years, which seems completely insane. I’ve kept going because a) I always need a writing outlet and b) I get such lovely comments from people […]

Sustainable swaps that are easier than you think

Sustainable swaps that are easier than you think

I’m about to get very real here. We’re talking bodily fluids. Blood, sweat and tears (okay, not tears. Poo. But that doesn’t sound as good). Aren’t sustainable swaps for these things kind of…. Gross? Well. You can make your own judgements. But here are the […]

(Trying to) Become a more mindful parent

(Trying to) Become a more mindful parent

Sometimes it feels like I only ever say no to my kids (or to be more specific, to my 3 year old, Theo). Stop climbing on there. Stop hitting your sister. Stop whining. Say please. Why is there water all over the floor!? Don’t yell. […]