Category Archives: Inspiration

I’ve seen the light

Christmas lights close up

I had an interesting day yesterday. I had the privilege of having one to one tuition with a professional photojournalist and all of a sudden things that had been confusing and complicated to me started to make sense. That little bit of personal help was what I needed. It’s OK to read manuals and books, they can be great but to be able to ask someone ‘yes, but…’ or ‘what if…’ made all the difference.

And so, I had a light bulb moment, quite literally when I was photographing the Christmas lights in the middle of Broad Street. I got it and the magic ensued.

Here we are though at the darkest time of year, the end of November and it’s going darker all the time. Light is precious and all I want is to be out there in daylight, taking photos and capturing the world around me.

I am excited to develop my own style, find out what I like best, what I’m good at, what works what doesn’t.

This is the second jolt of creative juice I’ve had in the past month or so. The first came from reading a book about knitting. An amazing treatise by my new friend Felicity Ford who looked at the bricks of the houses around her, the beer mats in her local pub, the colours and patterns of a biscuit tin and the fruit and leaves from a tree in her back garden and designed beautiful knitting patterns from this inspiration.

Two amazing artistic women sharing the unique way they view the world; a photographer and a textile artist. I have taken what they have to give and mixed it into my world of words and speech and I feel as though I have turned a corner or taken a fork in the road.

A new adventure awaits, I can’t wait to see where my new path takes me.

If you want to look at the work of Lynda Bowyer the photographer who has been helping me on my creative journey you can see her work here

Be inspired by Felicity Ford (you don’t have to be a knitter to appreciate her creative talents).

Better a bag than a box

Jackie Dudley found out she had stomach cancer and had to have a serious operation to remove the diseased tissue. This resulted in her having to have a colostomy bag. Jackie speaks out about her experience and the self help group she founded for others in her position. Click on the link below to takeContinue Reading

All is found out, flee now

  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a bit of a prankster and it is said (although some say this is an urban legend) that he once sent a telegram to 12 of his friends saying “”All is discovered. Flee at once.” and all 12 fled the country. Whether it’s true or not, it’s a nice story.Continue Reading

Peacekeeping Supergran

Lindsey is 61 years old, is a retired English teacher and lives in the UK. She wants to do more with her new found time than walk the dog and play with her grandson. In April 2014 Lindsey is going to the West Bank where she will stand at checkpoints within the West Bank and at gatesContinue Reading

Empowering women with a smile

A close shave for Chao What do you do when you find out your sister has been diagnosed with cancer but you can’t be with her because she lives across the world? Chao Sitei found herself in that position and came up with a very unusual solution. “At Christmas my sister was diagnosed with cancer,”Continue Reading

Find your voice and find your gift

Find your gift Did you know that you are carrying around something very precious and valuable inside you? It’s not valuable while you hang on to it, in fact it only becomes worth anything when you give it away. Someone else needs it desperately, you could change their life if you gave it to them.Continue Reading

Finding you voice as a leader

Unhurried Change is here to help to help you find your voice as a leader and empower you to make a difference. There’s nothing like making a start so here are some bullet points to get you thinking about what your strengths are. We are not talking about skills and knowledge that you’ve learned orContinue Reading

Mind Mapping a powerful technique to help you get your thoughts down on paper

If you haven’t heard about mind mapping you are in for a treat. Our brains work by hanging new thoughts off the scaffolding of ideas and knowledge it already has stored away. Our brains make links, and if you can supply your brain with lots of different ideas and new thoughts you are more likelyContinue Reading

Leadership by changing the tribe

Look around, our world is broken in so many ways. It needs help, the people living in our world need help. How would you like to transform the part of the world where you live? How would you like to be a culture changer? Look for change Be on the lookout for great ideas, theseContinue Reading

Dare to be different

Know your own worth A Hollywood talent judge once said of Fred Astaire ‘can’t act, can’t sing, can dance a little’. How many times do we read a sentence like that? JK Rowling had her Harry Potter books turned down by 12 publishing houses before she was accepted. Thomas Edison tried 3,000 times to makeContinue Reading