Sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing at all. Even in lockdown.

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Photo by Jsmes Padolsey on Unsplash

It’s snowing here on the UK coast.

There’s nothing unique about my tiredness, of course.

Then I realised that I’m not walking my talk.


Gratitude can be a superpower — but only if you mean it.

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#1 of 100 days of gratitude.


My home office toolkit, honed over 20 years as a writer

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More of us are working from home than ever before.


Conditions will never be perfect. So just jump in and begin. Now!

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When is the best time to start a creative project?


My favourite reads of 2020, fiction and non-fiction

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In the last year, I read 79 books.

Piranesi


Four things I’ll keep from the past year. And what I’ll let go of.

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So goodbye, 2020. A year like no other.


A kinder, gentler way to find focus for 2021

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Create Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels

New Year’s resolutions just don’t work.


This has been the strangest year. All the more reason to review it.

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Photo by Immo Wegmann on Unsplash

This has been a year like no other.

Go through your calendar for the year.

Be especially kind, this year.


The Fear wants to stop you writing. Don’t let it silence you!

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Feel the fear, then speak your truth. Photo by Kat Jayne on Pexels

Let’s talk about The Fear.

This is what it looks like, when The Fear is in control.

  • We have a day set aside for writing, and we end up painting a wall instead.
  • We are about to start a new artwork, so we’re cleaning out the kitchen cupboards. (Or eating their contents.)
  • We have an important audition. Yet we leave late, and arrive flustered.
  • It’s time to show our work…


This year, Lou should have toured with her group, Lamb. Instead, she’s released a book.

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Lou Rhodes with the physical copy of her children’s book, The Phlunk (pic from the author)

Sheryl Garratt

Writer; editor; coach, supporting creatives to step up and do their best work — and get paid for it! Find me at www.thecreativelife.net

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