It’s that time of year again! I love this period in between Christmas and New Year when nobody knows what day it is and I don’t have to do anything at all. What I do usually decide to do is take a little time for reflection and introspection, and part of that is thinking about what I’ve achieved this year and what I’d like to do in 2022. So let’s go!
This is a talk I gave on Wisdom app on Christmas Eve 2021. I talked about finding inspiration from Christmases past, present and future, as well as engaging the senses and taking time to be introspective and take stock of the year during the festive period.
You can listen to the talk here and you can also read the transcript below.
When it comes to work, we’re all looking for ways to re-engage with our productive sides. It’s been a long year for everyone, whether your work shifted to all remote or you’re still going into an office. Now, this year, more than ever, we all have a lot to balance. However, adding something creative to your plate could really help your work life.
Hobbies are a great way to help you focus and get rid of short-term bursts of stress. They give purpose to downtime in a good way, giving you a sense of accomplishment. And now, even in these isolated times, they can give you a chance to engage with a community, even if that community is online. So how do you do that and what should you try? This graphic offers some insights, and it taught me a couple of new things – including the meaning of “eustress”. As someone who has a day job but also multiple creative passion projects, I found that some of this really resonated with me.
Every time I listen to Professor Green’s music or watch one of his interviews, I feel so inspired to write something, to be brutally honest, to open up a blank Word document and spill my guts and share it with the world. Pro inspires me to write more than any author does, because he inspires me to be honest and open and to be myself, unapologetically. And for me that’s the most important part of writing, that I say something that’s important to me, and that writing it down makes me feel good, even empowered. He gives me self-confidence in that way. He makes me feel like if I have fingers and a pen or a keyboard, then I can do anything.
“I write songs I can’t listen to.” – Professor Green
Me too. I write poems I can’t read.
I want to write poems I can’t read.
They would probably be my best poems.
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And an extract:
And a big, big hug for anyone who checks it out – you are awesome! <3
Extract from my first chapbook, Empowerthy. Available on Lulu.com:
Free shipping until 4th June with code JUNESHIP and a portion of profits donated to Lynch Syndrome UK.
I submitted the book to Amazon today so it should be on there in like, six to eight weeks. Trying to get the word out so if you like my poetry, please take a look at the book and tell a friend. Thank you so much for your support!
Free priority mail shipping or 50% off ground shipping on my new chapbook Empowerthy! Use code JUNESHIP http://ow.ly/NE8g1
My first chapbook Empowerthy is now available on Lulu.com! I’m so excited and pleased with how it’s turned out. The theme is empowerment and empathy, with poems about my experience as a cancer survivor with Lynch syndrome. There are a lot of poems I hope will resonate with others, and I hope some uplifting ones too!
Part of the profits will be donated to Lynch Syndrome UK.
Here are all the details:
Hard copy on Lulu.com: http://ow.ly/NE8g1
eBook on Lulu.com (ePub format for all eReaders): http://ow.ly/NE8s8
Soon to be available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as KIndle, Kobo and Nook!
Thank you very much for your support; any reviews, comments etc are greatly appreciated!