Public Speaking & Conquering Fear

There may be a thread of anxiety sewn into things like creating art and sharing it with the world, being yourself and speaking your truth, public speaking and the like BUT those are not half as scary as watching life drift by, letting fear consume you to the point where you don't even try to do... »

Thoughts On Blogging & Community

It's the way I've most deeply been able to place myself as I truly am out into the universe, and receive, in turn, the likeminded souls-cum-friends that I have. And that means everything to me. »

Is there a such thing as balance?

Free time was filled with long walks through streets lined with cotswolds cottages, which were named things like "Wisteria House" "The Old Wheatsheaf" and "Flower Pot Cottage." »

Looking Back at 2018

Do you remember what you were thinking about this time last year? I remember amassing a ton of books — old classics I'd always wanted to read, some on the craft of writing itself, and Ryan Holidays' books on marketing. I remember sitting there that Christmas day, beaming and thinking... »

Stepping Out of the Shadows + Present For You!

...And then I did. And something wonderful happened... I connected with others so much more deeply. Because I was suddenly IN the trenches with them, versus on the outside as an editor. I was learning anew, about the craft of "arranging bouquets of words," as I say. »

Fear + Beginnings

Do you like taking pieces of the worlds you read about into your daily life? Colour me crazy but I've been thinking lately that I want to offer that by way of perfume, or jewelry. »

Childlike Wonder

It's like the remaining bit of dust that had begun to accumulate as I "grew into an adult," flicked off and the sparkle of childlike wonder fully emerged. »

Un Temps Pour Créer | Julia Girel

I was finally learning a truth that every eight year old knows: creating is fulfilling. Drawing, writing, cooking, tinkering, imagining, means to extend one’s identity as far as possible. It is called affirming oneself. »