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Dear Friends of the World I woke up this morning shocked and scared but started to think about what has occurred and come to  more resourceful place – one where I can at least change my thinking and try to do things differently each day, which is all most of us can do and it […]

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I have been unpicking this thing called disappointment lately as it hounds me, frequently flattening my enthusiasm and energy. To a certain degree, I think we learn how to be disappointed as children – I still see my mum’s disappointment with her work life and whilst my dad doesn’t voice his, I still see it […]

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“at least I f**king tried…That’s the only euology I need” (Frank Turner) I’m sitting here, in a freezing cold, partially converted warehouse, painting properly for the first time in months – about 7 months to be precise. I’m huddled against a small heater which is really doing nothing apart from massively increasing my carbon footprint. […]

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One evening, when I was about 16, we were playing a family game of cards and my mind must have wandered off as I was brought back to the room by my dad shouting “Jen…you are not concentrating, you never concentrate properly…”. He went on to rant about various times I didn’t concentrate and it […]

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If you haven’t read Episode 1, you can see it here, but I finished it off with the grand statement “next time we will examine the role of the Executive system, why some people develop “protective mechanisms” against mental illness and why some don’t” As I sat down to write today, several months after I […]

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Last year, I needed to really focus, really hide myself away and immerse myself in a new project – a big one. I started to tell people that I wouldn’t be around for a bit, I would probably be turning down invites etc. As I entered this phase, it really felt like I was a […]

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  I have been thinking about the dark side of creativity a lot lately. The public face of creativity is usually one of beautiful paintings, meaningful poetry or innovative products. It all seems very good, this creativity lark, however the dark side is known but poorly represented. Many people will think of the madness of […]

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