My Creative Notebook

 

Welcome to My Creative Notebook, I’ve always been fascinated by the creative process and believe that everyone has their own personal collection of skills and abilities, which just needs time and encouragement to develop.

Finding the time and space to be creative is vital to sustain creativity, one of the most important actions in any day is to seize the moments which sometimes occur when you least expect it; to simply stand and stare, to be inspired by a beautiful view, hear a bird singing, or to watch your family laughing together. Treasure these moments; they form the rich tapestry of living in a creative way.

There are so many amazing sources of inspiration and I hope in this space to share ideas, thoughts, words, books, resources, art, photography, events and  interviews, which I hope you will enjoy and find inspiring.

Despite this space being rooted in technology, I see My Creative Notebook as a starting point from which to go and do things!

Thoughtful Leadership – A Guide to Leading with Mind, Body and Soul – Fiona Buckland

THOUGHTFUL LEADERSHIP - A GUIDE TO LEADING WITH MIND, BODY AND SOUL - FIONA BUCKLAND

Description We need good leaders now more than ever: people who step forward, step up, and develop themselves in the emotionally skilled art of leading others. In Thoughtful Leadership, expert Fiona Buckland offers a practical approach to authentic leadership: showing you how to lead with the mind, body, heart and soul. Drawing on her work as a life and leadership coach, and an embodied facilitator, Fiona offers clear principles, processes and practices to help you understand and master the act of conscious leadership. In this book you will explore: • Leading with self-awareness, and understanding your strengths and weaknesses• Leading...

Growing Season – Seni Glaister

GROWING SEASON - SENI GLAISTER

After a life-saving operation leaves her unable to have children, Sam is tired of talking about what might have been. Could a rural cottage be the fresh start she needs? Or is she running away from her problems? For her husband Danny, this was never part of the plan. He likes order and predictability. The countryside is just a bit, well – wild. But he wants Sam to be happy, even if he isn’t. If only Danny could tell Sam what is going on in his head. If only he knew what was really going on in hers. If only...

My Kind of Happy – Cathy Bramley

MY KIND OF HAPPY - CATHY BRAMLEY

Description ‘I think flowers are sunshine for the soul‘ Fearne Lovage has always believed that life seems brighter with fresh flowers. She treasures the memories of her beloved grandmother’s floristry and helping her arrange beautiful blooms that made everyone smile. But a family tragedy a year ago left Fearne searching for her own contentment. What she needs is a fresh start. Then a chance discovery inspires her to start a happiness list, and Fearne feels a spark of hope. Life is full of surprises, and soon Fearne is well out of her comfort zone and loving every minute of it....

The Kindness Club on Mapleberry Lane – Helen Rolfe

THE KINDNESS CLUB ON MAPLEBERRY LANE - HELEN ROLFE

The smallest things can make the biggest difference… Description: Veronica Beecham’s cottage is the neatest house on Mapleberry Lane. A place for everything, and everything in its place – that’s her motto. But within her wisteria-covered walls, Veronica has a secret: she’s hardly left her perfect home in years. Then her teenage granddaughter, Audrey, arrives on the doorstep, and Veronica’s orderly life is turned upside down. Shy and lonely, Audrey is struggling to find her place in the world. As a bond begins to form between the two women, Audrey develops a plan to give her gran the courage to...

A Wedding in the Country – Katie Fforde

A WEDDING IN THE COUNTRY - KATIE FFORDE

Description: Lizzy has just arrived in London and is determined to make the best of her new life. Her mother may be keen that she should meet a Suitable Man and have a nice wedding in the country, but Lizzy is determined to have some fun first. It is 1963 and London is beginning to swing as Lizzie cuts her hair, buys a new dress with a fashionably short hemline, and moves to a grand but rundown house in Belgravia with two of her best friends. Soon Lizzie’s life is so exciting that she has forgotten all about her mother’s marriage...

Uncoupling – Lorraine Brown

UNCOUPLING - LORRAINE BROWN

Description: Could one split second change her life forever? Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track – that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam! But then Hannah meets Léo on the station platform, and he’s everything Si isn’t. Spending the day with him in Paris forces Hannah to question how well she really knows herself – and whether, sometimes, you need to go in the wrong direction to find everything...

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot – Marianne Cronin

THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT - MARIANNE CRONIN

Description: Life is short. No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on the terminal ward. But as she is about to learn, it’s not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with. Dodging doctor’s orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years. To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving...

Before I Saw You – Emily Houghton

BEFORE I SAW YOU - EMILY HOUGHTON

Description: Can You Fall In Love With Someone You’ve Never Seen? Alice and Alfie are strangers. But they sleep next to each other every night. Alfie Mack has been in hospital for months recovering from an accident. A new face on the ward is about as exciting as life gets for him right now, so when someone moves into the bed next to him he’s eager to make friends. But it quickly becomes clear that seeing his neighbour’s face won’t happen any time soon. Alice Gunnersley has been badly burned and can’t even look at herself yet, let alone allow anyone...

Seize the Moment

seaside misty morning

This is one of my favourite photographs, and in the link to one of my other websites, is the one with most likes on Instagram. What I love is the peace and tranquility that this scene creates; taken early in the morning in February it shows a harbour before the ferry starts running, the working boats arrive and any major activity takes place on the water. At a time of year when storms can rush into tiny harbours, the water is amazingly calm, allowing the harbourside buildings to be reflected like a mirror. I love the way the mist clings...