Too busy to Paint?

I often hear from my clients that they are too busy to paint. But by joining my live online classes they say they give themselves permission to create space to follow their passion. My clients are super busy women who have full on jobs, run their own businesses (often both), they have family and pets to look after, house, bills and chores to keep on top of. No wonder they...

Intuition – is it time to stop listening to others

I was really young when I first discovered my intuition, though at the time I had no idea what that was. It manifested itself as an inability to make myself do something I didn’t agree with or just felt wrong to me, and that knowing sat right in my belly. It must have frustrated the heck out of my parents, or teachers when I would refuse to do what they...

Overcome your fear and have the time of your life!

I am just like you, I sometimes have fears.  Some are rational like don’t step out in front of a moving car.  Others are certainly not – like I am too old, or I am too fat. "I am too old, too fat, too unfit, I’ll get too hot, go red – OMG I will sweat too much and all my makeup will fall off … what if I am...

How I escaped my worst enemy

"What dream or passion are trying to stuff down and keep quiet?" or "What situation are you putting up with because you believe that is how it is supposed to be?" and "How wonderful would your life be if every day you were living the life you love?"

Are you listening? A simple tip to tap into your intuition.

I know deep down that we all have a purpose. Not always to be the next Mother Teresa, not always to change millions of lives – but a purpose nonetheless. Something that calls to us, which can drive us – and when ignored can make us feel desperately unfulfilled and unhappy. Do you ever feel, like there is more to life than this? Do you have a feeling of running...

Creativity helped me manifest my dreams

I was about to head off for nine months for an ‘adult gap year’ or ‘mid-life awakening’ whatever you want to call it.  I’d quit my job, put my house up for rent and I was heading off to travel to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand on my own and it felt right.. I'd learned how to manifest by creating mandalas and it was about to change my life.

Living as a limitless creative being

I remember the first time someone told me that I had chosen my life path before I was even born, I was incredulous, I thought they were nuts! Why would I choose this life, why would I not choose to be a Queen or a Movie Star? Why would choose to be born in the cold North of England and not the balmy South of France?

Comparisonitis is a real thing

Over the past few months I have been coaching a group of people on their journey to bringing creativity into their own business or start-up coaching practices. Though the clients were both male and female and from all corners of the globe (US, South Africa, AUS) each of them had a similar issue… They were all suffering from a case of ‘Comparisonitis’

Who is in control of your life?

“What do you mean I have to get rid of all of my personal possessions?” I remember spurting this out as I sat in a meeting room surrounded by my stunned colleagues some years ago. “Not every personal possession. You are allowed one photograph of your family.” Said our slightly nervous HR person as she scanned the shocked faces of the people in the room. At the time I was...

Painting Happiness – Review

I felt a sense of pride for feeling the fear and doing it anyway...and guess what I love my painting, not because it is a masterpiece to others but it is my masterpiece and it has meaning for me. Thank you, Angela, you are a special lady who has created a wonderful course and safe environment for beginners

Find your word for the year in 3 simple steps

Do you have your word for the year? Do you set New Year's resolutions only to see them fail in January - I know I do.  I've always wondered why that is the case - if something is so important to me to make a resolution then why would I not do it.  I think I may have found the reason.  Having a resolution is too rigid, too specific and...

How to create mental space, rest, relax and recover

Do you ever feel like you can’t see the wood for the trees? Like you are lost in a forest and can’t find your way out?  There is so much going on in your life, a massive To-Do list of tasks and you can’t get near the things you want to do for yourself? I know exactly how it feels to be overwhelmed by everything on my mental To-Do list...

The top 8 life lessons I have learned from Harry Potter

I have a confession to make. Over the Christmas break instead of being in the studio painting, I binge-watched all of the Harry Potter movies including Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. OK, I feel better now I have got that off my chest. From the first time I picked up a friends copy of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” about 17 years ago I was completely...

My top 5 Tips for Surviving the Christmas Madness

It can’t have escaped your notice that the silly season is well and truly upon us. I swear that each year the run-up to Christmas gets more and more frenetic. As women we seem to take on the challenge of ‘making Christmas special’ and trying to ensure it is the ‘best Christmas ever’ by managing endless to-do lists and mentally rushing around like a lunatic. If you are a working...

Learning to say NO with love

 Learning to say No is a life skill we can all benefit from. “Life is so hard, I’ve got no time for myself. All I do is run around after everyone else, and no one seems to give a sh*t about what I need. I feel invisible most of the time – I’m just the person who organises everything, works, cleans, does the shopping,  ferries people where they need to...

I remember when I was a little girl I loved playing with crayons

"I remember when I was a little girl I loved to playing with crayons. I would draw on anything I could get my hands on. I’d scribble pictures of me, Mum and Dad and my little brother with our dog. I’d make pictures of my house, and castles and rainbows and flowers. It didn’t matter that they didn’t look like real life – I just loved them so much and...

Me Time – All work and no play leads to overwhelm

"I’m exhausted all of the time, and all I seem to do is live to work – I feel like a hamster in a wheel." "I leave home early to go to work and by the time I get home it’s late, I’m tired and just want to grab something to eat, so dinner’s rushed and uninspiring - or if it’s really late I just dial for a takeaway because...

Meditating with pencils can help you get a better sleep

One of the ways I get my clients to tune into their creative thinking, and tapping into their intuition is by the use of simple creative activities.  Repetitive doodling or colouring is a very quick way to begin meditating

Letting your kids get messy is good for them

I decided to do a little research into why getting messy is good for your kids (and you), and I put together the following reasons why you should let your kids play with paint.

Fear of making mistakes holding you back?

How many times have you told yourself - "I'd love to do that but ...." when deep down what you really mean is "I'm scared of making a mistake, and being ridiculed if I try ..."

Mandala Meditation

If you would like to learn more about Mandala's and how to design and create your own from your intuition do check out my 'Painting Happiness online' 6 week experience - I'd love to show you how!

Find your word for 2017 in 3 simple steps

  Do you have your word for 2017? Do you set New Year's resolutions only to see them fail in January - I know I do.  I've always wondered why that is the case - if something is so important to me to make a resolution then why would I not do it.  I think I may have found the reason.  Having a resolution is too rigid, too specific and it...

Taking care of yourself

Are you taking care of yourself?... Are you the person who holds your family together? Are you the person who your friends turn to in a crisis? Are you the glue, the sticky tape and sometimes the staples trying to keep the boat afloat tossed about in a wild and unpredictable sea?

Creatives Living Life In Colour – Antonella Bargione

As part of my series of interviews with fabulous creatives from around the world who have both found their art or their calling later in life, and who are Living Life In Colour I would love to introduce you to Antonella Bargione a fellow Creatively Fit Coach.

The Russian Doll Effect

 Do you know what?  sometimes I feel like I am a walking, talking Russian doll.  You know the kind that when you open her up you find yet another similar but different doll inside.  I say this because I have over time opened up the doll or peeled back another layer, and another to get to where I am now.  I've peeled back so many emotional layers from my childhood perceptions...

The art of letting go

If you feel people have wronged you in the past, let you down or somehow hurt you it does not help you in any way to hold on to the hurt. Holding onto a grudge, or an upset does not really affect the person you are annoyed with, it actually only weighs you down and hurts you.

30 Days of Goodness is back from 1st August!

From 1st August 2016 I am bringing back my ever popular 30 Days of Goodness. Inspirational quotes and original artwork each day for 30 days. But this time there is a twist! When you sign up to receive the 30 Days direct to your inbox you will also receive my 30 different ways to exercise your creative muscles in less than 10 minutes each day!

Why you don’t have to go to art school

Many of my clients are frustrated creatives who have no idea how to unlock their creative potential, and to make matters worse they have been limiting themselves behind the “I am not creative”, “I am not an artist” or “I have never been to art school” stories. Does that sound familiar? Well today I AM CALLING BS ON THAT!!

You’re never too old to meet your inner artist

As a young child I was always wanting to play and make a mess - I looked quite angelic and sometimes I was clean, but often I was playing in the dirt or getting messily creative.  This is a rare photo of me still clean, sitting on the step with my Dad.  I was a very happy, chatty 5 year old.Fast forward 47 years .... and how life has changed....