Blog

Find your word for 2019 in 3 simple steps

Do you have your word for 2019? 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 becomes...

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...

Some days it can be hard living with your own choices

Some days it can be hard living with your own choices, even when you know it was the best thing for you. I guess that is the thing about being an adult and making choices about your own life? What brought this to mind, is 10 years ago last month I made the decision to come to NZ on a 5 week holiday and I didn’t return to the UK...

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...

Painting Your Dreams – 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

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....

SOLD OUT – Painting Happiness heading to the UK in June

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!I am super pleased to announce for the first time my most popular workshop 'Painting Happiness'' is leaving the shores of New Zealand on tour and I have chosen Worcester in the UK as the first place to host it.This workshop has inspired many happy participants in New Zealand and now I am bringing New Zealand sunshine and happiness to Worcester! This is no ordinary painting experience, its...

Creatives Living Life In Colour – Karen Sachs

I love to bring you the stories of my fellow creatives.  Stories of women just like you that have found creativity later in life, who have found that the stories they were telling themselves about not being creative were not true.  I want them to share their stories to show you that you can be whatever you truly want to be.This month I am bringing one of the most funny,...

SOLD OUT Painting Happiness in May

Be one of the 4 people who will be joining me for 'Painting Happiness TM' on Saturday 14th May - an inspirational day of laughter, creativity and self acceptance. Together we will paint the happiness you want to blossom in your life. You will learn how to use simple creativity to ‘plant a seed’ and watch your dreams flourish before your eyes!

SOLD OUT – Painting Happiness in April

 This workshop is now SOLD OUT !!!   Please click here to check out my other up coming workshopsBe one of the 4 ladies who will be joining me for  'Painting Happiness TM' on Sunday 3rd April - an inspirational day of laughter, creativity and self acceptance.   Together we will paint the happiness you want to blossom in your life.   You will learn how to use simple creativity to  ‘plant a seed’...

SOLD OUT – Painting Happiness 21st February

Sold out!Congratulations to the lovely ladies who have booked for my 'Painting Happiness' workshop on 21st February - this workshop has now sold out!I am in the planning phase for 2016, there are lots of good things coming your way.  So if you want to be the first to know when new events are coming up please sign up to my newsletter below. As a bonus you will receive free artwork for...

Painting Happiness Art Workshop – Early Bird Special

Take time for yourself away from the kids and family and join Angela Murray Artist for an inspirational day of laughter, creativity and self acceptance. On 21st February we will paint the happiness you want to blossom in your life in this wonderful Art workshop.