Weeknotes: 7 swifts sweep sky & usher in hope for Q3

Seven swifts sweep sky, several swifts swoop by… Walking / being outside / nature Really enjoy savouring food & drink that affirms that it’s summer, like mango ice lollies and elderflower fizz and a sour cherry straight from the tree. Wondering how the tastes of summer will slip away with climate change. Today (Thursday, 1st […]

Weeknotes: Happy Pride! Full of feels, friendship & summer peonies

Writing So, I wrote on Monday & Tuesday this week, which meant I got to a streak of 6 days before I took a break from writing on Wednesday. Mondays – Wednesdays are my heaviest days when it comes to working with/for other people, so this is great going. Thursdays are days off for decompressing, […]

Weeknotes: How to create nourishing writing environments & freelance responsibly

On the joy of autonomy & the responsibility of freelancing Enjoying writing Right now, it’s 23:09 on Thursday, 17 June 2021. I’m blasting music in my bedroom and singing along. Sitting up in bed and chair dancing. An hour ago, I started working on the second issue of my Tree Tales series – creative non-fiction […]

Weeknotes: 7 rest types & livetweeting Short Fiction Festival Weekend

Taking care of myself My favourite things that happened this week When the child I tutor asked what I’ve been doing, and I said: – I’m writing a collection of poetry about trees. – Does that mean I’ll be able to go to the library and see your book there? – *Stunned & so touched* […]

Weeknotes: How to be creative as a writer and entrepreneur

2-for-1 on weeknotes today, since I skipped last week for some reason. Mostly about writing and trees, for a change… 😉 How to be creative Just do something. Anything. Take action I listened to this episode Taking Action on Your Ideas with Noah Kagan of the YNAB podcast at the end of May. Loved the […]

Weeknotes: Befriending and valuing trees beyond money, being embodied

I have some really exciting nature writing news that I can’t share yet. I’ll tell you in a couple of weeks. Cliffhanger…! Urban Tree Festival highlights, some of my fave bits 9 days of glorious tree nerdery. I participated in 27 hours of the Urban Tree Festival, including 2.5 hours of tree meditations (15 minutes […]

Weeknotes: Heavenly intersection between trees and writing, pure delight

Nerding out about trees The Urban Tree Festival came at just the right time. 9 days of intensely pleasurable tree nerdery when I have a schedule that’s flexible enough to take full advantage of it. I don’t want the Urban Tree Festival to end. But it will. When it does, I’m intending to nerd out […]

Weeknotes: April blogging challenge complete, May birding challenge begun

My first week of freelancing in over 10 years is drawing to a close. Here’s where my attention, energy and time are going lately: Learning how to work freelance Creating an effective, supportive and sustainable working environment Chillaxing. Unlearning overworking, following joy and practising rest I blogged every day for 30 days Achievements + What […]

Learning & Growth: Why you need your own development budget

Every time I’ve been in a role with an individual budget for learning & development (L&D), I’ve loved it. And every time that benefit has been limited, and withdrawn, I’ve left pretty sharpish. I’ve realised I value having an individual L&D budget above all other employer benefits. (Employee assistance programmes nearly tie, but, for me, […]

Gratitude & Growth: What’s important? People & relationships

Sustainable ways of working I’m so grateful for experiences that have taught me so much about collaborating and sustainable ways of working. Spoiler: It’s about people and relationships. Building relationships IS the work Organising team building together Last year I co-organised a homesite. Wait, what’s a homesite? It’s a virtual off-site. But, what’s an off-site? […]