My name is Alex, and I’m a self-conscious wreck. At least, I used to be more of the time. Self-consciousness stops us enjoying the beauty of interacting with others and delivering our truth. We can end up in a spiral of doubt, poor performance and further doubt. It can be crippling. I’ve been there many […]

I’ve done some new illustrations for an article about the Japanese ‘Aikido’ philosophy. I was struck by how inspiring and relevant to today his writing was. His words bring a much-needed freshness and vigour to the distracted and stressful lives many of us can live. What I like is how he often uses the natural […]

Why do we care so much about what others think? Why does it feel so damn weird to put ourselves out there? Why does the prospect of being rejected fill us with weird vibes? Why do we fight so hard to protect our cool, relaxed, totally not boring, happy images? Because we’re human. Because we […]

It’s tough to make an impact with art these days. It always was, but these days especially. You are a tiny grey dot in a sea of dots. You work hard to create something fresh. You share it. It might get some interest and a few likes. Big whoop. You wonder whether you should give […]

When was the last time you labeled something without understanding it? Judged something as one thing when you didn’t know what it meant? I know I’ve done it. Given that we can never fully understand anything, in theory, we do it all the time. I label; we all label. It is a human need to […]

I look for ways to improve the lives of others. I seek solutions to things that are not working. I build on what is working. I am in harmony with the present. I acknowledge the sensations in my body. I am a good steward of what I already have. I am outcome independent. I act […]

As I progress on my adventure as a solo entrepreneur with love for learning, I like to keep note of some of the ideas from great authors who motivate me to keep going. The following contains 20 of my favourite ideas that have helped me, and continue to fire me up to boldly move towards […]

Ah, feeling motivated. It seems to come and it go. It ebbs and flows. I’m a firm believer in the idea that motivation is not something that burns in the lucky few of us. Motivation is better viewed as an attitude. Those people that seem more motivated, more consistently, are not special. They have simply […]

One of the most valuable lessons of working as a freelancer over nine years has been the importance of doing work for myself, rather than for others. This sounds selfish, because I suppose it is, and I get that this seems to go against a lot of what I’ve written about before, which it does […]

When you run your own businesses and work entirely for yourself, the biggest challenge is ensuring you have more money coming in than is leaving your business. You’re human, and sometimes you can fall behind on bringing in enough income, especially if you lose site of your income goals for each month or if your […]