Art is hard. It often looks easy from the outside. ‘I could have done that,’ says Jane. ‘But you didn’t,’ says Peter. That’s art. A true artist is not born. They are certainly not made overnight. Art is the result of a series of events that came together thanks to a commitment. A decision made […]

You’ve finally finished your masterpiece. You’re beaming. You feel good about it this time. Could this be your big break? You’ve added a funky title and some trendy hashtags. You hit publish, feeling a mix of excitement and some trepidation. An hour later… Three measly likes and a comment from a stalker. What happened? Doesn’t the […]

You feel miserable. Life is hard. Everyone sucks. Nobody pays attention to you. Nobody respects you enough. You feel low. Your anxiety is surging. You try all the cures. They tell you to take pills. You take them, but they only mask your deeper ‘problems.’ Ultimately they make you feel even worse with all those side-effects. […]

I’ll be honest with you. I’m 33 years old and still find life hard. I still feel like a beginner. I still feel mostly clueless. I still get scared and dread things. For the most part, things are hopeful. I’m productive, I’m exercising enough, feeling positive, and I am grateful for what I have. I can experience moments of brilliance, where I feel like I’m on […]

Creativity can be effortless in some moments and a nightmare in others. At times, it flows, like a catamaran gliding over glassy waters in a persistent gale. At others, we feel like weary explorers battling through the thick, grasping vines of our jungle minds. Often we try to start our work when we are scattered. We […]

Here it is again. That wave of discomfort. It starts like a rippling in my chest, and then a ping in my throat. I couldn’t describe the emotion because it is composed of several. Frustration; boredom; anger; restlessness; confusion, and borderline despair. I’m also sleepy. This can’t be a good start, can it? Well, yes […]

I’m afraid I have to diagnose you with a rather acute case. We’ve seen your behaviour over the last few weeks. Is there something wrong with you? Your thoughts jolt you from sleep. You forget to eat. Your friends are beginning to worry about you. Others ridicule you. That can’t be good, can it? Unpleasant […]

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 […]