Many years ago, I made the decision to avoid a corporate lifestyle at all costs and earn a living working for myself writing and making pretty pictures. The freedom of working for myself has brought with it joy and greatly reduced levels of office small talk. Having done this for over ten years, I would […]

Sometimes I get frustrated and ask myself what it is all for. I spend three whole hours making an illustration on my iPad, and all it gets are three measly likes on Instagram. What a waste of time. Why contribute? Billions of people are making better illustrations on Instagram than I do. What is the […]

You’ve probably heard it rattled into your brain several times over the last few weeks, even days: if you want to get anywhere in life, take action. And when we’re talking about the projects and businesses we work on, yes, taking action trumps all the planning and learning, fidgeting and worrying you will ever do. […]

It can be easy to get stuck. We’re not feeling it. We feel low. We’re frustrated. And feeling good is what we need now to get stuff done. Not every situation like this can be fixed or soothed in four steps, but many times it can. It’s worked for me, and it can for you […]

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 […]