Simplifying my life in order to write

What has simplifying my life got to do with writing my children’s novel?


Up until recently, here’s how I was spending my days:

  • Part time job as an assistant to a disabled teacher
  • Teaching TRE classes (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)
  • Selling cards, mugs and prints in a local shop
  • Selling T-shirts from my online shop
  • Writing a children’s novel & picture books
  • Jotting down ideas for books on flow and creativity (the irony!)

To be honest, I felt overwhelmed. My days were full. My attention was scattered. I was a jack of all trades and master of none.

And then, a few weeks’ ago, I was offered a place on the Golden Egg Academy’s Writing for Children & Young Adults course and I realised something had to give.


I put my paints away (they had been sitting on the kitchen table, looking at me accusingly).

I told the shop I was going to stop selling mugs and prints.

I resolved not to take on any more part time jobs (my teacher’s assistant role had thankfully come to a natural end).

And I committed to three ‘essentials’:

  1. Finishing my children’s novel
  2. Teaching TRE / coaching
  3. Selling my greetings cards, like this one (coming soon to my online shop, fingers crossed):


If I want ideas to flow down my ‘mind pipe’ into my noggin, I had better make SPACE for them.

And CREATING SPACE in my life feels surprisingly good.

[Sigh of relief]

“When you let go, you create space for better things to enter your life”


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