When it comes to pens, I think I may have a bit of a problem. I am obsessed with Sakura gelly pens (I’ve stocked up so that I will never run out, and if there is some kind of gelly pen apocalypse I’ll be just fine). I love these pens because they run so smoothly over the paper – they glide so easily without the tiniest catch. There’s nothing more annoying, to me, than a pen that scrapes on the page instead of gliding. They are also permanent so they don’t run or smudge, they are dark and bold … [Read more...] about Any excuse to buy stationery: selecting the perfect pen
Choosing your journal is both really important and not at all important, depending on what type of person you are. I’ve known people who journal in any old notebook – simple lined school exercise books that are only a dollar each. But that’s not me. I love nice stationery, beautiful books, luxurious covers and papers. I want to be able to line my journals up nicely when I’m finished with them; a gorgeous volume of my life. Having a journal that feels a bit more special than any old notebook … [Read more...] about Choosing your journal
I am someone who is prone to getting a bit down in the dumps if I don’t take care of myself. At the start of 2014 I was not feeling so great. After taking the year before off from work to travel and study, I went back into full-time work as a teacher. It was a tough transition getting back into a job that I had intentionally left a year earlier to pursue other things. Part of me wondered if I had made the right move. Even though logically I knew it was the right thing to do, something was … [Read more...] about Why journal? It might just save your life
How do you use your creative energy? I used to squander mine. I have always been perpetually on a diet. And if I wasn’t actually on a diet, I was planning which diet was going to be next. Because, as every good dieter knows, the next diet will be the one that works. The next diet will always be the last one. Except, of course, that it isn’t. It’s exhausting constantly going through this cycle. So exhausting that, with work and relationships and money problems and everything else thrown … [Read more...] about How do you use your creative energy?
In Page after Page, Heather Sellers asks, ‘Is your writing life going to be a lover in the center of your life? The thing you pulse toward, the fever in your soul? Or is your writing life more of a casual crush, something you think about, but don’t do much about?’ I would ask you the same thing, but about all creative pursuits – whatever sets your heart on fire. Is it a lover at the center of your life? For me, it’s creative journaling... and a bunch of other creative interests I have … [Read more...] about Creativity: lover on the side or lover in the center?