I wear glasses, in fact, I wear two pairs of glasses. Having gotten to that age where (irritatingly) I need them both for distance and reading. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that I’m especially good at misplacing or ‘hiding’ my many pairs of glasses. My beloved, Jason, would tell you that I’m equally crap at finding car keys and the children would advise that I’m notoriously sending them on a ‘find Mummy’s phone hunt’. Anyway, I digress back to the glasses and eventual fabric flappy bastarding facemasks.
One of the more recent discoveries that we glasses-wearing folk have found…
My musings on our new ‘have to wear’ item in 2020.
I was pretty early to the ol’ Facemask wearing, back in June 2020 I made masks at home for our family. You know liberty lawn matching ones, yep I’m a walking middle-aged mothering cliche!
Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England became compulsory on 24 July 2020. Does that make me an early adopter, a lifelong accessories lover or just a bit overly conscious of the global pandemic that has dominated our news feeds and daily lives during 2020 so far?
I’ll put my hand up…
The energy you bring to your emails, the tone, the content, the imagery, the style, is what cultivates a connection between you and your audience.
If you’ve got an email list that’s looking a little dusty and unappreciated, you’re not alone. Plenty of people have been in the same position at some point in their creative practices. We’ve all been guilty of prioritizing other valid activities: busy firefighting, working on their social media, and putting off getting thoughts together enough to send out an engaging email.
And the longer you put it off, the harder it is, right?
As a creative, you’re probably pretty good at problem-solving. Many of us are. Sometimes it’s spotting an opportunity. Somethings it’s rushing through the long list of orders you have to get through or replying to that tricky customer.
Many of us LOVE solving problems, fixing things, making it better.
And it serves us really well. It makes us good at customer service. It makes us good at creating products and services that people need. It makes our lives better and helps those around us, too.
Because who doesn’t want fewer problems?
But in business, problem-solving can become a distraction. When…
Well hello there, thanks for clicking through and taking the time to read about me.
My name is Joanna Myles, otherwise known as Jo, JoJo, Mummy, Mush, Babe, and *Grasshopper (I’ll explain that last one later).
I’m 42 years old as I write this in Nov 2020 and I’m new to this writing lark! I live in Haywards Heath, in the UK with the love of my life & our gorgeous blended family of:
I’d wager most of us have probably overestimated what we could achieve in 2020 so far.
With December just around the corner, I’m hearing from lots of friends and fellow creatives that they’re just feeling a bit overwhelmed and in a bit of a panic. They’re feeling behind, they didn’t achieve what they thought they would over the summer, and they’re diving in too quickly to their to-do lists.
I’m not one to avoid a to-do list (most of the time, anyway), but when you’re flapping around, a little panicky, and trying to catch up on everything all at once…
My offering to you today is to give yourself permission to be perfectly imperfect.
This post was going to be about practical support with bullet points and suggestions. But as I pondered last night, I felt a pull to send out a different message today.
This post is directly from my heart.
For so many of us this year, perfection and predictability and pursuing goals have radically changed, if not been thrown out of the window altogether. We’ve pivoted, juggled, re-prioritized, and adjusted a thousand times, and we’re having to do it again this week (another lock-down here in England).
Intuition is the deeper voice, the one that somehow knows, the one you’ve always had to lead you down the right path for you.
I believe that intuition plays a huge part in our lives, but also in our creative practice. I believe big businesses underestimate their CEO’s and employees’ ability to work intuitively. I believe small businesses (especially if they’re creative) run on intuition by necessity. And I believe that if we were all to hone and cultivate our intuition, we’d improve our ability to make the decisions that are right for us.
Let me say more about that…