How to establish a creative routine when you have a busy life

You have a job, a commute, family – how are you supposed to find time to establish a creative routine? You are envious of the people who don’t have to do a day job as well as do their art. It’s alright for them to preach that you have to be consistent.  They don’t...

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Be honest with your vulnerabilities

I think I am a selfish person and that being creative makes you that way. One of my nasty dark fears is of other people’s needs taking me from my work. It's not a nice way to think, but sometimes this panic goes through me. In the last couple of years my parent’s...

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3 lessons I wish I’d learned as a 21 year old music student

It is over 30 years since I graduated as a music student. My final year was such a painful experience that I thought I would never play again. A big chunk of the final mark was awarded to our degree recital. I was a flautist and had been preparing for the recital for...

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Can your divinity help your creativity?

I’m a Buddhist so you might find it a bit weird for me to talk about the concept of divinity. But this summer it has been my new favourite word.   What is divinity? This depends on your religious and philosophical points of view. If you look up “divinity” in the...

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Why do we demand perfection from ourselves?

Why do we want our work to be perfect? How is this quest for perfection working out for us? Why do we expect our work to be good, particularly if we are new to our craft? Perfection can stop you creating, make you throw your work in the trash and tells you that you...

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