Why going in circles is a good thing

Welcome to another Sunday check-in, where I say hello to you, lovely person who reads my blog (THANKS for that, by the way!) and let you know how my week went.

The volunteer shortage at The Art House continues, although this week Graham and I did an induction session with some really lovely newbies, so it’s improving.  If you’re reading this and you live near Southampton, you really should think about volunteering with us – it’s amazing!

But I digress.

It’s been a full week, with a lovely gig at local pub The Bent Brief with my band, The Shimmering Bees.  For years I was friend or girlfriend to people in bands, got really good at carrying equipment and setting up microphones (and pretty hot at promotion too!) – now I get to be on stage and even sing into a microphone (which scares me silly each time) on a few songs.

It was lovely, really.  The looks on people’s faces as they hear our music for the first time – rough, droning, tribal folk that they won’t have heard before – is worth all the drum-lugging and practices at the end of long days.

Also, Bik does the sound AND plays didge and drums, which makes me happy as I realise what a frightfully clever fellow he is and how clever I am to have chosen him as my main squeeze!2014-10-05_2118

I love it.   Music.  Yay.

Today there was a little time to catch up with Nina Fraser, estwhile fellow Director at The Art House, and see her groovy new earrings made from pencils (on sale at The Art House from next week – woo!), at The Art House before heading back home for an inspiring two-hour session with The Forge, my online coaching circle for creative businessfolks.   The people who have joined this circle really do inspire me as much as I hope I do them, working through their blocks, challenges and getting their artwork out there and selling.

It’s unlike many circles I’m in, where people seem very keen on sharing how great they are and how perfect their lives have turned out, but the real-ness of when life isn’t so good gets left out.

A circle, online or offline, where you can share what’s really happening as you learn, grown and change, is worth more than…. well, a lot of very valuable things all in a big shining pile.

My passion has been, for a long time, to bring people together so that they can share creative dreams and their art, and encourage one another.

I did it in real life at The Art House, and online at The Bubbling Well creativity circle, and I am so proud of what happens in those spaces.  I hope you will join me in one or both of them, if you haven’t already!

There’s a magic to setting up a space and then just holding it, gently, whilst you stand back and let people create what happens inside it.

I get a thrill, a big thrill, from that. 

So – that’s my thought for this Sunday, from my rather tired head and heart to yours, before I settle down with a bowl of pasta.

Find a circle.  Find a group of people who will huddle round and hold a safe place for you to celebrate, to fall apart a little, to share the art you don’t think is ready yet.  Go to a local arts centre, join a group – if you can’t find one that resonates with you, make one yourself!

You won’t believe the difference it will make.  Go find it!

Have a beautiful week



If you want to join me in the online circle that supports MY business and life, you may want to take a look at Leonie Dawson and her Amazing Biz and Life Academy.  It is especially lovely to hang out here if you are thinking of sharing your gifts online, as it’s filled with resources to help you do that.


There are very few places online and off where it’s perfectly safe to be yourself – Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Biz and Life Academy (soon to be called Shining Life Academy) is one of the places I have found a place to ask the hard questions and share the struggles as well as the successes.

It’s no secret that I think Leonie is a gorgeous guru, I have learnt so much about how to share my gifts with the world through her materials in the Academy.



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