Somehow I’m coming to the end of my adventure. Just one week left. My brain is moving fast leading me to talk to recruiters about getting a job. I need to remember the things that I want next. I have just arrived in Seattle. It’s a short ferry trip over from Vancouver Island where I’ve […]

I’ve been MIA again. But wow. Canada. My mum came to meet me in Toronto and we got the train for three days to the Rockies. We have had some amazing moments here and will head onwards to Vancouver the day after tomorrow. I don’t usually do travel #thisishowwedoit style blogs but this has been […]

As I travel I am shuffling and challenging my thoughts. I am considering more what I want to do when I return to the UK… and more specifically, Manchester. Many of my ideas have directed me towards the importance of community and artist development, in each case, around music. At SXSW there was a lot […]

If we’ve ever spoken for more than 7 minutes, I’m likely to have brought up the Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron. I thought it was worth trying to explain what and why it is. If nothing else, this should make me more able to articulate its importance in the future. So what is it all […]

How goal setting turned me into Monica’s mother.   We live in a world of #youcandoanything. Like many people, I bombard myself with empowering Instagram quotes. I have become quite the inspiration addict.   Inspiration should be handled with care.  My best sources of #youcandoit quotes combine two themes: #followyourdreams (i.e. focussed goal setting); and […]

I love it here. I feel content. It’s hard to write when you’re content. There is a warm familiarity here through these cold streets. It has the red bricks, the sounds of passing trains and a good level of cement that I’m used to. Chicago has oodles or personality without being tied to a genre.  […]

If I’m honest I joined Escape the City’s Idea Accelerator programme last summer because I was terrified of quitting my job as a City lawyer.  I hoped that being around others who had made, or were preparing to make, a similar “reckless decision” might normalise the whole thing for me. This basic objective was fulfilled […]