Finding our creative joy


When Jen, Marianne and I started talking about doing a retreat together, we knew we wanted JOY infused through everything: through the days, the workshops, through our connections with participants and each other, through it all. We wanted to create a space where JOY could be found. The further we dug, the more it became apparent that this JOY comes from our creativity. So obvious, really. It comes from writing, and photographing, and singing, and moving our bodies, and breathing through silence. It’s found in paint and pencil, in ink and the keyboard. It lives in the books we make and the ones we read. It can be stitched and knitted and moulded and cooked.

Creative joy seems to show up easiest when we let ourselves get lost in play. When we drop our expectations and let ourselves experiment and explore. I watch my nephew do this when he’s enjoying how water pours and sand crumbles and Play Doh squishes. I feel it too when I’m someplace new with my camera in my hands. When I forget about how I got there and just sink into what I SEE.

My creative joy comes from my imagination.
The excitement of the new.
Sunlight.
Vintage cameras.
The realisation that there are so many things in the world to be photographed, so many moments to record, so many places to explore.
Kissing.
Hope.
A two-year-old boy called Noah.
My eyes — the art and practice of SEEING.
Emotions, and allowing myself to feel them.
Being truthful about how I feel.
Wanting to get it down on the page.
Books, piles and piles of books.
Blogging and the community it builds.
My women friends.
How my sister and I inspire the best in each other.
Being an aunt.
Being alive.

Where do you find your creative joy?

Something for the weekend


Dear World
(via Sas)

Hairy chests i want to cry on

A breath-taking reminder just how gigantic Jupiter really is

[Video] an invocation for beginnings from the awesome Ze Frank

The book of the future (via Sarah)

Invisible crown. from Photobird on 8tracks.

[video] Too much work and still broke?

Why we stay in a relationship (way) too long

Inspiring post from Julie this week: Weaving a new world

Photo of the week

And finally, Instant Love is featured in Mollie Makes this month!

Something for the weekend

Really honoured to have an article in the spring issue of Somerset Life (with my name on the cover, no less — a first! My journalism tutors would be so proud :)

Mmmm… brocollini salad | a simple lunch | simple bircher muesli

Read this now: Why the world needs more ambitious women

Also: Girls are smarter than boys, so what goes wrong in maths and science?

Love is letting him win even though you know you could slaughter him

It’s time to drop the apologies

Famous celebrities and their cameras

I can’t promise to do this every week, but I made another mixtape for you:

Opening. from Photobird on 8tracks.

In fact, I made two. If at any point this weekend you feel discouraged, down or plain bummed out, plug this mix in (download the 8 Tracks app) and go for a fast 20 minute walk. I’ve been doing this every morning and it makes my legs ache, my pulse race and my heart so much lighter. Try it.

Just bought Paul’s new book: Eat Awesome

It’s hard being two (via Joanna)

Currently reading: Jeanette Winterson’s memoir

The essential Adrienne Rich (also: Bentlily’s new Instapoem Facebook app)

7 ways you’re giving away your power

25 self-care tips for body & soul (via Amanda)

I’m thinking micro gardens are the way forward, non?

And finally, the photo of the week xo

Something for the weekend

Reclaiming the wisdom of your belly

Can’t seem to get enough of Anne Lamott this week: here | here | here

Judging books by their covers: USA vs UK

Aiming for: Paul & Joanne

Tara’s new book is now available for pre-order (and so is Holly’s!)

Blown away by: Ernestine Shepherd

Photo of the week

Brinja’s photos of her sweet daughter make this auntie happy (Vilja’s the same age as Noah)

I made another mixtape for you:

Ventricles. from Photobird on 8tracks.

Current favourite Pinterest board

Have you seen the beautiful guest poems over on Bentlily?

Polaroids in Afghanistan

Want to read this book — whether I’ll understand all of it is another matter ;-)

Cheeky art by Brock Davis

The 101 most useful websites on the internet

Go check out Randi’s first post for Roots of She — she’s a special gal, that one

And finally, the spring session of Unravelling has sold out, but if you’d like to join me for an adventure in photography this April, there are still a few places left for Photo Meditations. xo