A Day In The Life Of A
With this new series we aim to give you an insider’s view of what inspirational women do daily - from their creative moments, adventures and behind-the-scenes at work to the apps, productivity tips, stress-reducing tricks they can’t live without and workouts they love.
This series are for those of you who're curious about the day-to-day of someone navigating her way in a different industry, considering a leap to a startup, wants to optimise their daily routine or fancies a more adventurous and fulfilling life!
Currently in my life as a creative explorer every day is totally different and so I try and find balance and rhythm as opposed to routine. I’ve learnt to see emotional and work highs and lows as constantly evolving entities that change like the seasons, and thus embrace the ‘winter months’ as times of self care and reflection - which is hard!
Some weeks I am freelancing in offices and this is when sticking to my rituals around exercise and socialising with positive people is at its most necessary. Ideally I’ll be up at 5.30 to get to a Project Awesome session or a morning sober rave at Morning Gloryville - so I can kick start my day with hugs, dancing and high fives - this feeds my positive energy and helps me through the grim reality of sitting in front of a huge computer screen for the next 8-10 hours in a studio.
When I am working on my own stuff - I could be co-working with friends in cafes around London; having fascinating conversations with artists living on boats and discussing their PHD thesis on women voyagers throughout the centuries; Sitting in front to the Royal Albert Hall doing a commissioned drawing for a client; doing a trial run of a walking tour for a project I am working on with my friend Dinny Smith for London by Londoners; running a drawing and mindfulness class for Sunday Assembly; doing a day trip to the Netherlands to view a barge for my next business venture; helping out at Escape the City; going to networking events for the creative as well as adventure industries; hunting down the best place to get high quality and good value art prints done of my work; selling my prints/ greetings cards on market stalls and at art fairs around London… the list is endless.
What I have learnt over the past year is that who you surround yourself by is the most influential thing that will determine how quickly and successfully you pursue your life/ business projects. Finding your tribes is essential to your success and emotional wellbeing.
Daily drawing is one way that i keep myself in check and work through anxiety/ depressive states. Essentially a visual diary of my state of mind, it helps me monitor how i am doing and recognise when I need to make adjustments - more often than not, that means i need to do more exercise and get into nature. Thats also when I need to retreat to my haven of sanity and emotional reset: the Ladies Pond on Hampstead Heath.
A shift in mindset has been the biggest change for me this year - a realisation that anything is possible, I am capable of more than I thought, hurdles are in fact the solution, people are incredible, don't be afraid to ask for help. In short, if you follow your true authentic voice - the universe will enable you to achieve your dreams.