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Get To Know Me!

20 interesting facts to help you get to know me better!

I’m a pretty open book. But if you’re only just discovering my blogs, it might be a bit tricky to get to know me. So I’ve put together a fun little list with odd facts about me! (more…)

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What I Miss Most About Creative Web Design

Having worked in a corporate environment for over a year now, here are the things I miss most about creative web design projects

I’ve been working for a corporation for more than a year now, and most of my time is spent updating and developing websites to market their products. And while this is a good, stable job that pays my bills, the sites I create follow very strict guidelines. It’s nothing like the creative web design projects I was able to undertake at university. This mostly comes down to the sites needing to be highly usable and purpose built for SEO (search engine optimisation). Even my Shelley Bassett site follows these rules and is very uniform in it’s approach. (more…)

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How To Use a Sketchbook

How to use a sketchbook for a number of different purposes, and why pen on paper is so important

What is a sketchbook? To some, it’s just blank paper bound together. But to me, it’s a necessary creative tool. It’s both a way to problem solve and a way to self express. It’s a really organic process, where there are no restrictions but my imagination and the size of the page. Over the years, I’ve filled dozens of sketchbooks, and there are a few key points to consider. (more…)

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Pumpkin soup with fresh basil and crusty bread

Counting Calories Week 3: How Not to be Sick

I've been really sick this week, and it's had a direct impact on my diet

Like most of the human population, I hate being sick. Unfortunately, it happens fairly regularly due to a combination of shitty immunity and sinuses that don’t drain properly. But this week is the first time I’ve noticed my health having an impact on my diet. And based on this data and my knowledge of myself, I’m going to suggest something similar happens every time I’m ill. (more…)

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What’s in a Depression Diary?

How to keep a depression diary, and why that's been important for my mental health

It’s no secret that I have depression. It’s part of who I am and I’ve accepted that and learnt to deal with it. Like most people with depression, I have periods of “normality”, when you wouldn’t know that my brain has a chemical imbalance. But I also have the really dark times, where I can’t get off the couch for weeks, and my brain lies to me about my worth and relationships. Through all of these changes, I keep a depression diary. It’s evolved through the years, but has become a vital tool to getting me through each day. (more…)

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Poached eggs with smash avocado on toast drizzled with balsamic

Counting Calories Week 2: Danger Times

Working through the danger times for calorie intake during the week

Last week I started talking about controlling my weight by focusing on diet. And like standing on the scales shocked me about my weight, counting the calories I eat gave me a surprise about my food intake. This week wasn’t great either. But, it was better than last, and that’s all I can hope for. This is going to be a slow journey, but I’m in it for the long haul. (more…)

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5 Goals for 2018

Setting 5 open-ended goals to kick start 2018, and hopefully achieve great things!

It’s halfway through February already, and while I don’t believe in new year resolutions, I do believe in setting goals. For me, goals and checkpoints help to keep me focused and give me something to work towards. I get very easily distracted, so a list of goals is a good way for me to focus my efforts and actually achieve something.

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Chickpea, sausage and spinach

Counting Calories: Week 1

The very beginning of my calorie counting journey.

Managing my weight has always been a struggle. I can swing from being borderline underweight to incredibly overweight in a matter of months. And while everyone’s advice and concern is nice, it’s never really made a difference. But now I need to actually start paying attention. After the shock that was standing on the scales last weekend, I made a choice to start figuring out why my weight fluctuates so much. The simplest rule I could find was that the energy going into my body should be proportional to the energy I use each day, with a deficit if I plan to lose weight. So with this in mind, I started counting my calories. (more…)

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Creating Ambiance with Background Noises

Choosing the soundscape to set the mood

Working full time in a creative field, and then dedicating my downtime to personal creativity, I spend a lot of time thinking, planning, and then performing repetitive tasks to execute an amazing final piece. Sometimes, it’s nice to sit in silence and hear your own thoughts. But there are other times when voices in my head are deafening and distracting. It’s these moments that I need to fill the silence with some background noise. I rarely choose to use music to fill the space. Anything with lyrics can stop the flow of thoughts in my head, and I find that I’m singing along to something rather than working on the task at hand. (more…)

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Finding Inspiration

Sparking inspiration and ideas from unlikely sources

Sometimes finding inspiration is really hard. Even though I have quite a diverse portfolio, I regularly hit the dreaded “writer’s block”. And while it’s not always words I struggle to find, hitting upon that initial creative spark is something any creative is constantly chasing. You can’t predict when or where creativity will strike. There’s no way of knowing where the next idea will spring from. But when I’m struggling with finding inspiration, there are a few things that can can help break the creative slump. (more…)

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