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SUNFLOWERS 14 MARCH 2

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Louisa May Alcott

Welcome to The Careless, Changeful, Contrary, Crotchety, Casual, Chancy, Crazy, Capricious Creative, as to which you probably have an inkling how I arrived at the name …

Hello, I’m Mel and if you are still in the dark then let me tell you I’m –

… fickle, inconsistent, variable, unstable, mercurial, volatile, erratic, vacillating, irregular, inconsistent, fitful, arbitrary’ and …

just a downright snickety-picky-arse …

Caprice is both the beauty and bane of my life – the upside is that I have an almost insatiable hunger for knowledge, an interest in so many things (terminally nosy …), the willingness to give most things a go – even if only to satisfy my curiosity, and I have become pathologically expert at juggling conflicting priorities.

However, as with all upsides, there are many downs – I’m a tad too fair-weatherly for many people, I constantly seek perfection, am almost never satisfied with what I produce and forever convinced that that grass is almost certainly far greener on the other side of the fence.  If that isn’t enough to contend with, it can also be downright exhausting being just so darned inconstant.

But, and with glorious irony for someone so changeable, I wouldn’t actually change a thing.  I rejoice in my ability to keep so many plates spinning and revel in the sheer delightfulness and joy that creativity has brought to my life.

I can make no claims to being brilliant at anything – I’m not artistic, definitely not musical, certainly can’t dance, too cack-handed for handcrafting, don’t know one end of a crochet hook or knitting needle from the other, ditto sewing machine, discovered the hard way that I shouldn’t go anywhere near hammers, nails, pots of paint or gardening tools, and if you need someone to whip up a dozen or so fairy cakes for the local fete – best not ask me.

But you know what?  I am blessed with a great imagination, enormous capacity for hard work and pretty sparky problem solving skills – all of which means that, day job aside, I have built a successful creativity coaching business, am slowly but surely adding copywriting and web design to my repertoire and still find the time to volunteer as a mentor and skills coach to those who have suffered domestic abuse – which I don’t think is at all bad for someone who has the attention span of a gnat on crack.

I’m not sure whether any advice I give can change your life but if, like me, you fell asleep somewhere around your twenties, woke up again in middle-age with a horrible realisation that time had gone a wandering; would happily come to a decision if you could actually decide whether the decision to come to a decision is actually the right decision; would stick to a single path if there weren’t so many other little pathways to meander along; or simply want to have a potter around something creative – anything creative!

I hear you.

I don’t have all the answers but can offer more than a few scribblings, ponderings, tips and tricks to help set you on a creative path – mainly because …

Personal circumstances, coupled with bouts of extreme tardiness, meant that I came monstrously late to a creative life but have still managed to build a pretty darned decent one – so much so that now I’m here I think I’ll stay …

Unless, of course, I change my mind …