Penny with hands on her hips in front of a mural in Queen's Park

Penny's
Story

There is no part of traditional education or upbringing that trains you how to manage your own attention, set goals, build structure, and consistently show up for yourself—by yourself—yet that's exactly what that glib "follow your dreams" message tells us should be possible.

When I work by myself and I hit a problem, it’s just too easy to ignore the entire project, and decide to do something much easier instead – like watching a film, or read a book, or even to do the washing up!

Building an individual creative practise in combination with an accountability group means getting new perspectives, support, feedback and answers and all of the difficult parts of the process. It helps bring things back into focus and break them down into granular actions that aren’t so hard or overwhelming.

Sometimes saying the problem out loud is all it takes to see that you already know the solution. It was just your inner critic that was playing games with you, or procrastination against accepting that what needs to happen is a new steep learning curve. It’s like a bad habit. When I hear myself speaking about problems to others, I often think ‘Ocht, get over yourself, just do it!’.

It’s also hugely comforting to know you’re not alone, there are others who understand what you are trying to achieve and are there to support you as best they can. And vice versa, there isn’t a better feeling than knowing you helped someone solve a problem that was holding them back.

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