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This year has been a crazy one to say the least. Thinking back to goals I set myself last January feels like conducting an archaeological dig on a long lost world. We were so used to measuring our worth by achievement and status that the events of this year left lots of us questioning what to do now. And it doesn’t look like next year will give us much sense of ‘normality’ either. So now, as we come to the end of the year, it’s a good time to take a look back at your year in order to think…

The modern gold rush

The internet feels like the modern gold rush. If you’re too late the party, all that’s left is hard work, disappointment and the occasional piece of fool’s gold. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what is the reason that I write, that I draw, and that I create?

Headline after headline, blog after blog, tells me the only thing that we should do with our work is to monetise it. Create only to hook in readers and monetise their eyes. This is the attention economy. …

Because no one writes a guidebook about what to expect when you’re not expecting.

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Sometimes there’s a moment when you realise you don’t want kids. Or maybe you’ve known since you were little that having kids was not for you. But even with more and more people now choosing to remain childless, it still feels like conversations about what it is like to not have kids are kept in the shadows.

So for everyone out there who is wondering what it’s like, here is my quick guide about what to expect when you’re not expecting.

Sometimes you’ll doubt your decision

It’s OK — no decision…

Whether I’m writing a blog, something for work, or starting a new fiction idea, here is the process I follow to overcome writer’s block.

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Nothing can be more frustrating than the blank page. It can feel like so much pressure thinking about how many words you need to write to fill it, and sometimes that pressure can get the better of us.

And it’s not just new writers who suffer from writer’s block. It can get the better of all of us, no matter how experienced we are, and no matter what we’re working on.

So here’s the process I…

Often, the more people you include in your content creation process, the more difficult creating good content becomes. But it doesn’t have to be impossible.

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We all know that feeling when you’ve written some great content for your company’s website, but rounds of stakeholder revisions end up making it about as clear as a Donald Trump speech.

But things can get even trickier when you have to work with a subject matter expert to create content together.

Subject matter experts are, by their very nature, the experts on the subject you need to create content about. …

Here are my top five non-fiction books to read that could change your life, all from the comfort of your living room.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a researcher who studies shame and vulnerability. Daring Greatly is a really engaging and accessible look at what her research has found and how it can help you in your daily life.

With a title based on the famous Roosevelt speech, the book is about how learning to be vulnerable is one of the most courageous things that you can do.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is…

As we all nervously wait for news of how we’ll emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, dealing with the emotional rollercoaster of living through these times is not getting any easier.

In fact, it’s getting harder.

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A word board with the phrase ‘You Are Not Alone’ written on it
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As the weeks in lockdown draw ever so slowly on, some of us are finding it harder to deal with the ups and downs of this new daily life. But why is this?

My own personal theory is that we’ve now spent so long living in lockdown, we’re unable to use the ‘grin and bear it’ technique that many of us employed to get through…

Everyone has a dream. But what happens when you’re working hard, playing the game, doing everything “right” but you’re still not getting anywhere?

Giving up has got a bad reputation. The rise in social media has led us to believe that if we just keep going we will get there. If we just grin a bear it, we will succeed. But can this be true?

If you think of the infinite number of people out there who have the same goal as you, how is it possible that everyone will succeed? Success has never just been about talent or hard…

Stevie Cooke

Writer, content creator and non-fiction nerd. Loves big ideas and dogs. Who doesn’t?

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