Updated 2nd March
The Curious Cave….where I head on in with a cuppa, find a cosy corner and switch off from everyday life.
I’m inspired daily by these creative geniuses already out in the world – I hope they inspire you too.
This will be an ever-evolving list (newest updates listed first) and as I get through this collection of books (that I got for Christmas), and discover more and more people through social media and podcasts, I’ll be posting reviews too, so keep popping in now and again.
And if you’ve found other great reads or listens out there, please do share either on @curiouscreativeclub Instagram page or email me via the contact form below – sharing is caring after all and the beauty of this page is for us all to learn together and discover the magic makers out there that can help or inspire us further.
So lets begin in the library…In no particular order, the following books are well-worth your time J
Hashtag Authetic – Sarah Tasker (Of @me_and_orla on Instagram)
This is a brilliant much-needed book in the crazy creative world of Instagram. It draws on Sarah’s experience of creating a huge account that has to date 213k followers and breaks it all down into the four simple sections of: Storytelling, Making Pictures, Archiving Your Life and Sharing Your World. A must for anyone who is captivated by creating those little squares.
Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is an absolute must for all creatives! I absolutely love it so far. You’ll find yourself nodding a lot as Elizabeth almost takes us on a spiritual journey to discover the myths, process and absolutely necessity of creativity in human’s lives – if we want to live a great one that is.
Write Yourself Happy – The art of Positive Journaling – Megan C Hayes PhD
This is looking at journaling not just as a cathartic way to download a bad week or experience but to actually help shift your mindset too to one of seeking out the positive moments, no matter how big or small, that do happen in every day life, even on a really crap day.
Conscious Creativity, Look, Connect, Create – Phillipa Stanton (of 5ftinf on Instagram)
This is such a beautiful book and will appeal to literally everyone, bursting with colour and inspirational prompts to encourage you to go and tap into that curiosity and create in a way you may have never thought of before. It’s been flying off the shelves and for good reason
The Joy of Watercolour – 40 happy lessons for Painting the World Around You – Emma Block
For those at the start of their painting with watercolour journey, this is such a simple, modern, step by step book that’s really easy to follow. This is what I used to create my cactus picture!
The Wild Remedy – How Nature Mends Us – A diary – Emma Mitchell
I’ve come across Emma in various magazines admiring her beautiful sketches capturing the seasons for Country Living and Breathe Magazine, among others. Here she delves deep into the seasons, explaining how nature can heal us and help our mental wellbeing – a woman after my own heart as that’s what I champion via my insta account @soothedbynature. Plus, as you’d expect, it is beautifully illustrated.
The Self-Care Revolution – Suzy Reading
This is more of a self-care book but important none the less for the likes of us creatives who work from home and often get so engrossed we forget that occasionally we need to look after ourselves! It’s a brilliantly written book, split into really good sections, using the vitality wheel as a focus so you can work out where your attention needs to be. It’s easy to get through and just makes total sense!
Now on to Magazines:
Writers News – a bible for all wannabe writers, so many good articles, tips, stories and competitions – they also provide the Writers Online website that gives you regular prompts and news about competitions etc
Breathe Magazine – a relative newbie but looks at all areas of well-being, often including creative sections
Simple Things Magazine – similar to above but works with the seasons
Psychologies – again more Well-being but often has interesting articles around creativity
Country Living – often showcases crafters, artists and people who work from home on country makes.
Podcasts – This is a really great time-saving way to learn whilst doing other things such as cleaning or walking the dog! Best of all, they are free! Just use your podcast provide on your phone, such as Apple podcast or download a free Ap such as Stitcher, Spotify etc.
There are lots of podcasts out there for creatives, I’ve yet to find them all but here are the ones I’ve been enjoying so far:
Ctrl Alt Delete – Emma Gannon (Writer of the Multi-Hyphen Method)
Exciting Emails – Vix Meldrew
Conversations of Inspiration – Holly Tucker (co-founder of Not on the Highstreet)
Adulting with Ebonie – Ebonie Allard
The One Girl Band Podcast – Lola Hoad
Creatively Human – Ruth Poundwhite
Dreaming and Doing – Nicky Raby
Grow with Soul – Kayte Ferris
The Creative Introvert – Cat Rose
Hashtag Authentic – Sarah Tasker
Magic Lessons – Elizabeth Gilbert
Make it happen – Jen Carrington
Letters from a hopeful creative – Jen Carrington and Sarah Tasker
On the Make – Josephine Brooks
The Creative Leap – Cat Byrne
What she said – Lucy Lucraft
And the more well-being or entertaining ones:
Pressing Pause – Gabrielle Treanor
Happy Place – Fearne Cotton
Psychologies Podcast Channel
Table Manners – Jessie Ware
The Great Indoors – Sophie Robinson and Mad about the House
The High Low
Happier – Gretchin Rubin
And finally….on to Social Media! There are so many creatives and interesting people I follow it’s ridiculous so it’s impossible to list them all, so here are a few of my favourites:
Creative Instagram accounts:
My own accounts of course:
me_and_orla; hollytucker; justacard; thestepupclub; lolahoad_ ; thesimplicitystrategist
asocialnature; adelewatercolours; read.holmfirth; arnoldandbird; nickyraby;
creativeintro; onegirlband_; happinessauthor; simpleandseason
graceandflora ; lucyludreams; seaside_kate; covingtoncollections
kentandwillow; holmemadewithlove; littlebirdyhere: lucylucraft
karen.j.tickner; emilybrooksuk; k.louiseart; herinternest
hillandhedgerows; makewalkread; hbontoftart; connectedcreativity
sam.jackman.textiles; kirstiemallsopp; 5ftinf; silverpebble2; simpleandseason
ciderwithrosie; laurenastondesigns; snapdragonstudiouk; jennifercockcroft
Author Accounts: There are my top 3 fiction writers that I love so depends if you like that kind of thing!
lucyclarke_author; claremackwrites; lisajeweluk
Plus the wellbeing authors I like too:
gabrielletreanor; elizabeth_gilbert_writer; megan.c.hayes; fearncotton: drchatterjee
Women Power accounts (as I like to call them)
womenreadyblog; therebelwomansclub; allison_sadler_
a_yorkshire_girl; davinagetsmindful; sheflourished_; bryonygordon; suzyreading
onegirlband_ ; nickyraby; thesimplicitystrategist; lizwinden
myhousecandy; mad_about_the_house; sophierobinsoninteriors
Useful Facebook Groups
Simple and Joyful Business – Ruth Poundwhite
Worry Less and Enjoy Life More – Gabrielle Treanor
Psychologies Life Labs
Shelley Art Group
Finally, if you’re a creative and want to expand your Social Media presence but are not sure how, I have a friend who may be able to help, her business is called A Social Nature and you can find her at www.asocialnature.co.uk