The first time I realised something wasn’t right was when I started forgetting things. Everyone who knows me will tell you I’m a stickler for organisation, lists, planning. On the ball. I used to hold a lot of information in my head – but suddenly started to find that I couldn’t remember basic things, like what I’d spoken to a client about an hour before. Or what I’d agreed to do for a piece of work. Juggling five or six client projects at once was never an issue, but it was clearly becoming one. Next came the brain fog. I found myself losing my train of thought part-way through running a focus group, doing a presentation, or delivering a training session. Not ideal. Gradually, I started wondering whether I was starting with early onset dementia. Something I say with knowledge, rather than flippantly: we lost my stepdad to mixed dementia in 2021.
Some of you may know that in recent years – alongside my consultancy – I’ve been working as a professional photographer. In that role, I’m now certified as a Climate Aware Photographer after completing Carbon Literacy Training with Redeye. The course is externally accredited by the Carbon Literacy Trust who have confirmed that I meet all of the requirements of the Carbon Literacy Standard and am regarded as Carbon Literate.
I’m bringing my learning from that experience directly into my cultural consultancy business, and will be making some changes to the way I operate as a result.Read More
I’m a freelancer working with cultural organisations like museums, libraries, archives and galleries. I’m also building up a new photography business. I travel around the country and I’m often away. My husband works part-time as a primary school teacher and looks after our son who has special educational needs.Read More
Creating a new visual identity was always part of my business reboot plan. After ten years with the same look, it was time for a change. But more importantly, I wanted a new identity that would more accurately reflect my refreshed business direction and approach, as well as give a nod to my roots.Read More
For the first time in my ten-year freelance career I took July off from all client projects*.
Rewind six months.
Back in January I was feeling worn out. Juggling ten different contracts, I was run down and lacking in motivation. Projects had been delayed. Work was contracted and subsequently cancelled without explanation. And I was experiencing a big dose of imposter syndrome on projects that just didn’t feel quite right.Read More
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