Dear wanderer,

Perhaps you grew up dreaming of receiving your Hogwarts letter, or stumbling upon Narnia. Perhaps you long to visit Pemberley, to Defy Gravity, or to go to the ball. I will write you that letter, and build you that wardrobe. [A metaphorical wardrobe, that is.] Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. This means chasing your dreams and making the impossible happen with your own inner magic.

For the full experience, you can Own Your Story, or enroll in Leading Lady summer camp.

You have the potential. Heroine Training provides the tools.

Welcome to our headquarters, where dreams meet reality, where fiction is cherished, where magic is real.

Sincerely, your guide on this journey,

P.S. Read more about Heroine Training

Finding a Hobby that You Actually Enjoy + My Princess Groot Outfit

Finding a Hobby that You Actually Enjoy + My Princess Groot Outfit

Introducing the newest Guardian of the Galaxy, Princess Groot!

While I fashioned my Groot crown to attend Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, it occurred to me that making Disney-inspired outfits is a hobby.

It fits the definition: something I enjoy, that I do regularly, even though that regularity is enforced through the cinematic calendar rather than the weeks on my Passion Planner. Most importantly, sitting down to ‘do my hobby’ doesn’t feel like a chore!

Finding a hobby that you actually enjoy:

Becoming Princess Groot

Finding a Hobby that You Actually Enjoy + My Princess Groot Outfit

Guardians of the Galaxy proved a tricky costuming prompt for me.

Since it’s one of Steve’s favourite movies ever I asked for his advice.

Steve: You should be Gamora. She’s awesome.
Me: But I don’t own any trousers!

I thought about how it would be cool to be a female Star Lord, but… I don’t have any trousers for that either. Or any clothes in the right colours and shapes, and the premise of this project is that I don’t purchase new pieces just for the outfit.

Finding a Hobby that You Actually Enjoy + My Princess Groot Outfit

I started googling the characters, and others’ costumes of the characters.

There were some pretty realistic full-body Groot suits, but what caught my attention was how Groot’s head is like a crown.

And a crown is fit for a princess. I donned my Groot-coloured shoes, and suddenly it became obvious that my vintage Laura Ashley florals would be perfect for the part.

The crown itself is some cardboard from the box that my Heroine Training tea party totes arrived in, decorated with my colouring pens, some sticky notes, and brown paper, and affixed with string.

Finding a Hobby that You Actually Enjoy + My Princess Groot Outfit

P.S. Find a hobby with me? Start a project of your own in my Leading Lady summer camp.

Invitation to a Unique Experience: Want to Play?

Invitation to a Unique Experience: Want to Play?

Whenever I go to New York, I see a play (of course). 

Usually I go to TKTS, hunting down last-minute deals. One year, I decided to see Sleep No More. I’d heard good things, but the ticket price was more than I was used to paying, and it was never on sale. Huh. Well, it was supposed to be amazing, so I went for it.

Within a few minutes of entering the McKittrick Hotel, my perspective on value was shaken up. 

This show was unlike anything I’d experienced. I had purchased my ticket to another world, a truly immersive experience, just like the production promised.

Punchdrunk combines dance, theatre, Shakespeare, music, and film noir; it stimulates all of the senses. It packages all of these things together and gives you an evening to explore them, to don the mask that signifies your participation as not just an audience member, but a part of the story.

I want to create experience like the ones I have at Punchdrunk productions – ones that make you go “there’s nothing quite like it”…

Sure I can play the  Sleep No More soundtrack at home, turn off the lights, put on my mask, light a candle and read Macbeth. I can flip through my coffee table book of Punchdrunk photography while sipping whisky. 

Similarly, you can click through the Heroine Training archives at your leisure, watching the videos and scrolling through my photos on Instagram to paste together your own curriculum for free.

Invitation to a Unique Experience: Want to Play?

Or, you can come to Leading Lady summer camp.

What Leading Lady does is bind the storybook together for you, so you can follow the chronology of the theatrical process in more vivid detail. What Leading Lady does is infuse the liveness of theatre into your everyday life. 

You and your fellow cast members are a collective, on the same overall journey – production, if you will – each with your distinct roles within. We check in each week for Rehearsal, and the programme culminates in an Opening Night, where we celebrate our progress together.

Acting inspires action.

Punchdrunk’s productions inspire the audience to take initiative: you could linger in the same corner of the same room for the evening, or you can see what’s around the corner. Either way, you are making a choice, and acting on it. Enrolling in Leading Lady is taking action. You can read passively, or you can join us, and enjoy the play.

 Registration for Leading Lady is now open. Enroll before the spaces fill up!

P.S. I have a bundle of extra goodies that come with your registration when you’re an early bird! The sooner you sign up, the more surprises you shall receive 😉 Read more about Leading Lady.

Invitation to a Unique Experience: Want to Play?

Normal Won’t Happen. You Have to Make it Happen.

Normal Won't Happen. You Have to Make it Happen.

I’ve fallen into the habit of waiting for life to be Normal again. 

“After this, it will be normal”. “When my schedule is more normal…”, etc. 

We were in the process of moving for about three months, I’ve been traveling on top of traveling, and prior engagements happen to be happening all at once.

I just wanted ordinary.

After moving into the new flat, we flew to Paris right away on our annual obligatory winter holiday away from not-so-sunny Scotland. When we came back, we still had no furniture (it arrived the next day), but for some reason I felt like Normal would happen. Suddenly there wouldn’t be unusual tasks and out-of-the-ordinary days. I wanted ordinary for once! I wanted to fall into a routine and surrender to a schedule.

It didn’t happen of course. 

And here’s the thing: normal doesn’t happen. 

Normal doesn’t act. I am responsible for making it happen. I must impose normalcy upon life when it feels unusual. It’s like they say it will never feel like ‘the right time’. 

Normal Won't Happen. You Have to Make it Happen.

There’s always something odd going on, and usually it’s not an exciting odd. 

It’s waiting at home for the furniture to arrive. It’s traveling to Paris for a vacation, but having to sort out the logistics of printing tickets and making sure I don’t forget to pack things. No matter how glamourous something seems externally, there’s always stuff. This stuff infringes on daily life. In a not fun way.

I’ve come to accept that there will always be stuff to work around. I could spend energy resisting and resenting that, or I could spend it making normal happen.

Normal Won't Happen. You Have to Make it Happen.How to make Normal Happen

For busy people, normal doesn’t happen on its own. Here are some ways I’ve implemented Normal Life.

  • Create an Ideal Week Template. Identify what you want Normal to look like, on a regular basis, to have  a sense of what you’re aiming for.
  • Schedule the important but seemingly optional stuff first. Fitness is a great example of this. Block it into your calendar, weeks or months in advance. Fit other things around it. Those of us who work from home are the worst at this – technically we’re free all the time. But not. Set these boundaries for yourself.
  • Stick to the routines that ground you, even when you’re in a rush or on vacation. Posting on Instagram every morning gives me a burst of productivity. On a day when I’m not doing any other work, this one act helps me feel connected to my projects and community.
  • Honour your feeding times. Ensure that there is ample time to eat, and that you know where to find options. Nothing like scrambling to find a suitable lunch in limited time on an empty stomach. Pack, prepare, do your research.
  • Take some time to work through a seemingly impossible to do list. If you have a big project going on, whether it’s organising a tea party or moving into a new flat, write down all the little tasks that are piling up, and decide which are most important. Which ones need to get done this week, which ones can be shelved for later. Decide what you can and should do this week, and put the rest on hold.

How do you make Normal happen?

P.S. There’s a video of me reading this post aloud in my Heroines in Training Facebook group. I’m planning to do more like it, so join us if that’s your jam!