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 request letters from Jane Austen.

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

Give Yourself Space for Creativity

Give Yourself Space for Creativity

I get my best ideas in the mountains. 

Or even on a long car journey to the mountains.

I am most creative on an early Monday morning. 

I keep a notepad nearby to jot down ideas, and the page fills up by my first Pomodoro. I may be most productive on a Friday afternoon, with the urgency of my personal deadline looming, but I’m most creative on a Monday, with the whole week ahead of me. My mind has freedom to roam.

Give Yourself Space for Creativity

What mountains and Mondays have in common [besides the letter M] is SPACE.

On a long journey, my mind has time to be free. To let go of tasks. To exhaust busyness and let my mind wander. No obligations, no distractions.

On a Monday I can stretch out. I have a sense of unhurried-ness. Calling it procrastination would be stifling; what it really is is possibility. The dam is unblocked and the flood of ideas pours through: I could do so many things! 

By the end of the week I am too focused on crunch time. 

I push those thoughts out of my head before they hit the page – sometimes before they are even fully formed. They probably get pushed to the Monday part of my brain; I don’t know how that works.

Realisations like this remind me of why I’m a minimalist. 

Minimalism is having space to explore and freedom to breath. When my home is tidy, my eyes don’t dart around to the clutter. When my wardrobe is tiny, I work solely with pieces I love. Minimalism makes it easier to focus, but it also provides the space essential for creativity: fewer choices, fewer things to remember, more time and space for creativity to seep in. 

P.S. There’s more on my minimalist journey and how it opened up room for opportunity in my ebook, Own Your Story.

Sunday Sampling / 058

Sunday Sampling / 058

This week I had the wonderful realisation that there’s this thing called SPRING, and if you’re really lucky, you even get to experience it in Scotland. I soaked up an afternoon’s dose of vitamin D before the rain came pouring down, but for just a moment, it was glorious.

MY FAVOURITE READS LATELY

😊 How to make friends faster, according to a behavioural scientist’s research

📚  Off to the bookshop to pick up these favourite poetry collections for bedtime reading!

I love these EW interviews with Emma Watson on Belle – she has clearly done her homework!

🇫🇷 Consider these Belle Époque lamps wishlisted.

💔 This is how you celebrate heartbreak.

🍹 For further celebratory inspiration, look no further than Catherine’s exceptionally pink Galentine’s Day Brunch

🖊 Are you prepared to walk away from everything at a moment’s notice?

👑 Plus on Heroine Training: How to define success for yourself: Oscar Season Edition, 21 things to do on a 5-minute Pomodoro break, and my minimalist Disneyland Paris haul

Minimalist Disneyland Paris Haul

Minimalist Disneyland Paris Haul

What does a minimalist buy at Disneyland?

For our first trip to Disneyland Paris, I limited myself to one souvenir for me, one for us, and one for Steve (who tried not to buy anything).

I find the fewer souvenirs I bring home, the more I cherish them. So while there were many contenders, I will remember our first trip to Disneyland Paris in these objects – and our subsequent trips in others.

Minimalist Disneyland Paris Haul

Ratatouille Fridge Notepad

The Ratatouille section of Walt Disney Studios was my favourite part of the park, as it WAS Paris! While most of the rides provide Europeans a local substitute for American parks this corner felt special and exclusive. 

The ride is imaginative and immersive, and we treated ourselves to a lovely lunch at Chez Remy. Steve complained that the experience would be far better if the waiters were dressed as rats, and now that the idea is in my head I can’t help but agree with such ridiculousness.

We brought home a fridge notepad from the Ratatouille shop, which we display in our new kitchen. The notepad is meant to be a shopping list, but we chose to be more sparing with its use, keeping it instead as a menu card for planning our meals, adding some fun to the weekly task.

Baymax 

If you think that being a minimalist means less time shopping, you would be mistaken, at least in my case. Instead, I spend hours poring over every option to make the most informed decision before making each rare purchase. 

In our haste, I had forgotten to bring a doudou to Paris, so Steve suggested I collect one at Disney. (He may have been even more invested in this project than I, just as I was more invested in his selection of souvenir.) We scoured the shops for a cuddly toy that was huggable but not too large, and featured an accurately portrayed character I love. 

We finally settled on Baymax, who I overlooked at first as he’s part of the Disney Babies collection, which come swaddled in strange fringed blankets. We discovered that these are detchable, and I’ve even grown fond of Baymax’s traveling cloak. If you’re unfamiliar with this white squashy blob, do watch Big Hero 6, perhaps the most overlooked of recent Disney animated films!

Buzz Lightyear Mug

The highlight of the trip for Steve – by far – was Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast, an interactive moving shooter game in Discoveryland. He asked for “his own copy of the ride” for his birthday which makes my sister’s graduation present request (a Nando’s restaurant in Los Angeles) seem suddenly achievable. 

We rode the attraction 7 times over 2 days, exchanging tips and discoveries in the queue each time around. We found a special Space Ranger mug in the shop, but forgot to purchase it until 20 minutes to closing, when we were in the other park. Steve said it was fine, but I insisted on going back for it. 

We passed the entrance on the way to the shop, noting that the ride was closed, but the Cast Member let us in anyway. The best tip for this ride is to go in by yourself, with literally no one else around, and hope that it stops a few times, giving you extra chances to fire at the targets. 

We may have missed the Star Wars Galactic Celebration, but left with Steve’s score maxing out on the counter, the happiest night in the happiest place on Earth (or at least in Europe).

P.S. You can see more pictures from my Disneyland Paris adventure on Instagram!