28 April 2019


April has definitely been a better month than March. I think it’s largely down to the fact that there is more daylight now! This month’s achievements include

  • Acquiring my new printer and working on developing new stock for martinemakes.com.

  • Introducing a new monthly freebie for Martine Makes.

  • Agreeing to take a pitch at Guernsey’s first Sustainable Market at the end of May and doing all the planning associated with that.

  • Organising my new home office.

  • Keeping my emails under control.

  • Applying for a Master’s in Education…!

I also had a productive, but also restful Easter break.

What Next?

  • May will be focussed on continuing my market prep - making stock and planning my display.

  • I also need to work on generating some income for The Teaching Space - things are a little quiet over there.

Theme for the Year Update

My theme for the year is health and wellbeing. Here’s what I have done this month in keeping with my theme:

  • I’ve enjoyed some nice long walks.

  • I am keeping up with my monthly massage habit.

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31 March 2019


March has not been a great month if I am honest. I have felt very tired and not up to much. However, there have been achievements:

  • I made a new product for my Martine Makes shop.

  • I’ve read and researched lots for my Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) qualification.

  • I’ve been hard at work in the day job.

  • I got the cash together that I needed to buy my printer. Just need to find more time to make art now!

What Next?

  • Rest over Easter break!

  • Start making some art tutorial videos.

  • Keep up with my research for ATS.

Theme for the Year Update

My theme for the year is health and wellbeing. Here’s what I have done this month in keeping with my theme:

  • No running - just walking and a little yoga.

  • I am keeping up with my monthly massage habit.

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27 February 2019


How is it possible to be two months in to the year already? This month:

  • I had a coaching session with an artist I admire and really started to nail down my style. Consequently I am no longer ‘blocked’ and have been drawing lots.

  • I’ve been doing lots of self-care work this month including experimenting with new recipes and researching diet culture.

  • I’ve stuck to my theme for the year - see below.

  • Made some new art for my shop and update the look of the website.

  • Decided to pause book 2 until I settle on an idea. I have no reason to rush the process.

  • I’ve kept up-to-date with my podcast schedule.

What Next?

  • Keep making art.

  • Explore the logistics and costs involved in professionally printing my own art to consider entering the personalised market.

  • Keep up my self-care schedule (see below).

Theme for the Year Update

My theme for the year is health and wellbeing. Here’s what I have done this month in keeping with my theme:

  • Not run that much - instead, I have walked. This is an achievement because my body has not wanted me to run. There’s been a little pain (nothing I am too concerned about but nevertheless, it is a signal for me to take it easier, so I have).

  • Enjoyed half term and really rested.

  • Enjoyed a lovely massage.

  • I baked!

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27 January 2019


I can’t lie - January is not my favourite month. But as Januarys go, this one has not been so bad. This month I:

  • Released my book on Amazon (for Kindle) and Kobo.

  • Stuck to my theme for the year - see below.

  • Generally felt organised and in control.

  • Made some new art for my shop.

  • Booked a creative coaching session with an artist I admire to help me with nailing down my style (a massive creative barrier for me).

What Next?

  • After my creative coaching session above I am looking forward to getting unblocked and to making lots of art.

  • Start thinking about book 2 - still not sure on the theme.

  • Keep up the running.

Theme for the Year Update

My theme for the year is health and wellbeing. Here’s what i have done this month in keeping with my theme:

  • Started a Couch to 5K programme.

  • Missed just a couple of runs due to listening to my body (that’s a big win for me!)

  • Enjoyed a lovely massage.

  • Tried some new, nutritious recipes.

  • Cleared my system of all my regular medications (I have had to go on a short course of antibiotics for sinusitis but otherwise, I’m clear!)

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29 December 2018

Reflection on 2018

Rather than focus on my achievements for the month, now felt like a good time to reflect on my biggest achievements of 2018. So… what went well?

What Next? (AKA Goals for 2019)

I plan to keep things simple in 2019 as I will be working full-time until summer break. So here are my three goals for 2019:

  1. Personal: there will be no diets and no crazy exercise regimes… instead I will simply ask myself “what would a healthy person do?” I’m also committing to a monthly massage starting next week.

  2. The Teaching Space: I will write and publish book two and continue growing the podcast and releasing episodes consistently.

  3. Martine Makes: I will focus on making art prints and stationery in 2019.

My theme for the year is: health and wellbeing.

1 December 2018


I’ve just realised that I have updated my ‘now’ page every month for a whole year. I am so pleased with that!

Here are a few of my achievements for the month:


  • I have a solid book launch plan; the book is currently with my launch team and I am waiting for feedback to come in.

  • I need to start the next book in January.

  • Martine Makes has had a good sales month - I am still not quite sure of what this personal/creative brand of mine wants to be but I am quite happy leaving it morph for now.

  • My bookkeeping is still up-to-date.

  • My phased return to work is nearly over. I am tired. However, I am really enjoying my new job.

  • I am now attending one exercise class a week. I plan to increase to two soon.

What Next?

  • Start coming up with ideas for my new book.

  • Set goals for 2019.

What Am I Reading?

30 October 2018


October has also been a recovery month. I’m nearly 2 months post-spinal op and am proud to have taken things slowly. I am definitely feeling the benefit. My back and leg are feeling good and this week I’ve started feeling more energetic.

Here are a few of my achievements for the month:

  • I released a brand new digital product on Martine Makes: Simple Watercolour Leaf Stamps for Procreate.

  • I’ve been making art on my iPad regularly (mostly lettering and digital watercolour).

  • I got my bookkeeping up-to-date - whoop!

  • My phased return to work has started and I am managing my energy well (although it was a bit of a shock to the system).

  • I’ve started cooking again!

  • I have half a chapter left of my book to write…

What Next?

  • I plan to gradually increase my exercise and activity levels.

  • My book will be finished and hopefully edited by this time next month.

What Am I Reading?

1 October 2018


  • My September has been spent recovering from spinal surgery, so today’s ‘now’ post might look a little sparse!

  • My biggest achievement has been allowing my body time to recover. I’ve rested completely, and am finally seeing the benefits.

  • I have not freaked out about having 4 weeks off work (at the start of a new 1 year secondment) - thankfully my employer has been very supportive.

  • I’ve definitely felt the benefits of having podcasts recorded up until the end of the year during September.

  • While recovering I have managed to listen to LOTS of great books.

  • I’ve also completed some creative online courses and done lots of drawing on my iPad. I feel a new direction for Martine Makes forming.

What Next?

  • I want to continue making art daily.

  • I need to focus on getting my physical strength and fitness back.

  • I am looking forward to returning to work and finding my feet in an exciting, new role.

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