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!

Currently Reading

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!)

Currently Reading

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.

What Am I Reading?

1 September 2018


  • I've had a wonderfully creative summer!

  • The first draft of my book is finished. I am now doing my own edit, then will be sending it to a professional editor. It turned out to be a lot shorter than originally expected, but the content is great so I am happy with that.

  • Health-wise, the past month has been incredibly challenging - not so much in terms of pain, but getting my back operation sorted. It's now going ahead next week. Phew! My achievement is getting through it.

  • I've cycled less this month, but I've still been on my bike at least a few times a week.

  • I have podcasts recorded until the end of December.

  • My hedge veg stall has been very successful.

  • I completed the Seanwes 30 Days to Better Writing Challenge.

  • I also completed the Make it in Design Summer School and really got back in touch with surface pattern design as a result.

  • I introduced a new range of stationery products to my Martine Makes shop.

  • I moved my Martine Makes shop from Squarespace to Shopify and made my first sales.

  • I moved my email list from Converkit to MailChimp and am changing the format of my emails.

Currently Working On

  • Preparing mentally for a month of rest after my operation. There will be knitting, drawing and reading...!

  • Editing my book.

  • Reading ALL THE THINGS in preparation for the new subjects I will be teaching this academic year.

  • Keeping my creative activities going - making art and lettering.

  • Not freaking out about missing the first month of my new job.

What Next?

  • All of the above. I am not planning any more due to recovery time.

What Am I Reading?

1 August 2018


  • I have continued cycling and am still really enjoying it.
  • I am now on my summer break and have been doing some serious relaxation.
  • I've been making art as part of the Make it in Design ("MIID") Summer School.
  • I've been writing and recording.
  • I've made yarn (and sold yarn) and started my very own hedge veg stall selling succulents. 

Currently Working On

  • Cycling more.
  • Making art.
  • Writing.
  • Resting.
  • Bulk recording the podcast for next (academic) year.

What Next?

  • Aim for the month - finish my book (waking at 6am and writing daily).
  • Complete the Seanwes 30 Days to Better Writing Challenge.
  • Complete the MIID Summer School projects.

What Am I Reading?