Thursday, March 7

Great Books For Savvy Artists.

So I talked it over with the king, and we've decided that there's something to be learnt from recent events. One tiny little lesson before I give you what you came for, our book recommendations for savvy artist's life and business. I read a lot so I have a lot to say in just a moment but before we get there.

It doesn't feel right to overload my awesome readers with content after such a heavy post like the last post. Click here if you didn't see it.

So instead of that, we have decided to put out today's post celebrating world book day, then leave posting for a while to give time and space and respect to our loved ones currently grieving.

Hope that's cool with you guys!

Anyway, 's let's get on with it, shall we?

I have decided to put this in 3 sections and there are roughly 12 books in all. Again I remind you pretty much all of these are affiliate links, this means that we may make a little tiny commission if you buy any of the books we suggest, but this will be no extra cost to you. It basically just means we get more jaffa cakes and hot chocolate to keep churning out content to inspire and encourage you guys.

Sound good?

Great!


Our First Section Is Life


Ok, guys, the whole point of these books is to help you be a better you. A better you will likely be able to produce better art. Get it?

Quick note, there's nothing wrong with you, you are now, but we as humans are always moving towards something, it may as well be something better.

Here's the list.

Off-Balance On Purpose - Dan Thurmon I believe that work/life balance is a myth that can interfere with our art. Dan explains what's better to do instead of trying to balance things. 

Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life This book was life-changing for me. If you are fed up of fluffy little self-help books and need something with a few more nuts to chew on. This is your book. Loved it! Still, live by many of the principles in this book.

Calm - Fearne Cotton  If you want something a little more gentle then Fearne Cotton has got you covered. All of her books are fab, but this is my favourite.

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway - Susan Jeffers This was such a good book that really helped me get over myself so that I could just get on with getting my art up online. It's been one heck of a journey ever since, and I owe that in part to the lessons and simple writing style of the late, great Susan Jeffers.

Our Second Section Is Business

This is my personal favourite section and narrowing this down to just 4 was hard, but here's the best of the best when it comes to business books.

Craft a Creative Business: Making & Marketing a Successful Creative Business This is such a good little handbook for all artists wanting to sell their work.

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur Pretty self-explanatory. Enjoy the surprise.

Small is the New Big - Seth Godin  - Seriously if you haven't read any of Seth Godin's books you should! Bonus because I can't not include it Linchpin that book revolutionised my business!

Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar It's been a hot minute but from what I remember, it's pretty good.




Our Final Section Is Art

So for this section, the listings are not going to be explained because I want to list a fair few and I know that these books will impact different types of artists in different ways. Enjoy guys! 


The Simpsons Handbook Secret Tips from the Pros 

How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way

How To Draw Stupid And Other Essentials Of Cartooning By Kyle Baker

Manga Martial Arts: Over 50 Basic Lessons For Drawing The World's Most Popular Fighting Style

The Animator's Survival Kit (Paperback) Richard E. Williams


If you like my style of books, please come follow me over on GoodReads

Great Books For Savvy Artists.

So I talked it  over with the king, and we've decided that there's something to be learnt from recent events. One tiny little lesson before I give you what you came for, our book recommendations for savvy artist's life and business. I read a lot so I have a lot to say in just a moment but before we get there.

It doesn't feel right to overload my awesome readers with content after such a heavy post like last post. Click here if you didn't see it.

So instead of that we have decided to put out today's post celebrating world book day, then leave posting for a while to give time and space and respect to our loved ones currently grieving.

Hope that's cool with you guys!

Anyway's lets get on with it shall we.

I have decided to put this in 3 sections and there are roughly 12 books in all. Again I remind you pretty much all of these are affiliate links, this means that we may make a little tiny commission if you buy any of the books we suggest, but this will be no extra cost to you. It basically just means we get more jaffa cakes and hot chocolate to keep churning out content to inspire and encourage you guys.

Sound good?

Great!


Our First Section Is Life


Ok guys, the whole point of these books is to help you be a better you. A better you will likely be able to produce better art. Get it?

Quick note, there's nothing wrong with the you, you are now, but we as humans are always moving towards something, it may as well be something better.

Here's the list.

Off Balance On Purpose - Dan Thurmon I believe that work/life balance is a myth that can interfere with our art. Dan explains what's better to do instead of trying to balance things. 

Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life This book was life changing for me. If you are fed up of fluffy little self help books and need something with a few more nuts to chew on. This is your book. Loved it! Still live by many of the principles in this book.

Calm - Fearne Cotton  If you want something a little more gentle then Fearne Cotton has got you covered. All of her books are fab, but this is my favourite.

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway - Susan Jeffers This was such a good book that really helped me get over myself so that I could just get on with getting my art up on line. It's been one heck of a journey ever since, and I owe that in part to the lessons and simple writing style of the late, great Susan Jeffers.

Our Second Section Is Business

This is my personal favourite section and narrowing this down to just 4 was hard, but here's the best of the best when it comes to business books.

Craft a Creative Business: Making & Marketing a Successful Creative Business This is such a good little hand book for all artists wanting to sell their work.

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur Pretty self explanatory. Enjoy the surprise.

Small is the New Big - Seth Godin  - Seriously if you haven't read any of Seth Godin's books you should! Bonus because I can't not include it Linchpin that book revolutionised my business!

Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar It's been a hot minute but from what I remember, it's pretty good.




Our Final Section Is Art

So for this section the listings are not going to be explained because I want to list a fair few and I know that these books will impact different types of artists in different ways. Enjoy guys! 


The Simpsons Handbook Secret Tips from the Pros 

How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way

How To Draw Stupid And Other Essentials Of Cartooning By Kyle Baker

Manga Martial Arts: Over 50 Basic Lessons For Drawing The World's Most Popular Fighting Style

The Animator's Survival Kit (Paperback) Richard E. Williams


If you like my style of books, please come follow me over on GoodReads

Tuesday, March 5

Depression Sucks And So Does This Post (Proberly)

Disclaimer :Since it's the age of triggered, I will give you 3 potential triggers for this post, but if you trigger easy you likely don't wanna read this so see you tomorrow if you come back. 

Potential Triggers: Sucide/Depression /Real Talk




Right guys, let me straight today I don't feel like writing....I don't wanna be a real downer especially now the sun is finally starting to show up around here but I just got a word that a  friend of mine has committed suicide.

At this point, I've just about had enough of getting messages like this, because I've had more in my young life than I care to admit. To be authentic today, I can't in good consciences  (yeah big word and what? I'm so not in the mood to edit myself right now) put up the happy post I was going to do so instead. I'm fighting back!

Depression that is.

I am fighting depression back because it sucks, and while it may be a part of the whole grieving thing. it's also had way too much of my life and time and I'm just done taking it. 

I don't know if this post will help anyone, but if gives someone flirting with jumping off the edge a much needed wakeup call. Good. 

If you are sucidal or depressed today consider this a cold glass of water in your face!



Wake up! We are here and we want to help you!! If you feel like you have no one else, reach out to one of these awesome helplines if you are here in the UK, if not then please google for help in your area, there are lots of great places set up all over the world to help. (this post is not affiliated or paid for by these helplines. I just really trust them personally)

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us?gclid=CjwKCAiA2fjjBRAjEiwAuewS_eZ7kaii5D3DGNrIhclVNiuC3H67r6sjnUQhwm5AwIgb1QzkNu9z4BoCLP4QAvD_BwE

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/suicidal-feelings/#.XH9Hy8D7QVQ


Of course, I am gonna be there for my friend's family and I'm sad at the loss of my friend, but I have been hit with depression ,many, many times before and there are so many articles on how I overcame it and fight it when it shows up, right on this site.

Here's a few. If they help awesome! That's why I wrote them. I removed the affiliate links because of the nature of this situation (I can do little more to help my griving friends from a distance and we scattered all over the place)

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2017/10/be-unique-not-uniform-when-you-hurting.html 

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2015/05/loosing-friends-learning-lessons.html

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2015/05/my-secret-to-beating-depression-here.html

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2015/06/the-running-shoes-suicide-depression.html

The thing is though guys if there is one take away from this sad time and day is that when life hits us, it's up to us how we choose to take the hand we get dealt. My friend made a perment decision that transfered his pain to all of his loved ones and he didn't reach out. He carried his pain alone, even though he didn't have to.  If you feel like he did just know that life is worth living and there is hope, never loose sight of that, suicide is damn destructive to all those left  behind! 


No matter how bad the pain is, it gets better in time trust me. 

My advise to all of you is if you are grieving today, that's okay, but this season will pass in time.

There's the generic statement, now for something more meaningful..

It's also totes okay to feel really rubbish even when the sunshine is out!

Your emotions are valid. You matter and you are worth taking care of, especially when you are hurting. Never forget that, and go fight to win at life like you mean it, because it's the only one you get and it won't last forever. (again, I'm not editing myself today)

Okay that's it for today. Enjoy the posts I did way back when, they probs have way more value than this.

Take it easy guys!



Got a complaint or comment? Let me know below and let's all together grow!



P.s If I'm not up to writing anymore this week. I won't. I have to take care of my own heart and I only want to publish content of value. Hope you guys understand!



Depression Sucks And So Does This Post (Proberly)

Disclaimer :Since it's the age of triggered, I will give you 3 potential triggers for this post, but if you trigger easy you likely don't wanna read this so see you tomorrow if you come back. 

Potential Triggers: Sucide/Depression /Real Talk




Right guys, let me straight today I don't feel like writing....I don't wanna be a real downer especially now the sun is finally starting to show up around here but I just got a word that a  friend of mine has committed suicide.

At this point, I've just about had enough of getting messages like this, because I've had more in my young life than I care to admit. To be authentic today, I can't in good consciences  (yeah big word and what? I'm so not in the mood to edit myself right now) put up the happy post I was going to do so instead. I'm fighting back!

Depression that is.

I am fighting depression back because it sucks, and while it may be a part of the whole grieving thing. it's also had way too much of my life and time and I'm just done taking it. 

I don't know if this post will help anyone, but if gives someone flirting with jumping off the edge a much needed wakeup call. Good. 

If you are sucidal or depressed today consider this a cold glass of water in your face!




Wake up! We are here and we want to help you!! If you feel like you have no one else, reach out to one of these awesome helplines if you are here in the UK, if not then please google for help in your area, there are lots of great places set up all over the world to help. (this post is not affiliated or paid for by these helplines. I just really trust them personally)

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us?gclid=CjwKCAiA2fjjBRAjEiwAuewS_eZ7kaii5D3DGNrIhclVNiuC3H67r6sjnUQhwm5AwIgb1QzkNu9z4BoCLP4QAvD_BwE

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/suicidal-feelings/#.XH9Hy8D7QVQ


Of course, I am gonna be there for my friend's family and I'm sad at the loss of my friend, but I have been hit with depression ,many, many times before and there are so many articles on how I overcame it and fight it when it shows up, right on this site.

Here's a few. If they help awesome! That's why I wrote them. I removed the affiliate links because of the nature of this situation (I can do little more to help my griving friends from a distance and we scattered all over the place)

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2017/10/be-unique-not-uniform-when-you-hurting.html 

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2015/05/loosing-friends-learning-lessons.html

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2015/05/my-secret-to-beating-depression-here.html

http://www.daisychange.co.uk/2015/06/the-running-shoes-suicide-depression.html

The thing is though guys if there is one take away from this sad time and day is that when life hits us, it's up to us how we choose to take the hand we get dealt. My friend made a perment decision that transfered his pain to all of his loved ones and he didn't reach out. He carried his pain alone, even though he didn't have to.  If you feel like he did just know that life is worth living and there is hope, never loose sight of that, suicide is damn destructive to all those left  behind! 


No matter how bad the pain is, it gets better in time trust me. 

My advise to all of you is if you are grieving today, that's okay, but this season will pass in time.

There's the generic statement, now for something more meaningful..

It's also totes okay to feel really rubbish even when the sunshine is out!

Your emotions are valid. You matter and you are worth taking care of, especially when you are hurting. Never forget that, and go fight to win at life like you mean it, because it's the only one you get and it won't last forever. (again, I'm not editing myself today)

Okay that's it for today. Enjoy the posts I did way back when, they probs have way more value than this.

Take it easy guys!



Got a complaint or comment? Let me know below and let's all together grow!



P.s If I'm not up to writing anymore this week. I won't. I have to take care of my own heart and I only want to publish content of value. Hope you guys understand!



Sunday, March 3

The Meaning Of Life According To Hayley Esther Part 2

 Happiness is not a fruitless quest but happiness is so fleeting! 

Sometimes you just have to write for fun, this is one of those posts 



So what then should we be looking for instead? How does this relate to the meaning of life?

Well firstly, this relates to the meaning of life or at least what I believe the meaning of life to be, because  we are all unique and see things differently. What life means for me, may not be what it means for you and that is okay. I don't think there is just one answer to this question we all have thought about at some point.

That said, generally speaking we all tend to agree that the meaning of life is caught up in what you do and who you do life with, be that other people or a higher power or even yourself. As previously stated we are relational beings. We need each other, which is why loneliness can be one of the worst emotions a human experiences. 

Even if someone were to copy someone else, it would still not be identical. You may think what you have to offer is so small it won't be missed if you don't but that is just flat wrong, you are beautiful even if you don't believe it and you do have something to offer to this world.  Don't write yourself off just yet, you're still here, so you still have time. do something amazing because you can and remember unique is beautiful. 

So maybe your thinking maybe just maybe I might be right but you have no idea how to start on this whole contributing something to the world thing I was on about last post. If that's you then let me just say the answer is far more simple then you may think and in actual fact, if you do this you may well find happiness accidentally. 

This my friend, is the purpose of this blog, so I invite you to come join me on this journey, and learn to love from an unconditional place that still stands for truth, hope, joy and kindness.To chase fulfilment rather than happines and learn the art of becoming the masterpiece! 


You in? 




The Meaning Of Life According To Hayley Esther Part 2

 Happiness is not a fruitless quest but happiness is so fleeting! 

Sometimes you just have to write for fun, this is one of those posts 



So what then should we be looking for instead? How does this relate to the meaning of life?

Well firstly, this relates to the meaning of life or at least what I believe the meaning of life to be, because  we are all unique and see things differently. What life means for me, may not be what it means for you and that is okay. I don't think there is just one answer to this question we all have thought about at some point.

That said, generally speaking we all tend to agree that the meaning of life is caught up in what you do and who you do life with, be that other people or a higher power or even yourself. As previously stated we are relational beings. We need each other, which is why loneliness can be one of the worst emotions a human experiences. 

Even if someone were to copy someone else, it would still not be identical. You may think what you have to offer is so small it won't be missed if you don't but that is just flat wrong, you are beautiful even if you don't believe it and you do have something to offer to this world.  Don't write yourself off just yet, you're still here, so you still have time. do something amazing because you can and remember unique is beautiful. 

So maybe your thinking maybe just maybe I might be right but you have no idea how to start on this whole contributing something to the world thing I was on about last post. If that's you then let me just say the answer is far more simple then you may think and in actual fact, if you do this you may well find happiness accidentally. 

This my friend, is the purpose of this blog, so I invite you to come join me on this journey, and learn to love from an unconditional place that still stands for truth, hope, joy and kindness.To chase fulfilment rather than happines and learn the art of becoming the masterpiece! 


You in? 




Saturday, March 2

The Meaning Of Life According To Hayley Esther Part 1



Right, let's kick of with a nice easy topic shall we?

I joke, I joke.

I'm not claiming to know everything, but here's my take on the whole business of what this thing called life is really all about.

Quick note, this is a re-write. I did not like the way I had this presented way back in 2014 so I hope this simpler explanation serves you better!

The pursuit of happiness is something people from all walks of life, all over the world are longing to find the answer to. Some people even believe that happiness and the meaning of life are the same thing. I disagree with this because happiness is fleeting, once you find it, it never stays, just like a butterfly resting on the leaf of a flower for just a moment, blink and it's gone, so it is with happiness. There are so many contributing factors to being happy but to me it seems like a waste of effort when the object of this pursuit is so fragile.

The pursuit to find the meaning of life however, is much more valuable and the crazy thing is, when you find the meaning of life, or at-least what life means for you, you find yourself happy more of the time. I believe that joy is much better then happiness and yes there is a difference, but that is for a later post so I'll leave it there.

The point is the meaning of life is not to simply just be happy as so many films, books and songs would have us believe. 

THERE IS MORE TO LIFE AND THERE IS MORE TO YOU

It's about finding fulfilment and learning what it means to make joy your lifestlye and love your agenda. Then, put it in your work and share it with the world, so that our collaborative efforts of art as humans, can become a masterpiece.

If you are interested, I'm planning to put up a resorce list that has helped me to live inspired and a joy-filled life. Let me know if this is something you want either below or over on social media!

The next part of this post will be up shortly.


The Meaning Of Life According To Hayley Esther Part 1



Right, let's kick of with a nice easy topic shall we?

I joke, I joke.

I'm not claiming to know everything, but here's my take on the whole business of what this thing called life is really all about.

Quick note, this is a re-write. I did not like the way I had this presented way back in 2014 so I hope this simpler explanation serves you better!

The pursuit of happiness is something people from all walks of life, all over the world are longing to find the answer to. Some people even believe that happiness and the meaning of life are the same thing. I disagree with this because happiness is fleeting, once you find it, it never stays, just like a butterfly resting on the leaf of a flower for just a moment, blink and it's gone, so it is with happiness. There are so many contributing factors to being happy but to me it seems like a waste of effort when the object of this pursuit is so fragile.

The pursuit to find the meaning of life however, is much more valuable and the crazy thing is, when you find the meaning of life, or at-least what life means for you, you find yourself happy more of the time. I believe that joy is much better then happiness and yes there is a difference, but that is for a later post so I'll leave it there.

The point is the meaning of life is not to simply just be happy as so many films, books and songs would have us believe. 

THERE IS MORE TO LIFE AND THERE IS MORE TO YOU

It's about finding fulfilment and learning what it means to make joy your lifestlye and love your agenda. Then, put it in your work and share it with the world, so that our collaborative efforts of art as humans, can become a masterpiece.

If you are interested, I'm planning to put up a resorce list that has helped me to live inspired and a joy-filled life. Let me know if this is something you want either below or over on social media!

The next part of this post will be up shortly.


Introducing More To Love March

So recently it came to my attention that it is possible to overload one's articles with too much good  stuff.



Turns out there is such thing as too good for your own good.

I know, crazy right?

Anyways, with that in mind, I feel like much of what I have written on this site over the past decade may have gotten lost in translation. Major fail!

In other words I know I was wayyy to wordy for my own good.

 My intentions were always good, and I have build a nice little following from just being authentic, but the bottom line is I actually DO want to help awesome artists just like you, get better at what you do and get your work out there.

Some changes are needed up in here! Newsletter anyone? (We're working on it)

Before we get to that, this month we are gonna go back over everything I've done today and I am gonna break it down in to little steps so that your time is respected, the point gets made and ultimately we both get what we want.

You get some great content and resources in a bite sized brillientness and I get to actually help you.

Sound good?

Awesome.

This is month long project I am calling More To Love March look out for the hashtag and our various mini projects on all the socials.

Okay that's it for now guys!

Tomorrow we get started!!




P.S Happy St David's Day to all my Welsh Followers!

Introducing More To Love March

So recently it came to my attention that it is possible to overload one's articles with too much good  stuff.



Turns out there is such thing as too good for your own good.

I know, crazy right?

Anyways, with that in mind, I feel like much of what I have written on this site over the past decade may have gotten lost in translation. Major fail!

In other words I know I was wayyy to wordy for my own good.

 My intentions were always good, and I have build a nice little following from just being authentic, but the bottom line is I actually DO want to help awesome artists just like you, get better at what you do and get your work out there.

Some changes are needed up in here! Newsletter anyone? (We're working on it)

Before we get to that, this month we are gonna go back over everything I've done today and I am gonna break it down in to little steps so that your time is respected, the point gets made and ultimately we both get what we want.

You get some great content and resources in a bite sized brillientness and I get to actually help you.

Sound good?

Awesome.

This is month long project I am calling More To Love March look out for the hashtag and our various mini projects on all the socials.

Okay that's it for now guys!

Tomorrow we get started!!




P.S Happy St David's Day to all my Welsh Followers!

Introducing Alterations - The Art Of Change Mangment

Today guy's I'm just going to jump straight into this. It's been a while since I last put a post out and that's purely jus...

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