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Welcome to Plan • Create • Succeed


“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
(W.H. Murray, often attributed to Goethe.)

Welcome to Plan • Create • Succeed!

In 1993 a brown cardboard box arrived at my office and was opened by the post room staff. The clerk was concerned that the box was not the usual bundle of legal documents but a plastic box with switches and wires and carried it at arms length to my office.  She was no less confused or wary when I explained it was an external modem and that I had read about a new thing called The Internet.

At the time, I only knew one other person with an email address. The large solicitors firm for which I worked had one computer, linked only to itself and which generated more heat and noise than data.  It would be another year before Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.

The internet has become a little more popular since then.  By the end of 2011 there were 70 million blogs on WordPress alone never mind the other platforms

So why am I launching yet another one?

Because I have a passion.

I want to help people to believe that they can set lofty goals, in work, in art, in life and then help them reach those goals. I want to help people to be confident  and equipped with skills to succeed. I want to help people form their own definition of success and to achieve it. I want to help people to find time for the joy of creation.

I particularly want to help people do that who are

  •         transitioning from having a hobby to being serious about their art
  •         building professional careers either in the art world or other fields
  •         seeking work / life balance
  •         seeking confidence to find their role and and purpose in life.

because those are areas in which I have experience to pass on ( see the about page for details)  and in which I know I will need to continue to learn and develop myself. I have reached the top of my legal profession but I am learning how to apply the same skills and facing new challenges in my developing art career.  If I am going to be getting new information and wisdom from my research, then I want to pass that on.

It makes me sad when I speak to people who assume they do not have the talent to create or the skills to succeed. 

It makes me happy when I see people achieving on their own terms.

It makes me excited when I can talk about quilts and stationery and self development books and all the other things I love.

It also makes me afraid to start this blog.

What if no one reads what I write?

Worse, what if people read and think I am a pompous, boring windbag?

What if I run out of meaningful things to say? What if , what if, what if?


Fear is a big, ugly monster that gobbles up all your dreams and potential. Even as  it munches your best life up it talks with its mouth full and tells you to take the easy road.

“Sit on your sofa,” it growls, spitting bits of your hopes back at you. ” Sit on your sofa and watch Big Brother and take no risks and nothing bad will happen.

And it is absolutely right.

But nothing good will happen either.

So I am starting with boldness and asking, what if…

What if I can say one thing that helps one other person?

What if I can start a community where that other person can help a second one?

What if I can make a difference?

The blog will start with the following features:

  • article posts every Thursday, dealing with both serious and plain fun topics relating to Planning, Creating and Succeding.
  • Design Monthly feature on the first Monday of each month
  • Create Food feature on the second Monday of each month
  • A Journalling post on the third Monday of each month
  • A Guest Post on the fourth Monday of each month
  • Salon Sunday,a regular community feature called  where you are encouraged to come on over, discuss the topic of the week and comment on any topic relevant to Planning Creating and Succeeding.

You can participate in slaying the Big Fear Monster for me by subscribing by email or RSS feed, but particularly by commenting and contributing your views and experiences.

If you have ideas for posts or features please let me know.

And for today tell me, has the Big Fear Monster paid you a visit recently? What did you / will you  start anyway?

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beth Kaukl #

    I am looking forward to future articles.

    I have always been interested in craft; especially knitting and sewing (primarily garment and sewing design). My formal education is in medicine, not design, and I have never felt that I was talented or knowledgable enough about my craft …. In addition, although I love my hobby, I always found excuses: I am tired. I will browse the internet for 30 more minutes. I will work on that project tomorrow. I finally wanted to make myself accountable, and so I also started a blog. I now realize that if I want to do this successfully and sustainably I need to have a strategy/plan.

    November 1, 2012
    • Helen #

      Hi Beth, thanks for being my first commenter! What is your website?

      November 1, 2012
  2. Meg #

    Good luck with this.I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops.

    November 1, 2012
  3. Gwyned Trefethen #

    You got my attention. I plan to follow and join in.

    November 1, 2012
  4. Alison Reeves #

    Helen, this is just ‘up my street’, I can’t wait to see your future posts and to contribute where possible. I am trying to build my business, make time for family commitments, and find time for some creative work. I love knitting, cross stitch and other sewing projects, and my new love Quilting which I have started this year. It will be a real treat to interact with others with similar interests.

    November 1, 2012
  5. Alicia Merrett #

    Very interesting. I will keep an eye on how it develops.

    November 1, 2012
  6. Hooray, Helen! All of this is simply fantastic and I am so eager to grow, learn, create, develop and experience along with you!

    November 1, 2012
  7. I can identify.

    November 1, 2012
  8. KSW #

    Fantastic blog. I will be sure to follow you!

    November 1, 2012
  9. Looks great, so subscribed!

    November 1, 2012
  10. Joining in to welcome you to blog land! I’ve subscribed and look forward to future posts.

    All the best!

    November 1, 2012
  11. Katie #

    I have sub’d. looking forward to reading your blog as the what if question has always stopped me. never good enough always in fear of failure. i am attempting going with the grain and seeing what the out come will be in stead of sitting idle while all my wants pass me by. you came along at the right time in my life and hope to spend more time together, in that blogger reader kinda relationship, lol anyway glad you started this blog hope to see what your other blogs are about as well thank you

    November 1, 2012
  12. Amy #

    Hi Helen! Your first post really struck a chord in me. I am a terrible “what if” person and hope to break this horrible habit. I am looking forward to your future posts!!!

    November 2, 2012

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