Want to know what really goes on behind the scenes of redesigning a website? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Little bursts of work between blowing a little person’s nose. An adequate amount of swearing. Boredom. Procrastination. Wishing I could hire one of you brilliant copywriters and webdesigners out there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There was no downloading of insight during meditation or pulling an all-nighter in the obligatory messy bun and yoga pants uniform. Sleep is too precious a currency to trade at the moment. Unsexy but true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an ideal world I would have it all done at once and planned a launch. But if I do that, I may have to wait another decade before my site goes live. All I have is small pockets of time and energy. So today it is a home page. And it’s a start. And it’s worth celebrating. The next pages will follow in time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s to imperfect progress and tiny steps forward because that’s what creative dreams are really made of.
Hey Instagram 👋 I’m back from the dead. I got over the flu and thought I’d pop my head in here for a quick intro / excuse to procrastinate on revamping my website. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m Marie, made in France and currently living in Cape Town at the bottom of the African continent. I’d normally brag about the weather but it’s Winter now, which means it’s cold and rainy 🌧 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m a creative coach for rebellious souls, and I wholeheartedly believe artists and creatives can change the world around them through their work (even if they don’t quite believe it yet). So that’s why I feel my work is important, because when you nurture a creative life that lights you up, it sparks all kinds of good things around you, which makes the world a better place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m a musician, I write and occasionally play with ink and paint, and I make really good (and surprisingly eclectic) playlists. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been recently converted to @beyonce (please don’t tell my big brother) and I now start my day with a solo dance party to channel my inner Queen Bey 🐝 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’d love to meet fellow French artist, writer and podcaster @garancedore so that we become more than imaginary friends (apparently I’m too old for those...) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are some of your quirks? 👇
Guess I’ll just sit here until Spring comes back... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On the bright side, rainy weather in the company of Sarah Vaughan’s voice make for beautiful copywriting days.
🎧 ✨New podcast episode available with self-doubt researcher and coach extraordinaire @saspetherick 🙌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are people who land into your life almost by accident, and literally change your life. Sas is one of these people and one of my favourite humans. Meeting her in Bristol was incredibly special. This conversation is infused with her warm, generous personality and packed with so much wisdom! I absolutely love her approach to coaching and life in general, and I am so lucky to have been under her guidance as I venture onto this path too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Go listen now at https://mariekenny.com/podcast3 or where you get your podcasts! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #aVoiceofOnesOwn 📸 @katrinabartlam
It was a long weekend here in South Africa so we went on a mini getaway to Hermanus hoping to see some whales who migrate from icy Antarctica to warmer shores during our Winter. Turns out it was waaay too early for those. And apparently I’m an eternal optimist since I once again packed a book in the hope of getting some quiet reading time. 😆 Louis had other plans for us. Taking it easy on his sick mom was not one of them. I did manage to snatch 10 minutes of alone time watching the waves while he looked for crabs though. And that fills me up like absolutely nothing else.
“- I think we need to sit still for a bit, and stop trying so hard. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Mmm no that sounds like a terrible idea, let’s keep going/writing/backspacing/rewriting and let’s keep 134 tabs open at all times, we could be missing something! Also, we’re out of tile cleaner.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is an actual conversation between my gut and my brain, this afternoon, while writing copy for my website. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The gut’s obviously onto something, but you can’t erase a lifetime of relying on your brain that easily. I recently wrote about a different way of working, more in sync with my internal rhythm, etc. And yet this still happens. And it comes with a super size serving of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Change is hard. Old habits are more stubborn than gouache stains and I guess the only thing I’m trying to say here is to be easy on yourself as you try new things. Any type of change or experiment has its set backs. What’s important is to keep trying gently and consistently. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On the bright side, I remembered to buy tile cleaner. Thank you brain.