Mandy Nicholson

The Creative Genius Corner

Lessons, musings and advice from the author of ‘The Life I Won’

The Healing Power of Creativity.

It was Thursday and I had to take my son to college, shop, make food for my retreats, write 3 newsletters and this blog! I was under pressure for time and feeling anxious. My response to this was to go and paint a mural in the Van Gogh bedroom! My...

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The Connection Between Creativity And Fatigue.

Creative flow is a wonderful place to be, in fact, scientists have recently revealed that it is one of the most addictive states a human being can experience. Any state of addictive high must have a low that follows. If we look at the behaviour of drug and alcohol addicts,...

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Why YOU Are the Best Person for The Job!

As creatives we are good at talking ourselves down, particularly in business. I can almost hear you telling yourself… Who would buy from me? I just don’t have enough people on my social media! I don’t have the confidence to do a livestream. My product isn’t good enough. Nobody would...

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Having A Code And Why It Matters

If you know people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and mental disorders, you will have noticed that they lose interest in their personal appearance, not everyone and not all the time, but there will be days where they just can’t be bothered. How we present ourselves to the world is...

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Jealousy and envy…

You never need to look very hard to find someone who has done what you are doing and seemingly done it better. They are earning more money, have a nicer house, they are skinnier than you, they have a gorgeous partner, big flash car and apparently are winning at life....

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Why Am I Even Bothering?

Why Am I Even Bothering? Have you ever said this to yourself? Do you know how many times I have heard one of my client’s say this over the last couple of years?

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The Legacy Of ‘The Lurkers’

As creative women it has been tough for you to get your business up and running. You have had to battle ‘the naysayers’ and the ‘dream squashers’ and when you are just starting to see some traction in your social media and fabulous online content, ‘the Lurkers’ appear.

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What Do Creative People Dislike The Most?

It’s time for a bit of honesty here, we creatives are hard to live with at times (all the time I hear ex-husband’s shouting)! We can be difficult, opinionated, we challenge the status quo (most of the time), even when it doesn’t need to be challenged. We tend to enjoy...

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Did You Know You Are Deeply Intuitive?

Most creatives have ‘messy minds’ filled with non-stop thoughts and curiosity. Running at 100 miles an hour all the time, their ability to notice every little thing and make connections others cannot is what enables them to be more intuitive than other non-creative humans. If you could see what is...

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Stop Chasing Shiny Objects!

S.O.S. or Shiny Object Syndrome is most definitely a ‘thing’. Many linear thinkers will debate it but what would they know, they don’t suffer with it! Herein lies the problem, just like a million other disbelieved problems for us creative minds, THEY don’t think it’s a thing, so we hide...

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When Setting Goals Feels Like The Last Thing You Want To Do…

We hit the start of a new year, a new relationship, a new job, a new business and feel motivated to do it better this time. Drawing on all our previous experience (failures and successes) the beginning of anything always feels like an opportunity to reinvent and refresh. But how...

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Are you one of the ‘popular’ people?

It starts at school doesn’t it, the cliques of popular kids. The beautiful ones. The sporty ones. The well-off ones. The brainy ones. It continues into college and university, with the cool ones, the clever ones etc...

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Back to basics.

Going back to basics in business is a valuable way to keep yourself on your toes. You can do it anytime, but the start of a new year is a motivational time for us all to delve deep and be objective. Resistance is less prevalent, and we are naturally more...

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The foolish pursuit of perfection.

Perfect is merely a word. If you look in the dictionary it means without fault, having all the required or desirable elements, as good as it is possible to be. This is great when you are creating a car engine because you want it to function perfectly. YOU are NOT...

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The Curse of the Black Feet…

As I walked towards the stairs, I noticed Beau had left what looked like muddy footprints all the way up the stairs. As I helped Jet up, I thought they looked very black for mud. My horror as I reached the top stairwell before the front door was palpable.

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What is your elasticity rating?

I know you are thinking, what the heck is she talking about today, but stay with me, I have a point. I wanted to talk to you about resilience, but in a slightly ‘different than the average bear’ kind of way.

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Strategy is NOT a scary word.

Strategy is one of the most overused words in the online business space currently. The rise in online entrepreneurs has opened a huge market for programs and courses created by experts to help people fill their skill gaps and focus on strategy. This is to be celebrated, however, there are...

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I am…

From birth you are led to believe that life ‘should’ be a certain way. You learn from parents, grandparents, the education system, your peer groups, your workplace and from every shop you enter, transactions you make and transport system you use. We are cocooned by rules, expectations, and opinions from...

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How disciplined are you in your business?

Many of the creative women I come across, and usually end up helping, are the most amazing talented artists who are incredibly disciplined in their craft, but they can be chaotic when it comes to business. They may have been muddling through with no real plan, attending craft fairs and...

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Repeating numbers, passion flowers and bats!

I did a meditation at a meeting, and we were asked to write down what came to us, well I drew this shape that I had seen clear as day while meditating. Next, my daughter sent me a text while I was in the same meeting with a picture of...

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Is fear holding you back?

We have become fearful of change, of stepping outside of what makes us feel safe. Therefore, we are not all living the lives we were born to live. Free from worries and anxiety and filled with abundance. When I say abundance, I don’t just mean just money, I mean love,...

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How to identify personal growth and change.

I believe that we are learning every single day. What sets us apart as human beings is the ability to apply that knowledge and welcome change. We are almost wired to fear change. It makes us uncomfortable; we like life to fit inside the zone of familiarity and routine. Therefore,...

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An economy rooted in fear!

The last few weeks have taught me something that I was completely oblivious to, we are living in a society gripped with fear. ‘Mandy, where have you been?’ I hear you cry. Obviously, I know that on the back of COVID we are on the brink of a mental health...

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My Friend Said I Had To Tell You This!

I was ecstatic when the scaffolding went up and the roofing contractor started work because this was one of the biggest jobs and many other jobs were reliant on it being completed. They started work the second week in July and all was going well. The back of the house...

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Tell The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth.

When was the last time you were 100% truthful in your business AND in your life? How we do anything is how we do everything and there are no ‘half-truths’ just ‘whole lies’. When we lie to ourselves and to others it chips away at our self-confidence and builds fear....

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Why Creativity is a CURSE!

As children most of us will be drawn to creative pursuits and ‘make things.’ Unfortunately, it is discouraged and trained out of us through an education system based on Victorian principles which favours academia. A huge percentage of people forget they have the innate talent and never really use it...

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Will The Real Mandy Nicholson Please Stand Up…

When you are exploring identity, it is truly valuable to have a framework to fit into. I have done loads of personality tests in my time as a leader in ‘corporate land’, I always come out the same, so I know who I am and how to play to my...

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Why Time Is Precious

Most people have a love/hate relationship with time. When we have time to spare, we love to dilly dally and ‘take our time’. We meander through our tasks and don’t worry when there is no time constraint. If there is ‘too much’ time we say that we are bored!

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What it took for me to write my book.

I started to write with no real plan and every chapter felt hard. I had managed about fifteen chapters and my idea was roughly taking shape. Then one day I sat on the sofa next to my laptop and spilled a full mug of coffee over my laptop. My book...

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Four giant steps outside your comfort zone

Outside is scary. Outside makes you feel uncomfortable, uncomforted and exposed. Outside is a place where you might fail or be hurt, so you stay inside protecting yourself and those you love. You pass on your comfort zone to your family and loved ones like a fearful legacy. It’s time...

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Are you holding back your brilliance?

So many women I meet are afraid. I don’t mean scared of the dark or spiders, I mean afraid to be themselves. It is almost like they have been shrunk. Their brilliance dimmed to the point that you need to squint to see it.

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How do you keep your vision crystal clear?

As I write this, I am facing having to move to Scotland with nowhere to live! I have bought an amazing seven bedroomed property as a stepping stone to my castle, but it needs fully renovating so I can’t live in it. I need somewhere to rent and there is...

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Loneliness to leadership.

I face self-esteem and loneliness issues in the women I work with every single day, even when they are surrounded by people. Let’s explore some of the reasons behind why so many feel lonely in a world so connected and how to step into your power...

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Manifesting your perfect life.

I don’t have a magic wand, a huge influential network or the luck of the Irish. I just became an expert at programming! Nope, not computers, I am a complete novice (that was the nice word). What I do understand and always have is the power of thought.

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