I’m Val Andrews – orchid-lover, artist and author of books about creativity. Passionately interested in the creative process, I’ve published 4 books on the topic, all available on Amazon and various other online platforms.
Books about creativity
My books help people find new sources of inspiration, navigate their own creative process and see their creative projects through to completion. They have been enjoyed by novice creatives and experienced creatives alike. See my Amazon Author Page for more details. Visual travelogues can be found on my Blurb Books Profile.
I offer one-to-one creativity coaching, drawing upon my extensive background as a leadership development coach in the health and social care sectors. My coaching style is goal-oriented and solution-focused but with lots of scope for exploring emerging ideas. Feel free to check out the Coaching page on this website.
My return to creativity
Like most people, I was highly creative as a child, free of the inner critic that flourishes in the adult mind. I used my creativity to express myself, to entertain myself and sometimes to avoid dealing with things I didn’t want to do (like sports!)
I was still using my creativity in these ways well into my teen years, but I stopped very suddenly when life got complicated. It wasn’t until I’d established myself in a ‘sensible career’ many years later, that I realised something was missing, and it took me a while to figure out what it was.
This creative awakening felt like a restlessness, and a need to express myself in a different way, but I didn’t know how or where to start. After much trial and error (and time-wasting!) I eventually found my way to a creativity coach, and that was the key. I walked through the door and never looked back.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Where are you, on your creative journey? Can you tell? Is there something extra you want to explore but you’re not sure what or how? I have some suggestions for you –
Start to make notes in your journal, doodle, dance, play a musical instrument. Starting at some place, any place, is better than not starting at all.
Care for yourself through your diet, exercise, rest and time out to replenish the creative well and dream big. It all helps to unlock your creativity and get you moving down the path of creative joy and satisfaction.
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