ABOUT ME

Welcome to my World…

Step inside a feast of good living to a world of creative richness and expression, writing, art, free thinking, family, food, decadence, glamour & more…

In need of encouragement and inspiration for your own life and creativity? Find it here, along with thoughts. insights and tips on everything from writing process to how to live in the world. Expect honesty, humour, passion and no apologies. We’re on fire here.

Since starting this blog in 2012 I’ve been on an intensive creative and spiritual journey. I started painting and I’ve written a novel, I even learned to drive.

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Jane is my name, I live in Co Leitrim, North West Ireland, very rural, wild and green, with my husband and our children Shaylyn, Saoirse & Sadhbh.

We grow some of our own food and have just started permaculture. This year we planted 60 native trees in our front garden…

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Passionate about nature and sustainable living we love good food, wine, cooking and throwing parties at home for no reason.

I’m not into waiting, I’m for living and being true to yourself. I wear the ‘good’ clothes and use the ‘good’ china, crystal for picnics and candlesticks for pizza. I like to do things my own way and have a deep dislike of rules, conservatism and ‘supposed to’s.’

It’s true living in the country can be death, just not the way I do it.

I’m interested in peoples happiness, evolution, art, and being a good human. I’m interested in how we make the world a better place. I believe we are all one.

I appreciate the little things but like big thinkers, doers and dreamers. I believe we’re all creative with unlimited potential. I believe it’s our duty to grow, change and be always learning, to love ourselves so we can love and put more love in the world. I want to be part of that conversation. 

‘Start your own revolution, cut out the middle man.’ Billy Bragg

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Here in Leitrim we designed and built our happy home, a romantic tall flowers, red windows and two chimneys dream.

The house is a muse, it inspires me. I love decorating, vignetting, photographing and sketching it. I spend a LOT of time here so it’s a good thing that I love it…

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I spend lots of time outdoors too… We’ve a one acre garden and small farm on the Sliabh an Iarainn mountain.

‘But always to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and prophyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.’ Edna Ferber

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For a while, after I had my children, I lost myself, there are so many ways to lose yourself, this and related ill-health was mine.

I was always a writer, an artist in my soul. I knew it but I wasn’t really doing anything conscious with it like ‘actual’ writing. I’d been writing for work, my background is Public Relations, Community Development, Peace & Reconciliation plus Project & Arts Management, but not ‘creatively’ since my school days.

So what changed? What enabled me to make the move to conscious creation, to ‘actual’ writing every day, to blogging and painting, to writing a novel? All within two years?

Creativity saved me. At 41 I can say these past few years since starting the blog have been some of the happiest, strongest and most fulfilled of my life. 

‘Beware; I am fearless and therefore powerful.’ Mary Shelley

Now I’m a writer because a writer writes and that’s what I do! One day soon I’ll be an author and that’s going to be wonderful but what I know is being the writer’s the important part. I know that because I would do it regardless. I would give it all my hours. I dream of that. What do you dream of?  

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I started this blog to explore my creativity, because I was ready for healing and change in my life. I wanted an adventure and to see where it would lead me.  I hoped it might lead me to writing that novel I knew I had in me.

Best – decision – ever!!!

So that’s a snapshot of me and my big juicy life here in Leitrim. I hope these pages will help you embrace your own passions or keep you company as you travel your own path.

xo Jane, Writer & Inspirer.

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Some of Your Letters…

Hi Jane,
Met you briefly at the organic centre a few months ago and have been following your blog ever since. I love your random dips into fashion, culture, food, education and society- its benefits and ills. Some days you make me laugh, others I smile or even cry. Anyway, I saw the following piece elsewhere yesterday and thought of you. It’s what I love most about your blog – your CREATIVITY – Hope you like it. Thanks for the elements of grace and beauty you bring to everyday life… it reminds me to LIVE life. Marian x

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Just had to drop you a line. I have been following you for a bit now and the images, quotes, poems, etc you post never fail to bring a smile to my face. Thank you for sending out kindness and beauty. It’s appreciated. Elizabeth

 

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Dear Jane, Keep up the fab work.Without wanting to sound like a fruit cake you have inspired me. I have taken out my old box of watercolours, and promised the kids we will paint this evening. I used to be creative but bar cooking have forgotten that side of me. Aisling.

Dear Jane adore your blog, the poetry and images the food and shopping lists can so relate.. Think you create a very special presence and the whole tone and depth of your postings is so very beautiful and meaningful..and utterly smart and not at all flimsy, fluffy or wishy washy. I applaud what you do your courage and intellect. From another sensitive, witchy fearsome do absolutely her own thing always soul. Just wanted to show you support and urge you on, for you to know what you do is very special wonderful work, with kindest regards Maria..

 

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    • Celebrations August 28, 2015
      Dear friends, my eldest daughter and I are off to Malta on Monday for my brothers wedding. Looking out at the rain and grey here it is hard to imagine but I’m really looking forward to it and have decided to take a blog break until I return.  If you don’t follow me on FB […]
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    • How to Keep a Journal August 28, 2015
      Morning all. I want to talk about keeping a journal. I’ve already tried and failed a few times because it makes me so sad!!! Waah!!! Seems I can’t talk about this subject and what it means in my life now without feeling seven years old, or ten, or fourteen again and I feel sad for the […]
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    • Elegant Lunch for Two August 24, 2015
      It was my sister Martha’s birthday a few days ago and to celebrate I threw a special lunch for just us two. On the menu… Halloumi & Avocado Salad + Blue Cheese, Walnut & Pear Salad + Toasted Bread Salad Halloumi & Avocado Salad – A match made in food heaven. Simply pile slivers of […]
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    • The Fall (A Poem) August 23, 2015
      The air changed first, then came the feeling known to every living thing, the change in season. And from that moment, no matter how the garden grew or hot the sun shone it was autumn. Summer gone and with it energy and freshness, no more the symphony of long grass but of insects. The bright […]
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    • 13 Tips for Blogging Success August 19, 2015
      With a background in pr, three years of blogging, a novel written, and almost 10,000 followers, I thought it was time I shared my tips for blogging success. So make the tea and here we go now… 1. The Perfect Blog would…(fill in the blank) What interests you? What inspires you? What is your vision […]
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    • The ‘Good Conversation’ Recipe August 17, 2015
      Afternoon all, Monday again in the fastest year of my life. That’s how it feels. Is it because I’m the oldest I’ve ever been? I don’t know!!! So anyway I’m here, thinking away, and I know I haven’t told you I’m in love with this guy Jason Silva, do you know him? From his website…’Jason Silva […]
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    • How to Write a Book – The Advice I Needed Starting My Book – Creativity Bootcamp #1 August 3, 2015
      Good morning dear friends. Today I’m sharing the wisdom I needed before and on starting my book. If I’d had this in writing back then I’d have clung to it, read it to shreds, used it to reassure and to guide me. I couldn’t be happier to pass it on now. I hope if you […]
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    • Tea August 2, 2015
      Picking chamomile flowers for tea because that’s how we roll… Busy, busy, into the teapot they go, ready to party, got mammy’s nice cups and our bows… Saoirse, do you know something? This tea is horrible!!! I know!!! It was fun though… To make this tea we picked a handful of the fresh chamomile flowers […]
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    • Brace Yourselves – It’s A (late) Mid-Year Catch Up August 1, 2015
      So much has happened and time goes so fast. It has been a strange year so far, full of great and alarming things. Some I can’t talk about yet, these I can. First… I’ve been published this week on a major site/online magazine ‘Rebelle Society’ with the ‘Full of Myself’ poem. I am thrilled about […]
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    • To Live In A Wild Place – New Flash Fiction Story July 30, 2015
      She’d had this dream to live in a wild place. When had it started she wondered? It hadn’t always been like this. When she was young she had wanted different things, money, career, to be anywhere but here. To be somewhere with a pulse, where things happened, not buried, drowning in the dregs of another […]
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