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 at last!

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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


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

a PicMonkey Collage

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?  


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




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



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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    • What Jane Did Next… September 30, 2015
      Dear friends, it’s another beautiful, no a stunning morning here. I have some time to myself and as usual a lot of things I want to do with that time, starting here with this post. As you know I’ve been in the horrors lately, life has been tough to say the least. And as you […]
    • FB Group For Bootcamp Participants is NOW OPEN! September 24, 2015
      You should be writing… or painting… you should be creating… There’s still time to discover new territory this year, a new side of you? A side you’ve always known is there, even if it is buried deep, the real you… What have you yet to learn about yourself? What have you got to lose? Do […]
    • 10 Tips to Get Ready for Bootcamp – One Whole Month of Creating… September 22, 2015
      Oh god… it’s almost time for Bootcamp!!! That’s right folks, October is fast approaching. If you’ve signed up for my FREE October Creativity Bootcamp you’ll be needing to take some steps to make sure you get the most from the month. Only first, if you are scared I want to say it’s ok, and don’t worry, […]
    • The Weekend September 21, 2015
      Monday again. Monday’s don’t bother me anymore because I’m at home and the things that drive me crazy happen everday, routine, schedules… the dishwasher. If anything I love Monday’s in the same way I love mornings, and January. Fresh starts, new beginnings, and the smell of possibility… Speaking of fresh starts, I have to say […]
    • ‘Before the World was Made…’ September 20, 2015
      “If I make the lashes dark And the eyes more bright And the lips more scarlet, Or ask if all be right From mirror after mirror, No vanity’s displayed: I’m looking for the face I had Before the world was made. What if I look upon a man As though on my beloved, And my […]
    • It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times… September 18, 2015
      Dear friends, it was my birthday yesterday, I was 42, it was our middle girls birthday too, she was 7 god help her. I wanted to write about being this age because the truth is I love it, and we don’t yet hear enough about the wonders of, so far, my favourite decade. I wanted […]
    • That Curious Love of Red – Seasonal Recipe, Seasonal Dress… September 12, 2015
      Today, I’ve a curious love of red. It’s an autumn thing. I’m wearing… a pale pink coat from M&S, faux fur stole from River Island (it was wintry this morning, but it didn’t last) vintage dark green velvet skirt, red top and tights from Penney’s and maroon t-bar sandals from Zara (all past seasons)  One […]
    • Colm & Lisa’s Magical Wedding in Malta September 10, 2015
      Get ready… for the most epic, the most photo laden post ever. It’s the beautiful wedding of brother Colm and Lisa, on the 3rd of September 2015, in magical Malta… Here’s the stunning bride Lisa with her beautiful bridesmaids, from L to R, her best friend Aine and sisters Leanne, and just out of sight […]
    • September Morning (Poem) September 9, 2015
      ‘Begin here, September morning, The family’s at work and school. It is strange and good to be alone. There isn’t a sound here, not a sound, not even the cat. I already walked him to his food, he likes me to do that. Now he’s out there somewhere in the mist and long grass. I’ve […]
    • Distance September 7, 2015
      Jane… Jane could no more contain the fire in her brain, the monstrous pain for nights forced her out of her body, to hover formless in the lane. In vain she tried to find herself, remind herself, come home again, but the pain crashed through her in endless waves, a hurricane. She went higher, further, […]
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