I’m very excited this week that my poetry is being exhibited as part of a collaborative artwork with my talented friend and colleague Martyn Royce. The ‘Art of Writing’ exhibition opened on Saturday in the Cornish town of Redruth where it will live for a month before making its way along the south coast back to London. It will then be on display for a further month in Highams Park, North London, where you may be able to join me for a glass of wine and a private viewing.
Mine is a short and simple poem – just 33 words – that Martyn has handpainted across two canvases. Together, we have personified the trauma of passionate love turned to ashes. It depicts two people who once loved each other, but that love is now lost. The breakdown of their relationship is reflected in the finality of the words, written in the most basic language to defy misunderstanding. The sharp colour contrast acts as a metaphor for the polar emotional landscape between a lovelorn woman and man. But who wrote to whom? You can decide.
I’ll let you know when the exhibition reaches London and, if you can come along and view our creativity, that will be fantastic. In the meantime, Martyn’s painting of me caused a bit of a stir on Facebook. It’s called The Juggler – and I am that, for sure! Life, business, emotions, family, creativity, charity, the balls go on. My ability to juggle everything has led to my new Time Management training session. It focuses on achieving more effective use of business time, personalising for each individual a system that’s been proven to work. The next session available to small- and micro-businesses is in November and I can’t wait! I love helping business owners to achieve their goals, so if you fancy sharpening up your business strategy, this is a great place to start.
Something else that made me smile this week was an independent review of my book that appeared on Twitter: “The bright, breezy tone and diary style mean it all flows quite naturally and even when Renée touches on more serious points, it remains a thoroughly entertaining read. An added bonus is that this book also comes with its own eighties-oriented soundtrack! A quick yet engaging book which is bound to raise a few smiles as you read, but which will also get you thinking about your own approach to business and networking – and maybe a few other things too!” Thank you, @ClairOverThere.
I attended a lecture on Pranic energy on Thursday – it’s not woo woo! It reminded me that my daily meditation has lapsed a bit. Well ok, a lot. Alright… completely. We took part in some group meditation, right there in Euston, closing our eyes and filling our bodies with white light. It would have been so peaceful if my friend hadn’t kept giggling. It was very funny. I’ve long since acknowledged the energy we can harness from the environment, so it was awesome to learn about how to target it properly from a Grandmaster and his disciple. Whether you believe that Eastern (and, sometimes mystical) therapies work to keep us healthy and energised – or you don’t – there’s no denying the huge world-wide following that finds comfort and pain relief from its powerful teachings.
With this week’s lecture and the excellent review, I’ve been well and truly motivated to get a move on with my social media book. I’ve challenged myself to publish it by Christmas. (Nice pressie for someone you know?) So I’d better get writing…
‘Just close your eyes, again, until these things get better. You’re never far away, but… we could send letters.’ Still love that. We’re more likely to tweet, so here I am: @WeekendWitch.