Links to people, services and products that I use and recommend.
Katya Willems – an Instagram Trainer and Creative Facilitator, Katya lives and breathes all things Instagram. She works with businesses helping them bring their personality and uniqueness to their Instagram feed.
Helen Redfern – as well as her social media posts about writing, her YouTube videos talking about planning, notebooks and her fiction and non-fiction projects, Helen offers 1:1 mentoring via her Patreon account.
Nik Davis – Nik talks about showing up as our true selves and finding our voice. She supports individuals with discovery sessions and acts as a sounding board to get clear on ideas and how to put those out into the world.
Josephine Brooks – specialising in working with side hustling creatives, Josephine has an online community, Nurture & Thrive, for creative business owners looking for accountability and connections with like-minded people.
Panache Desai – talking about essence and soul signatures, I came across Panache when I first began exploring the Essence Map. Panache writes and talks about being enough, and being who we are meant to be.
Satya Colombo – I’ve followed Satya’s work for a long time. He teaches how to connect with your source, heal, and spark the fire of your soul, all themes that are important to me too.
Francis Briers – I think I was drawn to Wise Fool School, an online course and community, because it is, as Francis says, about the Path of the Wise Fool. This resonates, for me, as an element of the Hero’s Journey.
Hosting – I use SiteGround and have done for over 5 years. Easy to use and with a standard Control Panel, I use the mid range package and host multiple domains and email addresses.
Domain Names – for simplicity, I buy all my domains through GoDaddy. I then add these on to my hosting.
Website – I’ve used WordPress for a long time and like the flexibility and scalability of it. I’ve been building websites for over 25 years – before WordPress it was HTML!
Photo editing – I like my images and photos to be consistent so resize them using Canva. I also make thumbnails for my podcast in Canva.
Photographs – although I take photographs, sometimes I need something different and love the images I find on Unsplash.
Flodesk – I’ve recently migrated across to Flodesk as I wanted to set up workflow and use segmenting again and fancied trying something different. Flodesk is very intuitive to use and simple to set up, especially if you need a bit more functionality.
Substack – I’ve previously written my newsletters in Substack. I like the pared down interface and the simple design. It’s free to use.
MailChimp – I’ve also used MailChimp for a long time and extensively. It does have more functionality than Substack including segmenting which is very handy. The free option on MailChimp would be perfect if you’re just getting started with your newsletter.
Bear – similar to Evernote, I migrated to Bear as I liked the overall look and feel, the pared down screen and the fun name! Monthly subscription is also less than Evernote. A great tool for writing, keeping and organising notes, saving articles from website, and tracking projects.
Butleroy – this is a new addition to my productivity toolkit. One of the challenges I find with many apps is the lack of integration. Butleroy makes it possible to join together a number of different apps, including Google Calendar and Tasks, Microsoft To Do, Trello, Todoist, and see them in one place.
Asana – I use Asana for my annual project plan. I find it useful as it gives me an overview of my year as well as a focus on what’s coming up next.
Trello – this is an old favourite. The kanban style boards lend themselves to my visual style and I’m keeping track of the detail for my forthcoming projects.
CocoonWeaver – a voice memo app, this comes in handy for logging ideas as they pop into my head. I keep better track of moments of inspiration.
Gmail – Gmail works for me. I use the web interface and have a number of different email accounts filtering into the one Inbox. I like added functionality such as the multiple inboxes which I use to organise incoming emails, and the scheduling function.
Google Calendar – I have multiple calendars for personal, home, work etc. I use the Reminders option a lot for ad hoc tasks that need to be done that day, and the Tasks option reminds me of birthdays and recurring events.
Voxer – this is a new addition but I love the potential, especially as a business tool. A walkie talkie app, it’s a great way to share voice messages with someone else.
Photo Club – a community of creatives who love photography.
Lost in the Light – an online beginner photography course to help you take images that speak in your voice and with a strong individual style.
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