In Loving Memory of My Beautiful Friend Jess Ainscough

“I’m going to launch this course called The Lifestyle Transformation Guide”, said my friend Jess. “And I want to make a launch video where I’m jumping out of a plane. I’m terrified of it, but it’s all about facing your fears and doing it anyway, so do you and Susana want to do it with me?”

“Um, ok,” we said.

How could […]

Introducing My Bschool Bonuses 2015

Four years ago a business course quite literally changed my life.

The course I’m talking about, is Marie Forleo’s Bschool. I don’t recommend other people’s programs lightly, but Bschool is the exception. Because it’s a game-changer and Marie is awesome.

I signed up for Marie Forleo’s Bschool in 2011, and every year since I’ve loved sharing it with others, because I’ve seen […]

How to Paint Abstract Paintings

Have you ever looked at an abstract artwork and thought “I could paint that!” Only to get home, pull out some paints to have a go and find it’s more difficult than it first appeared?

This week I’m pulling out the oil paints and giving you a first-hand view of some of the techniques I’ve used over the years to paint […]

How to Express Your Heart in Your Art

Have you ever seen something that’s moved you, or felt something so deeply you just had to express it? You pulled out some paper and paints and tried to capture what you were feeling in a painting.

But, it all went terribly wrong.

Don’t worry. Even professional artists have had this experience.

It’s quite normal and doesn’t mean that you can’t paint.

In this […]

Getting Started with Painting + The Paint Brands I Love to Use

This week is super exciting. I’m finally fulfilling a dream I’ve held dear to my heart for over four years.

It marks the beginning of a new video series called “Q&A with Nicola” where I get to answer YOUR questions about anything from painting and gardening, to business and creative entrepreneurship.

This week’s first question is a perfect one to kick off […]

Want to Move to the Country?

Last week I got a shock.

My friend Dee Humphreys called to say that she and her lovely hubby (Ian) are selling their incredible Permaculture property on 10 acres in Kin Kin, Queensland.

Yes, it’s true.

I could hardly believe it when she told me, but as anyone who knows them will testify, when Dee and Ian decide to do something, they jump […]

Let’s Forget Stuff All the Time…. Or, “How to Have a Ball Even When Things Aren’t Perfect”

We’re camping in the van and have just pulled up for our first night cooking dinner using supplies I packed. Or didn’t pack. As it turns out. I’m a little testy. Getting slightly more agitated with every request for stocking up our camp kitchen on the picnic table… No, we don’t have an egg flip. Or a knife. No, we […]

A Year to Remember: Serendipity, Studios, Sweethearts & Social Media

Andrew and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary the other week. And what a year it’s been! To celebrate our milestone we went back to the restaurant where Andrew took me for our first ‘proper’ date, and where he proposed two months later.

It reminded me how on the night of our engagement, after I said ‘yes’ the entire restaurant had […]

11 Fun Organic Food Plants You Can Grow in Pots

Unless you’ve been exposed to a flourishing potted garden, you possibly don’t know the scope of plants it’s possible to grow in containers. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to see and create some diverse and very productive potted gardens so I thought it would be fun to share with you some ideas of the yummy fruits (yes fruits!) and […]

Why Are They Criticising Me?

Responses to the Painting & Creativity questionnaire I put out last week were so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your stories, experiences and ideas with me.

Something I noticed from the replies, was so many people have been hurt by teachers, mentors, parents. Who didn’t nurture their creative spirit. Who didn’t canoodle their fledgling beginnings and explorations. And funny enough, that’s […]