How to face uncertainty and move with fear. Looking at ‘Circle of influence and concern’ theory with Katie Abey

Katie Abey is an illustrator, she has a successful empire, spreading shear joy for others ‘creating positive things for other proud weirdos’ 

Using her adorable fun characters and empowering messages through her books, fashion such as cute fun skirts, T’s, Pins, funny cards, and mugs, she has a cup of kindness mug which is just literally happiness in a cup

I say empire because not only has Katie and her gorgeous husband Jeff got a successful online store, they have a brick and mortar shop too, running a team of people plus Katie illustrate books, all the while being true to herself and sharing her vulnerability, and growth through her business and products.

I asked Katie to chat about how important mindset is as a Creative and I asked her to talk about the Circle of influence and concern theory which is a habit we can all do and keep to each week to feel more in control.

Katie’s Take aways-

1.Don’t be afraid to try lots of things with your business and see what works.

2.Different income streams helps relieve stress around money.

3.You can be confident and introverted!

4.Watch how busy you are and if it’s a regular unhealthy pattern to afford feeling things.

5.Work out and only concentrate on what you do have control over.

6.Protect your energy!

7.You can learn how to Use your bad day to help others through your art. This action can help you no end.

8.Learn and try to change your perception of a situation.

9.Talking about mental health makes it a friend rather than a beast and you will feel empowered. Bring it out into the light!

10.Showing your vulnerability helps others.

11.Shine your own weird light!

12.We are a work in progress, we are never finished!

You can find all of Katie’s gorgeous products on Etsy

They also offer a gorgeous box of happiness with lots of her products packed inside and sent out to your loved one or of course if you’re like me you’ll have ordered one for yourself too!

Books –

7 Habits of highly effective people with Stephen R Covey

Alan watts – become what You are

Podcast -Oprah Winfrey – Supersouls Sunday’s

How to make it as a designer aged 18 without a degree with Karl Bradshaw

Karl Bradshaw was just 18 when he was brave enough to approach a huge international design studio, which landed him his first full time design job!

He’s since designed for Uk Greetings Disney Team, Clinton’s, Sainsbury’s and now Card Factory.

Karl’s also had designs sold in Primark, Toys R Us and a full license gifting and stationary range in Saudi Arabia!

Karl designed the first famous LGBT cards on the U.K high Street for Card factory which is year on year praised across the media by customers (err of course!)   

Karl goes deep and shares with us what it was like ‘coming out’ to his parents and in his work place, stepping into his true authentic self and what that meant for his creative journey too.

There’s also something else Karl’s been involved in I want to mention, he’s designed for Card factory the world’s largest thank you card for the NHS!


Karls book recommendation – The daily Stoic







How to become a successful children’s book illustrator with Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward (GingerBred)shares her valuable experience of how to pivot into a new design market, the world of Children’s Books.

Sarah’s been a successful illustrator for over 15 years, but even with an impressive portfolio of designs published for Hallmark, Ukgreetings, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Clinton’s, Pigment, Partisan Products & Philips AVENT to name a few, Sarah still felt nervous approaching a new industry. Sarah shares with us the steps she took to become a successful children’s book illustrator.

Sarah’s Takeaways:

1.If you’re giving up your day job or trying pivot, take a part time job or job that’s not too taxing so you can transition as smoothly as possible.

2. Say yes to work that isn’t quite what you’re after as you just don’t know what else is on offer there.

3 Try to have a creative support network, this can be virtual or a meet up. It’s important to be with like minded people.

4. Having different styles is good! Don’t be told otherwise!

5.If there’s a part of your business you’re struggling with, it’s ok to outsource!

6. If you’re pitching to a new industry, send a variety of styles tailored to this market.

7. Do your research with book agencies to see if your style would fit.

8. Self doubt is normal!

9. Keep your brain free for your bigger creative goal!


How to change your life to one that’s more aligned in mind, body & spirit with Kim Flodin

Kim is a healer, Reiki but also a colouring book healing coach.

Kim has been through so much in her years, she had asthma since a toddler, having 3 inhalers a day. She also had a huge 5 hour operation for endometriosis finding a huge tumour, a few years later aged 40, Kim had an extreme case of bacterial phenomena, she was hospitalised and off work for months.

This was all nearly 20 years ago and she hasn’t had a single pill inhaler or any medication since!

Kim’s drastically changed her fast lane high powered life to one that’s calm and centred and free from medication for extreme life long asthma & allergies! Kim has aligned her health in body, mind and spirit and she started that through art with her own healing journey and created a colouring book business when it all was so new!

She now amongst reiki healing, teaches how to fall in love with yourself and a big one, how to say no!

Kim just took the next step at the time when she had no idea if it was right, trusting the process, she had literally nothing at one point, in a new state no where near family, she had to start over with no idea what to do!  Kim just knew colouring was helping her for that moment, that minute that day, not thinking too big, just what felt good at that time. Listening to her inner thoughts, intuition, and her gut, what felt good and nourishing!

Kim’s Takeaways

1.Seeking counselling or any professional help is another form of being healthy and growing

2.Listen to your inner body it, your gut doesn’t lie. 

3.Colouring books are great for healing you don’t you don’t have to overthink it! It’s just for you!

4.You just need to know the next step

5.Fall in love with yourself, your body and health will thank you for it! 

6. Learn to say no if it’s not serving you, you’re not going to help others if your cup isn’t filled up.

7. You can’t think a negative of someone that’s not already in yourself!

8. Shift negative thoughts to compassion

9. Stories and laughter always get you through.

10. Breath work is the daily work!

Kim Flodin

Wim Hoff

Micheal Pollan

Gary Renard

Byron Katie