James Prescott

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Seasons & Burnout: 3 Reasons To Take A Break

Someone once said there is a time for everything in life. A time to live, a time to die. A time to work, and a time for rest.

Life is lived in seasons. And this is reflected in the life cycle of the world we all live in.

We see it through the year, from the death, cold and snow of winter to the greenery, light and life of summer. We were designed to live in seasons.

And in life, when a season comes to an end, we lament, we grieve, but then we take what we learned, and move into the next.

Right now, in my life and work, I sense a season ending. And it’s time to lay it down and begin again.

Intertwined with the concept of seasons, is the idea of work and rest. And rest is equally important as work. Whatever culture might say, being busy is not something to be proud of.

A Day Which Proved Love Wins

Friday 26th June 2015. A day which will go down in history. A day which will become many LGBT couple’s wedding anniversary.

This was the day the US Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was a legal right across the US.

I can’t tell you the joy I felt, as a straight ally, as this news sunk in. The freedom this gave to so many. A right which had been denied for so long, finally made legal.

In some ways it’s tragic that we should celebrate this day with such enthusiasm – because this should never have been an issue up for discussion. Each of us should always have been free to make that covenant relationship of marriage with another. To commit to be faithful to someone before God for the rest of their lives.

But the reason this gave me so much hope, was simply because it proved again to me one simple thing.

Love wins.

Love always wins.

It sometimes takes patience. It sometimes takes sacrifice. It might meet resistance. It may have to battle it’s way through lots of boundaries.

But, in the end, love wins.

Do Our Words Bleed?

For such a long time I’ve talked about authenticity. Now the word is becoming more and more like jargon.

And every time I hear it, or discuss it on Twitter with others, I’m feeling an accusing finger pointing my way. That nagging sense many don’t think I’m authentic.

And in my own mind, my greatest fear is fast becoming I’m simply not being authentic enough. Not living or writing with enough integrity or honesty. Still holding back from the real truth.

2 Secrets To Curing Writers Block (& Finding Your Voice)

Over the years I’ve been asked by many people what my answer is to writers block, or feeling dry creatively, or when you’re stuck as a writer.

Because we’ve all been there haven’t we? Sitting at home with literally nothing to say, no motivation to write, feeling totally empty and dry, like we’ll never write another word ever again.

Sound familiar?

Well the best way to answer this question is share my own story.

I’ve struggled with this more than once in my life. And there were two things I did each time to free myself from the shackles of writers block.

When A Great Blog Title Is Pointless

I’ve been blogging for a long time. And in recent years, as I’ve become more professional in my approach, I’ve learned important principles which can helping grow a blog, from some wise, experienced and successful writers.

Some of the key principles they advocated, outside great content, was professional design, and ‘building a platform’.

I won’t lie, these ideas are good in principle There’s nothing inherently wrong with having a great design and wanting to grow a blog. In their place, these concepts are really useful.

But for me, it has seemed at times great design and platform building, essentially a focus outside of the content (ie: aesthetics), had become the point.

And I kept finding myself asking:

“When did aesthetics become more important than our art?”

How Love Of Money Destroys Creativity

I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost count of the number of websites, blog posts, tweets and links which talk about how someone grew their following to an enormous size very quickly.

Websites which show you how to ‘guarantee’ you’ll be a success, to ‘maximise the income’ from your blog, and ‘grow your fanbase’. And many of them are happy to sell you their ‘guaranteed’ path to success and wealth.

You know the ones I mean, right?

Now I’ve got nothing against people making money from their work. One day I hope and expect to do it myself. Work costs time, energy, and sometimes money to produce, and making money from it, with integrity, isn’t wrong.

But I’d rather read more posts about how to discover my true identity, become a better, more authentic writer, and be true to the person I was born to be.

Wouldn’t you?

Why I’ll Never Blog Out Of Duty

Last year I took three months off from public blogging. Back then, my attitude, my motivation, my focus was all way off. Ambition was consuming me, an obsession with stats and success. Today I’m considering taking another break from public blogging. But this time, my motivation is very different. In my last post I mentioned […]

How We Discover Ourselves In Our Art

A while back I was ill with a really bad case of flu (and for the record, it was real flu, not man flu). It tied me to my bed for a few days. It was the kind of ill where your mind drifts and you can hardly speak or think straight.

I barely had the strength to stand up and get dressed, yet alone to reflect on anything and write it down.

But with regards to my writing, it was more like a great excuse. Because in truth, I’d been battling writers block for a while. What this period of illness did was give me an excuse not to even fight anymore.

I’d done my standard tactic of sitting down and simply waiting for something to come out. Waiting to see what was inside. It usually works. But I seemed to have lost the motivation and energy to even try that.

So what was wrong? And what else could I do?