I know how powerful it is to accept yourself for you who you are, warts and all. To take off your internal boxing gloves and lay down all your swords. To let out that big breath you’ve been holding in all your life and to throw your arms up to the world and shout, Here … Continue reading 5 songs that let me know it’s OK to be me
A few years ago, I kicked a huge dent in my washing machine. I’ve also destroyed a pedestal fan. I’ve thrown coffee cups, thrown chairs, punched walls, and screamed obscenities until my throat hurt. I’ve punched myself in the back of the head and even bitten myself on occasion. Thankfully, I only ever did it … Continue reading Why boys need to talk about their feelings…. now!
When I failed high school for the second time, I thought my life was over. And when the only job I could get, was hosing out dog shit in the kennels at the local dog’s refuge home, everything I feared was confirmed. Bad grades = I’m a failure.No education = I’ll only ever have meaningless … Continue reading Why self acceptance is more important than success
When I was a kid, daydreaming was almost a punishable offence. “STOP WASTING TIME, PAY ATTENTION, SIT UP STRAIGHT! LEARN TO SPELL, LEARN TO COUNT – YOU’LL NEVER GET ANYWHERE IN LIFE IF YOU’RE OFF WITH THE FAIRIES!!” But now we realise how important daydreaming and imagination are in helping to problem solve and think … Continue reading Why it’s more important than ever to let kids daydream
Last year I shared with you a moment when a young boy stood up to his bullies. Little did I know at the time, that moment would go on to inspire the name of one of the world's most unique and important online courses for kids. UPDATE: THE COURSE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING. https://joshlangley.thinkific.com/courses/here-i-am … Continue reading The story behind my online course to help kids with self acceptance
Sure, you may have taken up macramé or taxidermy while in lockdown, but I’m guessing your enthusiasm has waned due to the sheer emotional toll that 2020 has taken. Now that 2021 is here, it’s time to get your creative mojo rocking again. Let’s get started! Don’t overthink stuff. “Thinking is the enemy of creativity. … Continue reading 7 Ways to get your creative mojo back in 2021
(Estimated reading time, 2 glasses of wine) So you've written a book or want to write a book and have no frigging idea of what to do next. Well hopefully over the next couple of glasses of wine I'll help fill in some gaps and give you the motivation and knowledge to share your work … Continue reading How to get published – the basics (updated 2020)
He was big for an 11 year old. He sat at the front of class, just off to the side, by himself. It was the second day of my school workshops for Children’s Book week and the last school I was visiting for the day. We were up to the activity part of the session … Continue reading The Courage to Stand Up
I love going to writers festivals and doing school visits. I get to meet so many amazing people and there are always moments that rest gently in my heart, reminding me why I'm lucky to be doing what I'm doing. Last weekend was no exception. I was doing a Magnificent Mistakes workshop for primary school … Continue reading The little girl who wouldn’t speak.
I celebrated the launch of my latest kid's book head down in the veggie garden, vomiting my guts up and I promise it wasn’t because of too many cupcakes and fairy bread. It was anxiety. Not the amazing butterflies in the tummy nerves you get before you step on stage and present to 100 or … Continue reading How launching a book during a pandemic made me sick