Spotlight on Amelia Fergusson
Hello beautiful people and happy Friday if you are reading this on a friday, if not then good day you. I have another instalment of Friday female and this week it is spotlight on Amelia Fergusson. The lovely Amelia is a published author, screenplay writer and all round go-getter.
We sat down to discuss life, motherhood, writing and the importance of self discipline. Watch the video below and be sure to scroll down after to read my own takeaways from the interview.
Amelia and I have pretty much grown up together, and it has been such an experience watching her develop and pursue her passion so confidently. One thing I have always admired about this woman is her, ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude. When she wrote her first book The Story Babalou Roy, she had zero idea of how she was going to self publish it, but she did it and I was gobsmacked.
I watched her work day and night, figuring things out as she went and taking it all in her stride, while still keeping her sense of humour.
My spotlight on Amelia Fergusson actually had me learning some new things about her, which I didn’t think was possible as we are so close. My biggest takeaway on this one, was just how determined she is to make things happen for herself and is not willing to just sit around and hope it does.
She is the kind of person who is not afraid of hard work and is more than happy to learn as she goes, in fact she thrives from it. One of the things I love about her is her big heart and her self belief. I rethink that is something
The Golden Nuggets
Learn to put some time aside everyday to work on your goals and passions, even if that is literally an hour a day. Amelia is very clear that she makes sure that she has time blocked out everyday even if its a few minutes to plan her material, and that keeps her motivated and I think it can relate to anyone and any profession.
Break it down!
If you fail to plan to fail. It was very clear from learning about Amelia’s creative process, that she is more inspired and productive when she takes the time to plan what she wants to produce. She touched on mapping her week in her diary and blocking out the time for when she needs to write, what she needs to write and setting deadlines for herself. This is such an important aspect of getting things done, but also the hardest thing to do as a creative.
Have you big goal, but break it down into smaller manageable chunks so you are not overwhelmed and can actually have small accomplishments along the way. By the time she wrote her third book, Pretty girls can’t write, it was a breeze for her. That was certainly a learning for me because i saw the change firsthand, from novice to professional.
By all means do all of the above, but don’t be afraid to give yourself some downtime and do other things. Sometimes all it takes is a little time away from your creative project, maybe watch some trashy tv and go back to pursuing your passion.
Always be ready for other opportunities
Always be ready for opportunities you may not be expecting. If you are working on a script, a project or whatever your creative endeavour is, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Make sure you allow yourself time to work on more than one thing (complimentary to your passion) because you never know what doors may open for you.
Thats it for today my lovelies, as usual I would really appreciate it if you let me know what you thought of this week Friday female in the comments below. If anything in this post resonates with you, please share it with your friends.
Until next time, make sure you love the life you are living.