Creative business planning
Growing Potential: Find out why the key to creating a flourishing business, can be found in your garden….
Creativity for Coaches
Creativity is the way forward. Whether you are a coach, facilitator or therapist, Jens recent book will transform your practice
Changing the world, one party at a time… People learn best through play and our unique Discovery Party helps you discover how you want your life to look and learn some coaching skills…and its all done in a fun way.
Text on Toast
Inspirational toast artwork…something for everyone to get their teeth into.
Welcome to my website “Creative Doing and Being” the home of me, Jen Gash. I paint paintings, write, speak and create other things which help people live full, creative lives. I have painted all my life and am interested in: the landscape as psychology/psychological backdrop; the fragility of children and teenagers; themes around engagement/disengagement in activities; abandoned play and leisure environments. These painting themes also reflect my career in occupational therapy and coaching. Although it might sound like a strange mix, all these disciplines have a creative heart and believe in the potential for human beings to live engaged, meaningful lives. Outside of this, I am a bit of a geek and love the neuro and occupational science involved in the creative process, how we tackle risk taking as human beings and also stop ourselves from sabotaging our well-intentioned plans!
I have been unpicking this thing called disappointment lately as it hounds me, frequently flattening my enthusiasm and energy. To a certain degree, I think we learn how to be disappointed as children – I still see my mum’s disappointment with her work life and whilst my dad doesn’t voice his, I still see Read more about The Infinite Gap – disappointment and creativity[…]
“at least I f**king tried…That’s the only euology I need” (Frank Turner) I’m sitting here, in a freezing cold, partially converted warehouse, painting properly for the first time in months – about 7 months to be precise. I’m huddled against a small heater which is really doing nothing apart from massively increasing my carbon footprint. In Read more about That’s the only eulogy I need[…]
A short video pleading for some honesty about the creative process…
One evening, when I was about 16, we were playing a family game of cards and my mind must have wandered off as I was brought back to the room by my dad shouting “Jen…you are not concentrating, you never concentrate properly…”. He went on to rant about various times I didn’t concentrate and it Read more about When I am gazing out the window…[…]
Last year, I needed to really focus, really hide myself away and immerse myself in a new project – a big one. I started to tell people that I wouldn’t be around for a bit, I would probably be turning down invites etc. As I entered this phase, it really felt like I was a Read more about Being inside the chrysalis, amongst the creative gloop[…]
If you haven’t read Episode 1, you can see it here, but I finished it off with the grand statement “next time we will examine the role of the Executive system, why some people develop “protective mechanisms” against mental illness and why some don’t” As I sat down to write today, several months after I wrote Episode Read more about The Dark Side of creativity – Episode 2[…]