Journal

Homework: Drawing from Life

Two weeks ago, I was busy showing my (very talented artist and mentor) friend Shazia my nascent sketchbook scratchings. She gently nudged me in the right direction, and then proceeded to drop this epic piece of homework: My instant reaction: resistance. My word, but that’s a lot of sketchbooks. But, I know she is right.…

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A poem: More Sugar

Back in summer, when Lockdown 1.0 was about to lift, and we’d done…what was it in the end…? 15 weeks with the family? Homeschooling, eating all our meals at home, all of us under one roof, all the time, with no breaks. I did not take for granted how lucky we were to be safe,…

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Limiting your choice: the Baskin Robbins syndrome

Years ago, when I was about 6 or 7 and my family and I lived in Texas, my mum took a friend and me to the well-known ice cream chain called ‘Baskin Robbins’. Famous for having 31 flavours, it has rows upon rows of brightly coloured ice creams to choose from. The tale in my…

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A bit stucky.

About ten weeks ago, I was what my husband and I refer to as ‘a bit stucky’. You know what I mean: Lacking in energy, motivation, direction. Not feeling like I’m making inroads into the things I say I want to do. Searching for inspiration. I was needing a guiding force. For the third time…

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I’ve been hiding.

I’ve just been reading a book in bed, supposedly trying to get to sleep early in case my two year old wakes at 4.20am again, like he did this morning. Of course I’ve haven’t sensibly picked up a tome guaranteed to be snore-worthy (see my husband’s bedside reads) but instead something which is likely to…

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Five Things I wish I had known 10 years ago.

A letter to me (- 10 years). Ten years ago I quit my corporate job to start my swimwear business. It was a HUGE rollercoaster ride and a gigantic (sometimes terrifying) learning curve. Here’s what I would love to tell my ten year younger self if I time travelled to see her. Dear Alexia, Fancy…

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Peeling back the layers

alexia pinchbeck illustration

Well HELLO there! Thank you so much for visiting my sparkling new website, and taking a peek at these journal pages. If you were hoping for something truly salacious and revealing, tune back in a couple of months, I’m sure by then I’ll have no shame and will be doling out all the juicy details.…

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