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This is the last week of the first round of Behind The Scenes… It’s been an incredible journey for Kim & I, we’ve poured our hearts into the content and shared all we can about our creative journeys online. The Behind The Scenes course gives load of inspiration, practical tips and tutorials for enhancing your online space and so much more. Registration for round two opens on August 1st… details here.

One of the missions today is asking everyone to answer 5 questions… little bits of information can give a real insight into who you are and what you like, helping you connect with more likeminded people or start a conversation.

We’re having a blog hopping linky party… and here’s my contribution.

1. What makes you happy?….. in 5 words or less….?

Family, sunshine, camping, creativity, sleep.

2. Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to really sing… you know, not just kareoke.

3. Which words or phrases do you overuse most?


4. What is your favourite book & movie?

Book – (This is super tricky, but currently…) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. I keep going back to it.

Movie – Some Like It Hot… the ending still makes me chuckle.

5. If you could go anywhere in the world for a creative retreat where might it be?

India & Mexico. I can’t wait to bask in all the colours and textures.

SO… now it’s your turn. 


  • Mary
    Posted at 15:38h, 21 July Reply

    I would love to be able to play the piano. and I overuse fabulous and lovely (a lot!).

  • Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns
    Posted at 00:04h, 21 July Reply

    The collaboration between you and Kim has been magical! This course is a really wonderful creation that both of you should be proud of. Thanks for whimsical, cheerful spirit.

    I’ve run off and gotten the Kindle edition of The Gifts of Imperfection. Can’t wait to get started.

  • chelle
    Posted at 15:39h, 20 July Reply

    Brilliant self portrait & love your list. so happy I took this course..its awesome! Thankyou for all the inspiration 🙂

  • LindyS
    Posted at 10:25h, 19 July Reply

    Great answers! I love that movie too!

  • Quirky Rose Harissa
    Posted at 10:21h, 19 July Reply

    You would never stop taking photos here in Mumbai Xanthe 🙂

  • geetlee
    Posted at 06:21h, 19 July Reply

    Hi Xanthe,
    This is probably the first time I am posting but I’m no stranger to your space. I visit often and derive a lot of inspiration from your beautiful work ( Have hesitated to contact though…. always felt sheepish and awkward :)). It’s been so much fun to get to know you at Behind the scenes. Both Kim and you have given me so much to think about. I’m so grateful for that.
    Big hug

  • Becky
    Posted at 05:20h, 19 July Reply

    Oh, I would also Love to be able to sing. My own kids ask me to stop when I sing along in the car.

  • Roxi
    Posted at 04:32h, 19 July Reply

    I should have put singing on my list! love your photo

  • Andrea
    Posted at 02:04h, 19 July Reply

    Hi Xanthe. I really enjoyed the class. I can see you loving India. The colors are wonderful there. Thanks!

  • Terri Porter
    Posted at 01:39h, 19 July Reply

    Just realized I put in the wrong website. Here’s the correction.

  • Terri Porter
    Posted at 01:34h, 19 July Reply

    So glad you and Kim answered the questions as well. Like the others, I am absolutely LOVING this class! So much content and it is obvious how much work went into creating it. Looking forward to seeing you again at camp this year.

  • Denise Powers Fabian
    Posted at 23:39h, 18 July Reply

    Xanthe ~ That book intrigues me…linked up to the cost in British pounds…I’ll need to hop on over to Amazon.com American Style! Denise in Akron, Ohio ~ From BTS

  • Dotti
    Posted at 22:41h, 18 July Reply

    Hi, Xanthe! Such fun getting to know you a bit better! It’s obvious to those of us in the class that you and Kim have poured your hearts and souls into BTS. It has been an incredible journey, so much material. I plan to revisit it all again when we’re finished. And … I can’t wait to meet you at Oasis!


  • L Hynes
    Posted at 22:30h, 18 July Reply

    Great that you could come out and play with us!Love love love that picture of you!I am tone deaf and cannot sing a note except light opera and love songs in the car alone LOL!

  • sarah
    Posted at 21:08h, 18 July Reply

    I will have to check out The Gifts of Imperfections. I am glad somebody else says Amazing too much.

  • Barbara Hurst
    Posted at 19:25h, 18 July Reply

    You are one talented beautiful lady, it will be nice to met you in Palm Springs.

  • Sherri B.
    Posted at 16:18h, 18 July Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Xanthe…I keep hearing about Brene Brown and must look into her book. Thanks for mentioning it! Wouldn’t the gift of a beautiful singing voice be amazing?? I agree!! Your photo to go with this post is perfection…have a lovely Wednesday. 🙂

  • Kristina
    Posted at 15:58h, 18 July Reply

    Love that you are a camper! So fun! And the photo of you is fab (my overused word). 🙂

  • naquillity
    Posted at 15:52h, 18 July Reply

    1. family, nature, poetry, photography & photoshop
    2. i can dance but i’d like to be able to dance really good like Mia Michaels or someone like that.
    3. beautiful
    4. i don’t have a favorite book i keep coming back to but i’m currently reading Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven. and the movie that i last watched and simply loved is This Means War. way funny~
    5. i don’t know what to put here as i’m struggling to find a vacation spot i’d like to go to. so a creative retreat would be difficult for me as well.

    your answers are great though. India would be a nice place to visit. so much one could learn from there. have a great day~

  • Naomi
    Posted at 15:41h, 18 July Reply

    Excellent answers! Thank you for much for this class and this wonderful journey.

  • justine
    Posted at 14:46h, 18 July Reply

    lovely list! India is a great one. I love this shot of you!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 14:22h, 18 July Reply

    I enjoyed reading your answers, and I’m jotting the book title down. Thanks!

  • Barb
    Posted at 13:48h, 18 July Reply

    I would love to be able to sing too (I thought it was crazy that I would say that :)). Thank you for everything you’ve done for us in this fabulous course!

  • Laurie @ Pride in Photos
    Posted at 13:42h, 18 July Reply

    I love that the more I find out about you, I can see how many things we have in common…very fun.

  • Robyn Greenhouse
    Posted at 13:38h, 18 July Reply

    I hope to see India someday too! Thanks for sharing such a fun assignment!!

  • Viv Halliwell
    Posted at 13:24h, 18 July Reply

    Enjoyed your post Xanthe, the colours and scents of India….mmmm.
    I’ve just watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fabulous. I have Brene Brown’s book on Kindle I must start reading i,t too much to read so little time…..

  • Sylvia
    Posted at 13:05h, 18 July Reply

    Enjoyed reading your 5 answers, Xanthe !
    I would like to have musical talent too 🙂
    Have a nice day,

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