The Importance of Consistency in Business

As part of my commitment to be learning and developing my skills both in business and as an individual,  I have been spending pretty much all of my spare hours listening to audio books. Recently, I listened to a very interesting audio book by Weldon Long called The Power of Consistency. 

Essentially the books argues that to achieve your goals in both business and in life it’s important to do the little tasks that may seem insignificant, on a consistent basis. Whether that’s regularly reaching out to new clients, having a consistent follow-up strategy or consistently posting on social media, we all have things we know we should be doing in a consistent way.  

It struck me as very interesting because essentially he was saying that it’s not very effective to only pick a few things you want to do in each area of your life – personal, home, health, business etc and implement these few points on a consistent basis. There needs to be a more all-encompassing approach. 

This got me thinking about the way I do things. Looking back on all of the strategies that have yielded the most fruit, I noticed a pattern. The positive outcomes were a result of consistent action on a daily basis. For example, amongst other things, posting something on my Instagram daily at 1pm contributed to my ability to grow my Instagram following from 0 to 12k in a very short time period. 

On reflection, another example, is when I decided to start prospecting and finding new clients for the design services my company offers. When I spend a day, only once a month contacting lots of people I see this yields very little results. However, when I consistently reach out to a person or two on a daily basis I can see the accumulative power of this daily action which creates better results. 

I constantly need to remind myself that there are no quick fixes, no magic wands or no sudden miracles that will come along to change the direction of my business. The key is doing the right things on a consistent, often daily basis. I realize now that consistency builds momentum and it is the building block to deep growth.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’d especially love to hear from you if you’ve shared a similar experience with consistency!


Natasha Jade x


Rediscovering the Importance of Constant Learning

Photo by Patrick Tomasso

Recently I was struck by a concept I read in a lecture by Brian Tracy where he was talking about the habits of the top 20% most successful people. Among some very interesting insights, he stated something that made my ears prick. What he said was that people in the top 20% of their field, spend on average two hours a day developing a skill that will help them to achieve their business goals. He said consistent personal development was the common factor amongst all of these people.

He said that quite often these successful people have their goals clearly defined. They then identify which skill is holding them back the most and work on that consistently.

The way he explained it really struck me. He suggested to try and imagine waving a magic wand and becoming good at the one thing which would be the most beneficial in helping you to achieve your goals.

He also said further on in the lecture that on average most people only use 10% of their potential. He really drummed home the fact that if you are not constantly learning and updating your skills, you plateau and then eventually decline. I think I can relate to this.

Suddenly it was like a light bulb went off in my mind. I thought ok, my business isn’t where I am dreaming it is. I recognise that there are gaps in my knowledge, I need to achieve these goals and these can, in fact, be learned. So I started reading every day; articles books, and audiobooks both relating to art and to my business.

I was surprised to find out that Warren Buffett the third richest man in America, spends 80% of his time reading so that he has as much information as possible when making business decisions.

Apparently, when you learn something new you release endorphins and that makes us feel good and positive.

Consistent learning is something that has been massively lacking in my life but it was revolutionary to discover that if I consistently dedicate myself to learning the skills I am not so good at, maybe I can develop my business in ways I never imagined before.

This is one of the lectures I have found extremely inspiring. Maybe you will too…

Keeping Your Equanimity in Business

Something that I have recognised in myself recently is that what is happening in my business and work life determines how I feel on a daily basis. It effects my general mood, which in turn affects how present I am in my relationships, weekend activities and anything and everything else.

When you have your own business it can be extremely hard to switch off. Retaining  a boundary between what is happening at work and what is happening at home can be almost impossible for me sometimes.   Something I have noticed recently is that If I sell a painting or if I get a big order I am extremely happy. I am happy when I go home and happy for that whole day. However after a few days or weeks have passed and I haven’t sold a painting or had anything of particular interest happen, my mood goes back down and I feel less positive and successful in general.

Stepping back from these patterns and looking at myself I can’t help but ask – is this healthy? On reflection I am not sure that it is. In an ideal world I would strive to feel good about myself, happy and content no matter what happens in my business. When I sell a painting in the future, of course I’d like to feel happy but not to the extent that I am ecstatic for days knowing that this feeling will at some point pass. At the same when nothing  particularly exciting is happening or nothing makes me feel worthy as an artist, I want to know that this feeling will again pass and that I am still happy, content and balanced.

Having this equanimity for me, is really hard. Yet the more and more I think about it and the more I experience this work including the highs and lows, the more I realise that nothing should be able to affect my mood and throw me off balance. These transient thoughts and feelings should not be able to affect my equanimity. If I come from a place of equanimity and nonjudgment I can take each experience as it is without getting drawn into the highs of success and the lows of what I think are my failures. I am definitely not there yet but slowly, slowly I’m hoping that I can take myself closer to this goal of equanimity. 

Moving Backwards To Go Forwards 

Many times in my life I have looked back and thought – ‘yes, in retrospect I had to go through that’. Or ‘I can see now I had to go through that difficult time to progress forward in my work and life, to get to new places and learn the lessons I needed to learn to move forwards’. 

But in truth knowing this doesn’t make it any easier when we are experiencing turbulent times in our lives. Whether that is in our businesses or personal lives. 

I am a firm believer that what is going on in the inside is a reflection of what is happening outside and vice versa. In the same way, I believe that what is going on in my personal life mirrors how I run my business and conduct my day to day working affairs (and vice versa). For example, and I know this is obvious but if my house is tidy and, my clothes are neatly ironed and clean, as well as of course helping my personal life, it also reflects in my business productivity of the day. 

So when I find myself facing challenges and maybe it seems like I am going backwards, I remind myself to look at patterns from the past. When I do this I see that often when I thought I was going backwards and digressing, these phases actually enabled me to progress and get to the next stage in my business.  If I learn to stay balanced and not react then I can simply trust the process and acknowledge the ways the challenge is helping me grow. 

Similarly when I am painting,  my creative process follows a pattern a bit like this: ‘I really enjoy creating a piece,’ I love making it’, ‘I thought it was better before,’ ‘I hate it and can’t bear it’ and then finally ‘I literally have no idea if it’s good or not’.

I know now that if I don’t go through the stage of hating the painting then it’s not that good a piece. With all the best paintings I have created, I distinctly remember thinking how much I disliked each piece. Similarly, I would like to see the painting get better with every brush stroke. When this doesn’t happen, I wonder if I am going backwards and if it was better without the latest step? I ask myself ‘am I just going back on myself and ruining it?’ Now I know that these steps are VITAL. I have to go through them, I have to question my artwork and push through the difficult phases of each piece. And every piece has them. 

As I mentioned before I do think that my work is a reflection of myself. When I work through these difficult challenges in my creative life, it makes me more aware of these thought processes in my personal life and I am able to handle the challenges so much more effectively. 


Natasha Jade x

Review: Anni Albers at the Tate Modern


Last week a friend of mine recommended that I go and see the Anni Albers exhibition at the Tate Modern. Originally I had planned to see the clock (which is also amazing) and thought I would pop into the Annie Albers exhibition at the same time.

Unexpectedly I was totally blown away. I admit maybe it was a little ignorant of me but I had not heard of Annie Albers, but I totally should have known about her as her work is amazing. She is essentially a weaver, and though her prolific work she has produced a large amount of sensational work.

What was really profound for me was the amount of detail she put into the studies of her work. She would create multiple watercolour paintings detailing how her tapestries would look. Most of her work was quite mathematical. As someone who probably needs to plan her work more, this was really inspiring. 

One of the pieces that stood out for me was a tapestry that she wove with only three seperate colours. However, it gives an optical illusion of many more colours. It’s really amazing!

Looking around the exhibition I noticed shapes that reminded me of modern day fashion crazes. For examples knots, I remember when that was the craze and almost every item bought  at Topshop had knots of chains on it. 

She also created some big work for high profile clients. As a Jewish woman in the war life wasn’t easy but she still managed to be incredibly prolific. A fascinating fact I learned about her is that she taught at the Black Mountain College (in retrospect this is probably unsurprising!). This was a sort of experimental college which focused on creative learning and communal living. Paul Klee also taught there and the school was attended by many other famous artists. The school was only open for just over 20 years but produced some extremely famous and some of my favourite artists, namely Anni Albers, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Willem and Elaine de Kooning and many more.

I cannot recommend the exhibition highly enough. I haven’t been able to get her work out of my mind and I am definitely going to go again before it closes on 27 January 2019. Find out more here.


Natasha Jade x

How Words Shape Our World

For this blog I wanted to share my recent thoughts and experiences with the hope that others may find my sharing useful or inspiring. Something that has been very present in my life lately is the extent to which my words shape my reality. Recently I have been conducting a little experiment. I have been consciously aware of times I’ve been extremely anxious about something and have tried two things: 

1) I have acted in a very normal way to myself, in that I spoke about the issue and voiced my worries and  concerns.

2) I haven’t said a word about it to anyone or if I did I tried to share my thoughts very carefully so that they were portrayed in a positive way without explicitly saying I was worried, nervous, anxious or stressed about something.

So, analysing the results of my little experiment amazes me every time. What I found was that when I voiced my opinion and acted in a way that satisfied my inner angst of course my concerns almost always surfaced. However, when I chose to keep my anxieties to myself and didn’t even let the words leave my mouth, the issue I was concerned about almost always never even happened.

Now, I am not saying I wasn’t worried about it on the inside. I still was, but I didn’t let the words leave my mouth or put any unnecessary manifestations into the world. I resisted planting my anxieties into the heads of anyone else that cares about me, such as the people I would usually speak to first – my mother, boyfriend or the wonderful girls I work with. This way I didn’t infect anyone else with my anxieties which means they had less power to manifest as less people were able to brew on a potential negative outcome which unfortunately is often the case when I plant the initial seed of worry.

I do believe that words have a very powerful energy and this energy vibrates out every time a word is spoken. Therefore I am trying to be more careful with my words. I try to only let things out that have a positive reverberation and manifest exactly that! It’s a very hard thing to do but I realize now more than ever that just being aware is the first step and a very powerful step at that!

Natasha Jade x

Hello From The Himalayas!

I have spent the last few days trekking in what I feel is one of the most beautiful parts of the world – the Himalayas. You literally feel like you are on top of the world amongst these mountains! 

I first visited the Himalayas when I was 14 and then and loved it so much I ended up living in Nepal for 6 months in 2014! 

Here are some photos me and my  boyfriend have taken over the past few days…


Watch this space for some India-nspired artwork coming soon!

Have you been to the Himalayas before? Comment below with your pics or thoughts, I’d love to hear from you! 


Natasha x