Tara Roskell is an author and illustrator.
A new lighthearted and fun way to learn about mindfulness and meditation.
Mindfulness is great! It can help you relax, stop living in your head, and enjoy being you. So why call it MindFOOLness? Mindfulness with jokes? Is that allowed? Well, why not? Mindfulness isn’t medicinal. Just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean it has to be dull, and it doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. The good (or possibly disappointing) news is that Mindfulness doesn’t have to involve shaving your head and spending years in a cave deep in the Himalayas, with only your faithful but stinky yak for company. In fact, you could just start with a humble raisin.
This book will take you through 10 simple exercises to help you to learn to be more mindful. In the process, we also aim to make you laugh with the help of our cartoons. It’s an ideal gift book for a friend who’s either wellbeing mad or always intends trying out mindfulness and meditation but doesn’t quite get round to it. The book has been created by Liz Smalley, a mindfulness expert and Tara Roskell a graphic designer/creative thinker.
Tara Roskell Co-author and designer
Liz Smalley Co-author and Mindfulness Expert
I caught up with Tara to find out more about her work.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Just FXXXXXX do it! I am not sure if that’s really very appropriate, but when I was stalling and kept of putting off something that I thought I wanted to do, that’s what someone said to me. It actually got me to take action.
Favourite or most inspirational place?
There is a small town in France called Chamberet. In the centre of the town, there is a little square with a very old church, a well, a small castle that is currently being repaired and some stone houses with little balconies. When I stand there I feel like I have been transported to another time, it’s magical.
What is your dream project?
I have a passion for ideas and idea generation, but that also means I have shiny idea syndrome. This means that my dream project is the idea I have just thought of when I should be finishing off my current project…lol. At the moment my dream project is to help people be more creative and am working on a site to help people do that.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
Being creative means making something that wasn’t there before, it’s pushing yourself to try new things which make you feel alive. This doesn’t mean you have to do something daring or travel the world, it just means stretching your mind, even if that’s from the comfort of your living room.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I always like to have some sort of side/personal project or challenge on the go. I just don’t feel right if I don’t, it’s what brings me alive. I have tried morning routines, which I enjoyed, but I don’t have so much sticking power with those.
Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I don’t think there has ever been a time when I didn’t think I absolutely had to create. From a young age, I was always drawing. This has morphed into other things, but creativity is always at the heart of it.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I would like to experiment more with art and to create a style that I love. I have always shied away from having a set style that is “me” and opted for creating styles that suited my current project. However, I think this something I would like to explore more in the future.