Social entrepreneurs promote some great talent in working together

Where Are We Going? – Suitable for ages 2 – 6 years

2020 was a year of change for so many of us. For me it was the year of saying yes without hesitation.

Such as the time the body confidence coach Vie Portland contacted me asking if I would be willing to illustrate a book she had written.

Prior to lockdown, I know that my first reaction would have been one of self doubt and self sabotage. But thanks to lockdown I took the view of, what did I have to lose?

I have an art business that I love. An art business that has had to change substantially due to the restrictions of Covid 19. And due to me saying yes to new challenges, I have an art business that is suriving, despite all the odds.

But book illustration? That was something I’d never done before.

But Vie had confidence in me, which boosted me on into believing I could do this.

I was even more keen to be on board when I read the story, and she explained why she wanted to write it.

So I got out my water colours, and sent her over my first impression of how I imagined Emily – the main character to look like.

Emily, the main character in the book

It was important to Vie, that although Emily has a physical disability, that was not the main point of the story. Vie explains more about this in her blog that she wrote here.

Who knows where an everyday bus can take you, if you allow your imagination to come along for the ride?

a boring bus journey turns into a wonderful voyage of imagination

There were some frustrating points along the way, where both Vie and myself learnt so much about the logistics of setting out a story book for children.

Obviously, there is more to it than just putting pretty pictures and words onto paper – but getting my artistic brain to comprehend the analytical side of sizing up the paintings for the page etc took some getting used to.

But I perservered, and got there. And I am pleased to say I now have a much better understanding of the process.

I am very proud of what we achieved, and I know that Vie is too.

I think it is a testamount to the power of believing in your dreams.

Which, funnily enough, is kind of the message in the book as well.

The book is available both in hardback and paperback versions.

If you would like to purchase a book you can do so here.

Please note that proceeds go towards Vie’s Community Interest Company which raises awareness of body confidence.

To find out more about these two brilliant Social Entrepreneurs do visit:  and

both are Associate Members of Rotary Social Innovation.


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