I always wonder how readers find the books, writers and words that they love. Is it research? A happy accident? Fate even? I like to imagine that you’ve stumbled upon this newsletter because a friendly stranger chatted with you about how to love a book while riding the subway or a friend gushed about calm being the key for magic at a recent brunch date; and now that you’ve arrived, you like these scribbles enough to subscribe and visit regularly. Thank you, truly!

The Gooseberry Review is…

A warm hodgepodge of essays, anecdotes and ideas, exploring how to make the creative career and lifestyle you crave more achievable, every day.

In some ways, this is a place where I share my decade of experience as a full-time creative entrepreneur in hopes that it helps you recharge and reignite you own passions and pursuits. In other ways, it’s a space to reflect on the patter and rhythms of everyday life, because that’s where I believe the real creative magic lives.

However you approach this publication, its ultimately about turning inspiration into action so you can connect with your own unique creativity, ignite your drive and build the career and lifestyle you desire.

NO ads, NO paid partnerships, NO sneaky sales speak, ever.

When much of the online world feels like a stage, my hope is that The Gooseberry Review resonates more like a close-knit dinner party where we can gush about how to bring ideas to life in tangible ways. Thank you for subscribing!

{There may be paid subscriptions in future, but this core part will always remain free.}

Meet Laura (the gal behind GOOSEBERRY)

I feel most like myself when I’m putting words together on paper or looking through a camera. I’m a full-time commercial photographer, strategist and writer who founded Gooseberry Studios in 2013 to help entrepreneurs build beloved brands and a creative everyday way of life. When I’m not busy with my clients, I’m focused on my art career – producing whimsical limited-edition fine art prints, inspired goods and writing about topics that move me.

I believe in messy hair, bright lipstick and that even the smallest garden can be the dreamiest escape. I’m passionate about helping others turn inspiration into action and am mildly obsessed with dogs.

My photoshoots and brand strategies have helped clients land features in international press, produce best-selling books, create coveted online programs, grace the TEDx stage, launch beautiful retail and digital products, win awards and more. My work has appeared in a number of publications over the years, including Vogue UK, ELLE Canada, USA Today, and The Everygirl. It’s a joy and privilege to help others build their ideas into the real world in strategic and artistic ways that leave a lasting impression.

Okay, is that enough bio-ing? Thanks to my British upbringing, talking about myself will forever feel incredibly strange and awkward, so let’s wrap this up already, and get to the good stuff — the actual writing!

Why subscribe?

Oh gosh, why indeed? Let me try and convince you? Each new edition of The Gooseberry Review goes directly to your inbox to read at leisure. So you don’t have to “tune into social media” for the latest (something I personally loathe) and can spend less time on your phone (something I love!)

Contrary to all the advice out there, I don’t keep a regular publishing schedule and The Gooseberry Review only goes out once a month. My hope is that this feels like a friend dropping by for a quick coffee, leaving you with a more motivated mindset.

{sometimes the first email lands in a junk folder or promotions tab, so keep your eyes peeled!}

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Laura | Gooseberry
I feel most like myself when I’m putting words together on paper or looking through a camera. Founder of Gooseberry Studios (gooseberrystudios.com). Forever a daydreamer at heart.