Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

You Might Also Like


  1. Kelly Exeter

    This reminds me of a few years back when I chose the word ‘consolidate’. It’s so nice to wind things back a bit after a year of big ‘growth’!

    1. valeriekhoo

      And it a good strategy to stay sane too!

  2. Al McKillop

    I think that is fantastic. Too many companies and businesses keep driving forward with big challenges instead of refining and getting the very best out of what they have already put in place. They lose focus and don’t get the benefits, and sometimes it all goes horrible wrong! Once you have the current projects running like a Rolls Royce, then go for the next big thing. I know Kaizen principles well, and I really hope you can stick to it. You know I can help if you need fresh eyes – I’ve done Lean training too! (Yes, I know, is there no end to my talents hehe!)
    I will also make sure that when you start getting itchy feet and want to kick off another big project, i wiil remind you about this post :).
    Now…I just have to work out what the hell am I going to do this year???

    1. valeriekhoo

      Can’t wait to hear your plans for the year Al 🙂

  3. Suzi Dafnis

    Agree Valerie and often fight with myself – going between ‘if I’m not dreaming big then I’m not really trying and I’m going backwards’ and ‘stop, breathe and move slowly and strategically’ . BHAGs are not for me this year either (though I might need to remind myself next week when I’m back at the office).

    I still feel a bit of exhaustion from last year and, while I’m committed to make a contribution through my work,if I’m stressed, I cannot give my best. Thanks for the post.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Maybe we should do a non-BHAG accountability program. Just to remind ourselves!

  4. Allison Tait

    Ah Val, I needed to read this today. I think I’m looking for a Big Hairy Goals year this year, but it’s good to know that the incremental steps I took last year may have not been in vain. 🙂

    1. valeriekhoo

      Incremental is good!

  5. Amanda Roae

    My three words. “Go for broke”. 2013 is going to be insane. I’ve committed to spending my entire life, each day to just two things: fitness training & my business. I have given myself 12months to not only climb mountains but pioneer new ones.

    Your points on small changes each day though, is exactly how I achieve anything. Consciously making daily decisions instead of just riding the wave is definitely the way to go.

    Bring on 2013 I say!

    1. valeriekhoo

      I’ve seen those videos of you working out – you will get there in no time!

  6. Rose Wintergreen

    Great idea Valerie! You did so many awesome things in 2012, but you were pushing the envelope in terms of stress. Very relieved for you! I’m sure what you have on your plate already will still be more than enough to keep things interesting 🙂

    1. valeriekhoo

      I’ve relieved too Rose. As Kelly says, time to consolidate!

  7. What I did in a fit of new year delusion |Valerie Khoo

    […] of you know that around 1 January last year, I decided to write a book that became Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic […]