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identity. belonging. expat life.

Who you are. How you feel inside. Where you live.


As an artist, I illustrate and educate about marginalised experiences for positive change.

With a focus on identity, belonging and expat life, I help people to navigate β€˜otherness’.

‘OTHERNESS’ isolates.

It creates division, prejudice and suffering.

We are all someone else’s ‘other’

Drawn to a Story exists to redress the imbalance

DRAWN TO A STORY with Cath Brew

With a surname like Brew, I think it’s just plain rude to not drink coffee. Right?

Drinking coffee creates space for me to reflect, listen deeply and ignite transformation within others.

Let my clients tell you for themselves:





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#mayonthemove2021
Theme: Plot Twist

When the internal changes become external....
and you can't ignore them any longer.

For 6 years I'd seen it.
For 6 years other people saw it there too.
6 years on, it's becoming a reality.

This partly finished tattoo on my back speaks to me of my future. It's a complete change of trajectory and a complete shift in how I see myself.

And definitely not something I ever saw coming, but you never do with a plot twist do you?

This incredibly stunning artwork is by @tattoosbyhai
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It's hard to pick one #tradition, so today for #ma It's hard to pick one #tradition, so today for #mayonthemove2021 I've gone with my favourite one. Camping, fires and four-wheel drive trips in the deserts at home in Australia.

I acquired a number of skills on these trips:

πŸš™ learning to drive our 4WD on rough terrain
πŸ”₯ how to make a fire
β›Ί how to make camp and stay safe from snakes and scorpions πŸπŸ¦‚
🍳cooking over a fire with the 'Dutch oven
😢 the joys of solitude in nature
✈ how to use the Flying Doctor Radio to seek help in remote locations
🏜 how to survive in the desert and repair your vehicle in the event of a breakdown.

But this tradition is so much more than skills. It was about bonding as a family, leaving city life to connect deeply within ourselves through nature, and a time to slow down.

Desert camping is not available in England, so as often as possible I light a fire to remember and honour these memories with a beer that carries my family name. 

'Brew'...that's Brew....B.R.E.W.....not dog! 🀣 or 'pony' or 'dead' even! πŸ˜†

@diverseinthecity
@thefrustratednester

#desert
#camping
#australia
#brewdog
#flyingdoctor
#rfds
#family

It's hard to pick one #tradition, so today for #mayonthemove2021 I've gone with my favourite one. Camping, fires and four-wheel drive trips in the deserts at home in Australia.

I acquired a number of skills on these trips:

πŸš™ learning to drive our 4WD on rough terrain
πŸ”₯ how to make a fire
β›Ί how to make camp and stay safe from snakes and scorpions πŸπŸ¦‚
🍳cooking over a fire with the 'Dutch oven
😢 the joys of solitude in nature
✈ how to use the Flying Doctor Radio to seek help in remote locations
🏜 how to survive in the desert and repair your vehicle in the event of a breakdown.

But this tradition is so much more than skills. It was about bonding as a family, leaving city life to connect deeply within ourselves through nature, and a time to slow down.

Desert camping is not available in England, so as often as possible I light a fire to remember and honour these memories with a beer that carries my family name.

'Brew'...that's Brew....B.R.E.W.....not dog! 🀣 or 'pony' or 'dead' even! πŸ˜†

@diverseinthecity
@thefrustratednester

#desert
#camping
#australia
#brewdog
#flyingdoctor
#rfds
#family
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A friend recently told me that they'd seen me out A friend recently told me that they'd seen me out running, complemented me on how I looked and said they were jealous of my will power to lose weight. 

I used to think it was about will power too, but having done a lot of internal work, will power is irrelevant.

Will power implies you have to go without something. I don't. Every week I eat chocolate, ice cream, drink beer, make cakes and enjoy what I eat. Will power also implies that you're constantly fighting against yourself - against your natural desires. That's not good either because it sets up thought patterns of 'should' and 'must' and if I don't then I'm failing. 

Obviously if I eat the whole cake or drink a gallon of beer, weight will pile on, but I don't need to. I don't need to because I'm not going without. And not going without is about loving myself.

By learning to love myself now and my future self, I make choices that feed me - literally! Who wants to go without nice things like ice cream, beer and chocolate?

By loving myself, I choose happiness over guilt. I choose good health over poorer health. I choose personal pleasure over emotional pressure. I choose purpose over feeling aimless. 

I choose me.

And you know what?
The weight is disappearing faster than it ever has.

A friend recently told me that they'd seen me out running, complemented me on how I looked and said they were jealous of my will power to lose weight.

I used to think it was about will power too, but having done a lot of internal work, will power is irrelevant.

Will power implies you have to go without something. I don't. Every week I eat chocolate, ice cream, drink beer, make cakes and enjoy what I eat. Will power also implies that you're constantly fighting against yourself - against your natural desires. That's not good either because it sets up thought patterns of 'should' and 'must' and if I don't then I'm failing.

Obviously if I eat the whole cake or drink a gallon of beer, weight will pile on, but I don't need to. I don't need to because I'm not going without. And not going without is about loving myself.

By learning to love myself now and my future self, I make choices that feed me - literally! Who wants to go without nice things like ice cream, beer and chocolate?

By loving myself, I choose happiness over guilt. I choose good health over poorer health. I choose personal pleasure over emotional pressure. I choose purpose over feeling aimless.

I choose me.

And you know what?
The weight is disappearing faster than it ever has.
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This beautiful solitary bee landed on my book rece This beautiful solitary bee landed on my book recently when I was drawing. As its parting gift it pooed on my page πŸ’© 

Ew! Right? But it got me thinking.

In her latest podcast @sundaebean interviews RenΓ© Washington - Master Certified Life Coach, speaker, and author. WOWZERS! πŸ”₯ What an amazing conversation to listen to about how we change as we grow older!!

RenΓ©'s lasting wisdom for listeners was "let your shit go" and as simple as that, this is what this bee did.

It left it behind and flew off, lighter. Simple.
It's the perfect metaphor for change and the growth that comes. 

And.... as RenΓ© also said, "if we don't change we're dead".

πŸ’₯Truth bombπŸ’₯

This beautiful solitary bee landed on my book recently when I was drawing. As its parting gift it pooed on my page πŸ’©

Ew! Right? But it got me thinking.

In her latest podcast @sundaebean interviews RenΓ© Washington - Master Certified Life Coach, speaker, and author. WOWZERS! πŸ”₯ What an amazing conversation to listen to about how we change as we grow older!!

RenΓ©'s lasting wisdom for listeners was "let your shit go" and as simple as that, this is what this bee did.

It left it behind and flew off, lighter. Simple.
It's the perfect metaphor for change and the growth that comes.

And.... as RenΓ© also said, "if we don't change we're dead".

πŸ’₯Truth bombπŸ’₯
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This week I'll be talking about transgender people This week I'll be talking about transgender people in sport, particularly trans women. 

Is there a scientific case for excluding them based on natural 'advantage'?

This week I'll be talking about transgender people in sport, particularly trans women.

Is there a scientific case for excluding them based on natural 'advantage'?
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And so we come to #moving week in #mayonthemove2021.

The easy option is to talk about me moving countries, but for me, #moving is all about moving my body. It took me to move abroad to take up running.

I've always had a secret dream (not so secret now eh? hello Instagram! 🀣) to get properly fit. The bonus was that I would lose weight (society doesn't commonly celebrate bigger people and honestly?....it can be shit to live on the receiving end of that), but the main purpose was fitness and wellness. I love exercise, and I love the natural high it gives.

I RUN BECAUSE:

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Once I couldn't run for 30 seconds but now I run 5km and every time I do I'm reminded of what I can achieve if I want to.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ I feel fantastic afterwards.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ I'm choosing me and what my future self wants.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ It's good for my mental and physical health and means I eat better too.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ I like myself more when I run

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ I used to criticise runners as 'fitness freaks', but was secretly jealous that they were doing it. I am now owning that.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ I enjoy it. Simple. Moving my body makes me happy.

#running
#run
#runningismytherapy
#runnersofinstagram
#moveyourbody
#moveabroad
#cathbrew
#ownyourlife
#mylifemychoice
#mentalhealth
#fairweatherrunner

@thefrustratednester @diverseinthecity
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In 1 hour: Why are your ancestral roots important In 1 hour: Why are your ancestral roots important and what might you be missing?

In 1 hour: Why are your ancestral roots important and what might you be missing? ...

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Another illustration for @figtglobal.

This time, the joys and challenges of living and working interculturally.

We think it comes down to language, cultural beliefs, differing social behaviours, fitting/not fitting, setting up new homes and lives, and so much more, but I'd suggest that the majority of you think of these things from an able-bodied perspective.

Now think about your personal 'challenges' from a differently-abled perspective, and then add a WHOLE lot more to cover all the things you take for granted.

Do you see a different picture now?
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This Friday: Why are your ancestral roots important and what might you be missing? ...

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THIS is everything I'm about.

How it manifests changes over the years with my own personal growth, but the core values remain the same.

I invite you to take this on as your own personal manifesto.
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How to run your business and life for LGBTQIA+ inc How to run your business and life for LGBTQIA+ inclusivity: 10 game changer tips!

How to run your business and life for LGBTQIA+ inclusivity: 10 game changer tips! ...

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I loved taking part in #mayonthemove last year @di I loved taking part in #mayonthemove last year @diverseinthecity @thefrustratednester
So here I am again for #mayonthemove2021

I'm Cath, an Australian heritage consultant, turned illustrator, living in the UK. 

I've been in the UK for 14.5 years, living on a little island in SW England. 

It took me until 42 to realise my dream of working as an illustrator. This simply wouldn't have happened if I'd stayed in Australia.

It's amazing what an international move, being made redundant and a subsequent reinvention of self can do for a woman's future.

It's hard, but it's also amazing if you dare. 
I love it all!

I loved taking part in #mayonthemove last year @diverseinthecity @thefrustratednester
So here I am again for #mayonthemove2021

I'm Cath, an Australian heritage consultant, turned illustrator, living in the UK.

I've been in the UK for 14.5 years, living on a little island in SW England.

It took me until 42 to realise my dream of working as an illustrator. This simply wouldn't have happened if I'd stayed in Australia.

It's amazing what an international move, being made redundant and a subsequent reinvention of self can do for a woman's future.

It's hard, but it's also amazing if you dare.
I love it all!
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There is deep joy in this box. 
Alfalfa sprouts. 🌱

They're available everywhere at home in Australia, but I've never found them in a supermarket here in the UK.

Such was my lament. 15 years of no alfalfa sprouts. πŸ™ƒ 

And then I realised I could GROW MY OWN!

I know, I was a little slow. It only took 15 years for that thought to sprout. πŸ”₯ Pun intended!! 😊

How often do we go without, thinking that's it, there is no other choice? 

There's always choice. 
That's probably the one thing we always have.

Alfalfa sprouts are just the example. Some scenarios are tougher to solve than GROW YOUR OWN. 

BUT we always have choice. Get creative. Use that amazing brain of yours. Delve into the parts of it you haven't used in a while.

Make CHOICE shine like a halo πŸ˜‡ upon your head. Let it out of its cage. πŸ’₯

What are you going to do differently?
Today is the day. 

#choice
#alfalfa
#growyourownfood
#freewill 
#cathbrew 
#brainpower
#feedmysoul
#innerguidance
#yougotthis

There is deep joy in this box.
Alfalfa sprouts. 🌱

They're available everywhere at home in Australia, but I've never found them in a supermarket here in the UK.

Such was my lament. 15 years of no alfalfa sprouts. πŸ™ƒ

And then I realised I could GROW MY OWN!

I know, I was a little slow. It only took 15 years for that thought to sprout. πŸ”₯ Pun intended!! 😊

How often do we go without, thinking that's it, there is no other choice?

There's always choice.
That's probably the one thing we always have.

Alfalfa sprouts are just the example. Some scenarios are tougher to solve than GROW YOUR OWN.

BUT we always have choice. Get creative. Use that amazing brain of yours. Delve into the parts of it you haven't used in a while.

Make CHOICE shine like a halo πŸ˜‡ upon your head. Let it out of its cage. πŸ’₯

What are you going to do differently?
Today is the day.

#choice
#alfalfa
#growyourownfood
#freewill
#cathbrew
#brainpower
#feedmysoul
#innerguidance
#yougotthis
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When your support of the people you love becomes g When your support of the people you love becomes gaslighting. 

Watch BAREFOOT FRIDAY to find out what you're doing wrong.

When your support of the people you love becomes gaslighting.

Watch BAREFOOT FRIDAY to find out what you're doing wrong.
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Small delights to keep me going. I bought these a Small delights to keep me going.

I bought these a few days ago and it made me feel refreshed. I love ceramics and when I can't travel to find them in covid times, buying them locally hits the spot.

There are always little ways to feed your soul.

#ceramics
#feedmysoul
#soulfood
#selfhelp
#traveladdict 
#travelhome

Small delights to keep me going.

I bought these a few days ago and it made me feel refreshed. I love ceramics and when I can't travel to find them in covid times, buying them locally hits the spot.

There are always little ways to feed your soul.

#ceramics
#feedmysoul
#soulfood
#selfhelp
#traveladdict
#travelhome
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