Have you ever woken up one morning and wondered why, despite all the trappings of an average twenty first century life, you feel something is missing? That whilst you feel you race just as fast as the other rats you never seem to get any nearer the finishing line? If good jobs,nice cars,foreign holidays and new clothes are the aim of those who live in the wealthy West, then why is our satisfaction with them not complete? Three years ago, following a series of unfortunate events, we asked ourselves these questions and decided to throw away our metaphorical running shoes. Did we really want to spend the rest of our lives pursuing goals that, quite frankly, did not make us happy? So we changed things! Surprisingly to many we have chosen to downshift without moving house. Our little town in Lincolnshire has just the right mix of shops and other facilities that enable us to flourish,despite a reduction in income. In short, to live well on less. Less money certainly but also less worry and less stress, more peace of mind and certainly more satisfaction. Being Creative charts our successes and shares our setbacks. We do not profess to be any sort of experts but in recording our experiences in this way we sincerely hope to give others the confidence to have a go at being creative themselves.