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Want to be productive? Go to sleep! Blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard, Catching Fireworks

I was very interested to read anews story on the BBC some time ago about how we are becoming ignorant about sleep and its' importance to our well being.  

This is something I recognise both from my own experience and from my clients.

I used to be a 9 to 5 wage slave, getting up early every morning to make the morning commute from one side of London to the other.  There would then be the long working day, followed by a commute home and some socialising or work engagement.  I would get home late and have to be up at the same time next morning regardless of how much sleep I had had so that I could start the process again.

Take Five with Adele Watts

Adele Watts on Take Five blog for Catching Fireworks


Adele Watts  is a London based photographer. Graduating in 2004 from Southampton Solent University with a First Class honours degree in Photography, Adele has continued to enjoy extensive experience and success as a practitioner, developing personal projects alongside facilitating participatory photographic projects, both nationally and internationally. She is the founder ofDisposable, a photography collective and participatory project that aims to support people affected by homelessness through creative engagement with photography and art practice.

Regrets

Blog on Regrets by Deborah Henry-Pollard of Catching Fireworks

I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.
D. H. Lawrence


I recently came across anarticlefrom 2012.  Compiled by a nurse who counselled them in their final days, it is the top five regrets of the dying.

It was a moving list:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

A Lesson from Mike Smith

Photo of Mike Smith on Catching Fireworks blog

I was very sad to read of the death of Mike Smith last weekend.  I am of the age to remember waking up to and enjoying his breakfast show and also watching him on Top of the Pops.  In later years, I had also been aware and admiring of how he had reinvented himself with his companyFlyingTV, shooting stunning aerial footage from helicopters.

Reading the warm obituaries this week, there was one quote from him which jumped out at me:

"I got to 45 and some of the shows I was being offered as a presenter I didn't want to do," he said.

Questions

Questions blog on Catching Fireworks by Deborah Henry-Pollard

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
John Ciardi


My whole professional practice is built around questions.  

When a client and I work together, I always come to the process with the view that the client is knowledgeable and intelligent and has it within their power to solve their perceived problems or create their own opportunities.  So why do they need a coach?