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Imagination, from the A-Z blogs by Deborah Henry-Pollard of Catching Fireworks

When you can imagine you begin to create and when you begin to create you realize that you can create a world that you prefer to live in, rather than a world that you're suffering in.
Ben Okri

When I was a child, my Mother had a couple of nicknames for me.  One was Dolly Daydream, the other, Dream of Delight.  Both were used because of my habit of sitting quietly and going off into my own little world.  I was an avid reader and when I put my book down, I would take what I had read and make up my own stories.


There's no life without humour. It can make the wonderful moments of life truly glorious, and it can make tragic moments bearable.

Rufus Wainwright

How many times, at a serious or upsetting moment, have you heard someone say, "one day, we will laugh about this"?  Or if you have felt down in the dumps, you have turned to a favourite funny film or television programme to cheer yourself up?

Humour is one of those things which is often taken for granted.  Or we can be accused of not taking something seriously just because we make a joke or take an off slant view of a situation.


One's performance is often heightened by the brilliance and generosity of other actors.
Cyril Cusack

How many times have you found that your work or career has been taken to another level, or just made a little easier, by the generosity of others?

It could have been a practical act such as: giving you a piece of information; showing you how to do some technical thing in a more effective way; introducing you to a useful contact.
It could have been giving you their time to: talk through your ideas; come to see your work; read your book.


Fear, part of the A-Z blogs by Deborah Henry-Pollard for Catching Fireworks

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
Eleanor Roosevelt


This is one of the most frequent topics which comes up when I am coaching.  Fear of not succeeding, not getting things "right", not meeting peoples' expectations, looking foolish, not being smart/stylish/funny enough.... I'm sure you can think of a few more.

I could certainly give you a run down of things that I have been frightened of, but as Eleanor Roosevelt pointed out, if you can get a body of experience behind you, it is surprising what you can do.

Take Five with Joanne Henson

Joanne Henson's Take Five blog for Catching Fireworks
Joanne Hensonis a health, fitness and wellness coach who works with you to find the best way to alter your mindset around food and exercise.  She has written two excellent books covering all the reasons we give ourselves for why we "can't" get fit or eat well which are both filled with great advice and good sense.  Joanne doesn't force you into squat thrusts or endless lettuce, just shows you how to get healthier on your terms.  I have been working with her since mid-January and have completely changed the way I view food, making healthier choices but still eating the things I love.