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Yes or No?

“A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, 
or worse, to avoid trouble.”
Mahatma Gandhi

If you are searching the internet for advice on whether you should do something or not, you can get conflicting advice around those simple little words, “yes” and “no”.

Some people exhort you to say “Yes” to every opportunity.  Say yes rather than give in to that little voice of fear holding you back.  Say yes because you might not have this opportunity again.

Take Five with Emma Mapp

Emma Mappis a photographer and designer.
Initially a City lawyer, she lost her job at the height of the recession in 2009, declaring it now as “the best thing that could have happened to me”.  Giving up the law, Emma acted on a long-held dream to turn her passion for photography into her career.  In just over 6 years, she has become an award winning photographer, selling her own photos under the brand A Bit Off The Mapp.  She is due to launch her leather camera bag and camera strap range in May 2016, which uses her photography and design skills and is inspired by a pattern taken from an antique Chinese raw silk kimono that belonged to her great-grandmother.

It's Not About the Lipstick

Woman applying fuschia pink lipstick on Catching Fireworks blog about showing up

Some time ago, I did a webinar with the wonderful coach,Claire Meredith.  It was done in audio mode, with a few slides for reference, but no-one could actually see us.

A couple of hours before the webinar, Claire and I had a call to finalise last minute details and check out the technical stuff.  As this was done over Skype, we could see each other.

After the webinar, we had another Skype call to debrief and what do you know?  We saw that we had both put on lipstick for the webinar, even though we weren’t going to be seen by our listeners.

Decluttering for Spring

Tulips in the sun for Catching Fireworks blog on decluttering for Spring

This week, I stopped using my fabulous DKNY bag.  The bag is beautiful, a large tote bag in butter soft, golden tan leather with bold gold metal trimming.  It has several large sections and a pair of sturdy grab handles.  It is big enough to get everything I need in it.

So why have I stopped using it?

Because it is big enough to get everything I need in it.  The iPad, the reading glasses, the notebook, the makeup bag, the wallet, the phone, the keys, the pencil case, the umbrella, the camera, the tissues, the box of business cards, the hand cream, the sewing kit, the aspirins, the sunglasses… You get the idea.

Live Your Own Life

"One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead"
Oscar Wilde

Although I work chiefly with professional creatives, from time to time a client is referred to me from a more corporate background.  They usually come to me because they have a creative project they want to pursue - their starting point is often, "should I leave my job to write a novel, become a painter, become an actor....?" 

When we start talking, I find that although they have had successful careers as accountants, lawyers, administrators, etc.