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The 'Best' is Now

A cup of tea in a china cup with a flower and notebook

When I was a child, my Mum always wanted me to save some things 'for best'; the smartest clothes, the shiniest shoes, the best china, etc.

In some ways, there is some sense to this.  If you are going for an important meeting or event, it is probably sensible to have a set of clothes that are smarter, tidier, than usual, as it is said it only takes 3 seconds to make a first impression.  But hang on... I know plenty of times when people have met an important new connection in the most random of circumstances; having to share a table in a coffee shop, sitting next to them on a train, even on one occasion when trapped in a lift!

A One Minute Meditation

We are all rushing about so much and have so any calls on our attention that it can be almost overwhelming.  There is lots of advice about mindfulness and meditation for calming the mind, but what if you feel you don’t have the time to either learn these techniques or to put them into action afterwards?

In 2011, I attended the Association of Coaching’s annual conference where we were taught a fabulous technique by mindfulness trainer,Michael Chaskalson.  It is not only effective, but better yet, it takes very little time to learn and only 1 minute to do at times of stress, overwhelm, panic or when you want to bring your mind back to calm.

Take Five with Amy Enticknap

Amy Enticknapis an Actor and Producer with a brand new theatre company,The Saturday Matinee Company.  This is a ‘no frills’ theatre company, providing high quality bitesized theatre for anyone, from regular theatre goers to those who need persuading.  SatMatCo offers something different for Oxford’s Saturday shopper or visitor – an hour of your time to see a new play, performed by professional actors, using only basic set and props.  Their first production was a huge success and tickets are already selling very well for their next production, "Connie's Colander", which is part of the Oxford Fringe.

Make Your Own Luck

Photo of highways on blog for Catching Fireworks on making your own luck

As you will tell from my website, I am very hot on you finding your vision and then putting into place the plans to reach that vision.

This gives the impression that the trajectory is a straight line: you start at point A and put in place all the steps as far ahead as you can see on the way to point Z.  And that is exactly what you should do, even if you can only see your next 3 or 4 actions.

However, when you finally get to point Z and look back, you will probably find that instead of a lovely straight road, your route was more roundabout and very different to what you had expected.

Tips for Getting Through Creative Blocks

From today, and throughout May, I will be passing on some of the tips which my Take Five guest bloggers have given on how to deal with creative blocks.  In addition, I also include tips from clients and from my own practice.  These will all be onTwitter.

We’ve all had those moments when we've looked at a literal or metaphorical a blank canvas and haven't known how to start.  Or had that moment halfway through a project when it just isn't working but you don't know where to go next.