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Take Five with Emma de Polnay



Emma de Polnay lives and works in Brighton as an artist, designer and MD of My Special PA.

Emma studied art at Wimbledon Art School, did a degree in fine art at Kingston University, and an MA in design for Film and Television.  She worked for over 10 years as a set designer and art director for the Film and TV industry before creating a business she truly loves whilst re-discovering her passion for drawing and painting.  She now runs the two strands of her career side by side.

Nothing's Impossible



“Impossible is not a fact.
Impossible is an opinion.
Impossible is nothing.”

Natasha Mundkar


I was watching the memorial service for Muhammad Ali last week and amidst the other moving speeches and eulogies, a young woman,Natasha Mundkar, spoke of how Ali had affected her life.  The quote above particularly struck me.

So often, we are told, or we tell ourselves, that something is impossible and many of us stop at that point.  We just write something off and perhaps have a low level regret for the rest of our lives that we never did that ‘impossible’ thing.

Step Into The Fear




A few months ago, I signed up to go on a coaches’ retreat.  It was going to be an intimate group, about 6-8 people, coaches of all levels of experience.

In the confirmation email, the course leaders offered an “experimental space”, the opportunity for participants to try out a coaching tool they hadn’t tried before, wanted to refine or get feedback on.  My first reaction, as I quickly shut down the email message, was that there was no way I was going to stand up in front of my peers and deliver a session, especially one which wasn’t tried and tested.

Some Stuff We Know, Some Stuff We Don't



It can be very easy to judge people against your own experiences.  It is even easier to judge yourself against others’.  This more than often comes out negatively, especially when it comes to our own self esteem.  There can be a part of us which feels like we should know everything.  One of the hardest things to realise, often because we just don’t think about it, is that we all have different experiences, know different things.

I was reminded of this recently with a story from my days in theatre administration.

Just Start Running



When people come to me for coaching, it is usually because they want something to change.

I know from my own experience when I first went to a coach I was desperate to change my career.  My focus was very much on “running away” from my then current situation.  It was a great place to begin.  In fact, it was the only place to begin because I couldn’t see any other viewpoint.  Importantly, it was a major motivation to get me moving, even though I didn’t know where I was going.

As the coaching progressed, my viewpoint was expanded and options became available to me.