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Take Five with Zanna Evans

Zanna Evans harpist Take Five on Catching Fireworks blog

Zanna Evansbegan playing piano from the age of four but her passion for the harp was sparked whilst watching a harp competition at the age of nine.  Since 2004 Zanna has been freelancing, performing with various orchestras and choral societies as well as at weddings across the UK. She has played in a variety of venues including  The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The Cobden Club and The Troubador.  Zanna is also a teacher who passionately believes in a creative approach to learning and inspiring anyone who wants to play.


Patience, a blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard on Catching Fireworks blog

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
Arnold H. Glasow

Often in my blogs, I am inviting you totake actionor not to wait untilsomething is perfectbefore you attempt something.  Today, I am going to contradict myself and tell you to have patience.

Actually, it isn't a contradiction, just an awareness that even in this age of instant gratification, some things still take time, like hatching a chicken, creating an orchard, breeding a new species of rose or producing a fine single malt whiskey.


Optimism a blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard on Catching Fireworks website

I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. 
After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. 
It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.
Peter Ustinov

This may seem a strange quote to start a blog on optimism.  After all, as a coach, shouldn't I be telling you that the world is a wonderful place, everyone is lovely, nothing will ever go wrong and thinking happy thoughts will make happy things happen?

I remember reading Ustinov's quote in his autobiography when I was a teenager.

Taking Time Out

Taking Time Out blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard; 3 people in deckchairs

I have a plethora of friends and contacts who are currently going to, returning from or planning holidays to the Seychelles, Crete, Cambodia, the Lake District…  Whether you are off to Bermuda or Brighton, or having a staycation, it is important to take some time out to recharge the batteries.  But if you are self employed, it is often hard to convince yourself that you can afford (either in time or money) to take time off.  And if, like me, you really love what you do, it is difficult to notice how much you are working.


Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
Wayne Dyer

Like many people, I was saddened by the recent, much too early death of Rik Mayall.  He had been a great part of my growing up years and was only a year older than me.  It makes one pause.

I have been working with several clients recently who have all been putting things off.  They are waiting of the right time, the right circumstances, the right skills, the right …. well, we all do it so put in your reason here for not doing the thing you really want to do.