Lessons from a sofa

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On Monday I was once again at Draycote Water, which has become one of my favourite summer coaching venues. While I was surrounded by nature, one of my clients sent me this photo of a sofa at the spa she’s currently at. It looks a bit like a posh hay bale, and comes complete with authentic leaves down the back of the cushions. Apparently there are several of these sofas around the spa, but people weren’t really sitting on them. Because they are prickly.

It struck me that there were a couple of worthwhile lessons to take from this.

1) It is good to take time out for yourself – ensuring that you are paying regular attention to your psychological and physical wellbeing is really important. It’s not selfish unless all you ever think about is yourself.

2) There is sometimes a big difference between what you think will be good for other people and what will actually be good for them. It is useful to ask rather than assume.

3) Things that look nice are not always nice to have. Perception is not the same as reality. This third point was also one of the significant takeaways that my client took away from Monday morning’s session.

There you go, lessons from a ‘quirky’ sofa.

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd

A tale of sleep hygiene

IMG_8256Me: I’m so tired; I’m going to collapse into bed and sleep for a few days

Me: *gets into bed*

Me: I wonder if I should buy a Pranamat

Me: I haven’t checked my email for the last ten minutes; better rectify that

Me: How do I get A to appreciate that when I say ‘can you please do X’ I don’t mean in three years’ time (and counting)

Me: If I get those things ticked off my to-do list now then I’ll be ahead for tomorrow

Me: I’m hungry

Me: oooh new Instagram posts

Me: Sleep is for wimps, right?


Note to self: Practise better sleep hygiene
Note to readers: #doasisaynotasido

(Nope coaster by @gemmacorrell)

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd

Make your own happiness

Happy International Happiness Day everyone. There’s one photo here for the hopeful and optimistic, and one for the cynics among you, courtesy of Modern Toss (that’s most of the people I know, then).

The serious message: don’t expect things or others to give you happiness. You’ve got to create your own. You, and only you, are responsible for your happiness.

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd