Advent Calendar 2018

IMG_0746IMG_0747IMG_0748Over December 2018 I did a special Instagram series – an alternative Advent calendar, because often all you need to give your life more meaning is to do things for other people without expecting anything in return, and to be thankful for everything that you have been blessed with.

1st – warmth
2nd – reconciliation
3rd – reading
4th – gentleness
5th – outdoors
6th – colour
7th – music
8th – time
9th – appreciation
10th – rest
11th – welcome
12th – light
13th – connection
14th – perspective
15th – support
16th – fellowship
17th – gratitude
18th – peace
19th – vulnerability
20th – whimsy
21st – impact
22nd – make a wish
23rd – love
24th – angels

Head on over to to catch up on what you missed.

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd

Mindfulness and serendipity

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“Old sins cast a long shadow.”

I’m thinking about long-running negative repercussions of things. It’s a slightly unfortunate turn of thought, mainly because I’m sitting in a McDs in Stratford out of the rain while waiting for my son to finish his 11+ examination, about which I think I’ve been more worried than him this morning. If this were a test of mindfulness this would probably be my Becher’s Brook.

I’m reminding myself that if he doesn’t get through then it’s most likely the case that grammar school isn’t the right place for him. I find myself worrying, however, that if he doesn’t score well it will hit him hard – despite our always having consciously sought to teach him that your value doesn’t hinge on your achievements.

‘I think ‘failure’ and disappointment are lessons that it’s better to learn earlier in life. But just as instructive is the lesson that although some things may well haunt you late into life, exam results don’t need to fall into that category (incidentally, neither does redundancy, not getting the job, and other assorted career disappointments).

Whatever happens in life, what makes the real and lasting difference is what you learn from the experience and how you grow from it. All of us have a path to create, which, when we look back at it, might not remotely resemble any of our carefully-laid plans. But that’s the beauty of life – the magic of the things that happen when we are seeking other things. Serendipity 🙂

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd

Values card sorting


rsz_img_8432At a coaching session on Monday morning we made use of this card sorting activity. It’s an enjoyable hands-on exercise that can often help bring clarity to the values that are important for you to have in your work.

It’s been years since I did this exercise myself, so I thought I’d see what had changed in the interim. It was very affirming to discover how much my work at the moment aligns with everything that is very important to me.

Life is short. Do what you love. And if your work isn’t currently bringing you satisfaction, drop me a line.

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd