Posts by Sally Vanson

Neighbours

Do not judge me for I did not Dig up and relay your gravel drive Block your drains Leave my car on your land Tell others to park on your land Cause a rumpus with the electricity board.   Do not judge me for I did Try to talk to you Stand up for myself…

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Village Life

A fresh breeze swept in from the sea. The view that never bored in sixty years. Its  shapes and colours responsive to every shift in the weather and the time of day. Change was fast. Vivienne, designer of the village tea towel (adjectives in royal blue, skipping around a crisp white background, describing an idyllic…

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The Dog’s Voice, Carpe Diem

The sea mist was swirling around the marsh, pulling everything into its damp cloud. Coco bounded up to Carmel, her four puppy legs still unbalanced. She panted the eager panting, typical of an exuberant Weimaraner. Underneath her startling yellow eyes, her open mouth, turned up lips and crinkled cheeks, gave the appearance of a human…

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Executive Reflection

In a bid to offer service to all, I have moved coaching forward into the realm of Executive Reflection. So many clients are finding the structure of ‘pure’ coaching stressful as they are already overloaded with a need for responsibility and accountability. That caused me to think a of a new route where I would…

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Retreat in the Yorkshire Dales

I have just returned from a week’s writing retreat at The Garsdale Retreat, a creative writing centre in the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales, where I enjoyed the peace, the sunshine, the spring lambs and the daffodils. The Garsdale Retreat provides inspirational courses tutored by professional writers, enabling participants to develop their…

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Feeling squashed!

A couple of days ago I was out with a group of people and I ended up feeling ‘squashed’. It was very unpleasant. Two people in the group are very extreme extrovert. One of them interrupted me every time I spoke until I just stopped speaking as she very clearly needed the group attention more…

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Autumnal coaching on the beach

On a chilly, thankfully dry, very right, autumnal day I met a coachee this week on the North Norfolk coast. The cheerful beach huts with their bright paintwork and assorted stripes, spots and stars gazed at us, adding colour to our day as we made our way to our chosen spot – a newly converted…

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What is Sandplay

I am often asked about Sandplay and how it is used in personal coaching sessions. Sandplay works through the use of active imagination and creative symbolic play and is a practical, tool that helps you create a bridge from the conscious to the unconscious mind, from the mental and spiritual to the physical daily understanding…

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Do I need a Coach Supervisor?

Yes, yes, yes! If your clients keep you awake at night and you find you are getting emotionally involved, if your clients appear to have the same issues as you do, if you are concerned about consistently meeting professional coaching standards, if you need ongoing professional development, if you need guided reflection, if you want…

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Parisot Literature Festival

I have just returned from the Parisot literature festival which is a wondrous, eclectic and bilingual collaboration of a French and English literature showcase in the South of France. The whole village gets involved in hosting the author sessions, the gastronomic delights of lunches and dinners with the authors and the mouthwatering provision of refreshments…

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