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Best friends

Best friends

Has it really been two months since I moved my business back home.. ! Where has that time gone..? Now that is just Lola and I (for those who’ve not met Lola.. she’s my doorbell 😂 and my gorgeous 4 legged friend!) I worried it would be lonely.. but it’s absolutely far from it!!

When I used to work on my own  pre 2012, most of my friends were still working, but I had a great network of school mums who’d always be up for a cuppa or 4.. usually turning into a glass of wine if you were at Katherines house 😂 

But that’s changed now, my boys are all grown up, there are no school runs to get me out of the house, and so less wine and coffee being consumed..

Now I have Lola to get me up and out.. and I have the best business friends a girl could wish for.. and together we regularly meet up so there’s always something to look forward to.. this gorgeous picture of @joannabespokeverse and I was taken at last weeks congregationofinspiration run by the amazing Holly & Co where we met up with so many hugely talented and inspirational business owners.. and later today I’m traveling to Salisbury to spend a whole weekend with some of my business besties for a weekend of creative energy and wine of course 🍷..

I hope what ever your doing this weekend it’s full of fun and laughter.. 🌸

Do you believe in fate?

Do you believe in fate?

It’s hard to imagine sometimes what it would be like if the things you chose in life that didn’t end up happening became a reality.. or that if when things go wrong and you choose a different path was that path set for a reason.. ?
Do you believe in fate and things happening for a reason?! I do!
Practically a year ago today I made one of my hardest business decisions ever.. I had spent 3 months trying to complete on the lease of this beautiful premises.. it would have given me a shop that I’d always dreamt of, a lovely bright studio and the added bonus was it was Instagram heaven.. so many gorgeous nooks and crannies and stained glass.. But there were so many issues with the landlord, my solicitor and the agent that I became increasingly worried what being in a 5 year lease would be like.. on top they had also wanted a personal guarantee so if my business failed i would personally be liable.. they tried to use timescales and thinking I had no choice to get me to agree to things I wasn’t comfortable with, and one day I woke up and realised I couldn’t go through with it.. costing me thousands of pounds to pull out, but ultimately the right decision.. it’s taken me until now to even be able to even drive past it.. a part of me still wonders what could have been.. but I would have been on a different path to where I am now and it’s crazy how the choices I’ve made this year are worlds apart from growing my business in the way I was thinking last year.. but the good news is, it really was the right decision.. who knew at that time the challenges that lied ahead for retail both online and in shops.. it’s heartbreaking to walk through Brighton at the moment and see all the closed shops.. my time will come one day.. ❤️
Huge changes are afoot..

Huge changes are afoot..

Yesterday marked my first day as no longer being an employer.. a decision I made after almost selling my business as my business had started to run me rather than me running it.. but I realised at the bottom of everything there was still a passion and a desire which had just been burnt out..

So instead I decided to downsize the business, bring it back home and run it without a team.. so interesting times ahead, but I’m filled with excitement again.

I’m not sure what the future holds but a new chapter has began. 
Thank you to my gorgeous hubbie for being so thoughtful and buying me these lovely sunflowers to mark the occasion ❤️