Looking at the Old Year and the New

With Christmas fading into the background and New Years Day drawing to a close I finally find a second to write this blog. It was a busy festive season for me – there was work, family fun times and a lot of business planning. And I mean, a lot.

There’s a lot of research and work to be done if you want a loan application to be accepted. I’ve got through the credit check just fine and have started putting together the other wordy bits to go in after it. What’s been a little frustrating is that because it was Christmas time I didn’t have any help from Business Wales advisors. They’re hard working people so I’ll let them off but when you’re an eager business planner and need a second opinion you cant really ask your dog….

Our newest addition to the family, Gwen.

Or you can ask them. It’s just that you’re not going to get much sense out of their barking.

I should have the application in by the end of the week either way. At least thats what I’m hoping. Early next week is fine too. I also have plans to go see a premises in town next week. I wont tell you where it is because I don’t know if its the one and theres so many variables working in this. I’m trying to take one step at a time and rein myself in a little. I have a tendency to get in front of myself quite often. But I suppose that’s okay really, if I didn’t have that drive I wouldn’t have made it this far!

Reflecting back on 2018, I feel a mixture of sadness and pride. It was a difficult year, many things happened that broke my heart. One of the worst was the sudden death of our beautiful cocker spaniel, Bonnie. She was fine on the Thursday and by the following Monday, she’d gone. Only 9 years old and still bouncing about like a pup we never thought she’d go so early. You might think me silly for getting emotional over a dog, but many of you will know how much a part of the family they are.

No matter how many times I tidied the sofa, she’d always mess it up again for her bed. RIP, my girl.

Now the pride comes from myself. I look back and think “My god, I survived all that?” I never knew I could be so strong. I knew I was a stubborn and un-wielding but that? Then theres this glorious and amazing path I’ve set myself on. I’ve not only tackled my mental health but I’ve found something I want to do that fills me with passion and purpose.

I just cant wait to be there, in my shop – providing you with all the single-use plastic free products you’ll ever need (well, mostly. 😂 Meat and cheese aren’t easy and wont be featured in the first year). You might catch me doing a little dance sometimes, I ask in advance that you forgive my poor attempts – I’m not gifted in the art of the dance. But that wont stop me.

So 2019 is going to be great. I have exciting business things to do, I’ll be exploring different food things (different for me, the life of frozen food and sweets isn’t one I plan to continue – for health reasons and plastic ones) and I’ll also be continuing to chip away at my use of plastics and the amount of waste I produce at home.

So much to look forward to.

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