Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A sprint towards the finish line


The last few months have been filled and the last weeks in particular have been crammed to bursting.

Right now my days are filled with linen and Liberty.  Tissue paper and postage bags and weekends filled with fairs.

Interspersed, of course, with all the family stuff, that end of term flurry, Sports Day and Leaver Service.

Amongst all of the chaos there have been some wonderful moments and as I look back on the last year (because it would seem that the child within me is never quite able to move on from pacing myself according to the academic year) I feel a flutter of pride and happiness over some of my very own achievements.

In June I made time to attend the Not On The High Street partners meeting and I felt truly part of something.  It was very apparent that the majority of Not On The High Street businesses are run by women and it was incredibly empowering to be amongst all those creative, passionate and inspiring women.  Being in that room felt like a marvellous validation of my business, it made it feel so very real.  As I review my year I cannot quite believe how far I have come and, as a result of that, how much further I have set my sights.

Holly and Sophie, the founders of Not On The High Street, have written a business book.  I placed it on pre-order weeks ago, but then, to my delight, I received an unexpected signed copy.  So, I have a spare book to give away.  Let me tell you, it is a very good book.  There is plenty of excellent business advice and information but what strikes me in particular is that this is very much a book for women, the information is pertinent to both sexes but will particularly inspire women.  It will make you want to do things and tell you how to do them.

So what are you waiting for?  Do you have a kernel of an idea?  An itch that needs scratching?  Are you ready to jump in head first?  If you would like the opportunity to win a copy of Build a Business from Your Kitchen Table  , just leave me a comment on this post and I will pop the names in a hat.  You can tell me about your business dreams and wishes if you like or keep it quiet if you prefer.

And I have to tell you, that all of these pictures are taken on my very own kitchen table.  The place where I wrap my orders, feed my family, photograph products, help with homework, chat with friends and make wishes and dreams.

I will leave comments open until next Wednesday, 25th July.

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Sunday evening in Suffolk

The sun stayed late and warmed our skin as we sat outside and gazed across the wheat field.  We slowly sipped wine and laughed at the antics of the trampolining children.


The evening sunlight rendered the ordinary more beautiful, tenfold.  Summer nights like these have been few and far between this year and we soaked up every second.

From the crooked red tiled rooftops,

to the cricket whites on the line.

The air heavy with the scent of honeysuckle and rose.

Dogs made playful by the cooling day.

The last golden rays of sunlight crept indoors and warmed the corners of our lives.


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