It's fair to say that the last 6 months have been quite a whirlwind - in a good way! I made the decision at the end of 2018 to take Voluntary Redundancy from my office job, where I had worked for 20 years! Unleash the Chic was established in 2015 and since then it is something I have been working on in the evenings and at weekends, so this gave me the opportunity to at last achieve my dream of being able to focus on my business.
It has been a huge step as the move from employed to being self-employed is quite scary! Looking back I took for granted the benefits like Annual Leave, sick leave, a pension etc, so that is the only downside to being self-employed.
I left my office job in February and had an odd feeling that I was waiting for something, but wasn't quite sure what. Then, in week 3, the opportunity to become a partner in The Crafty Collective came up. This is a collaboration of 5 local businesses joining together opening a shop in Bridgwater's Angel Place Shopping Centre. I have to say that I absolutely love being part of this, and working with other like minded people is a priviledge. We all support and encourage each other to achieve goals and I am so proud to be part of this venture. Please pop along if you're local to Bridgwater. I may be biased but it is a truely unique shop with so many unique gifts and goodies, that you're bound to enjoy your visit! :)
My life may have changed from the 9-5 grind, but I now probably work many more hours than I used to! But I use the term 'work' loosely, as to me, this isn't work, this is simply me having the opportunity to do something I am passionate and enjoy so much.
With the beginning of 2019 being so eventful and unexpected, I am looking forward to see what happens next. I have to give a little shout out to my husband who puts up with coming home to new 'delights' stored in the hallway / kitchen / anywhere where's there's a space! The build of my new workshop in the garden starts next week, which is also very exciting, and will hopefully give me the opportunity to reclaim some of my home as a home again, rather than a furniture shop! :) I will keep you posted of the workshop development!