Loving Life, People and What Next..... 1
Every cloud has a silver lining and when I lost my premises and home to Eva's World and Cafe Be suddenly in early February I was truly devastated. I'd put blood, sweat and lots of tears into keeping it going for the benefit of the community it had brought together. I loved what it became and from the responses when it shut so did many others.
I've spent the past few months gathering my thoughts, getting my head round things, understanding my new life. No ties of going into work everyday. No constant friendly faces to keep me smiling every day. I've had to find myself a life outside of the shop and to my horror I've actually attended playgroups!
( To be honest they weren't as bad as I thought. I think I could even say I enjoyed some them)
So I've been spending lots of time with these crazies and have loved it but how have I managed with the work life balance? Am I now a 'WAHM' ? (work at home Mum for those who haven't heard this before)
Lots of people have asked what I'm doing now. ( Thank you everyone of you who has asked or sent messages, I love that you care)
I've been busy, very busy. I had loads to sort out from the sudden closure of the physical location and then I continued selling things online. I thought I'd be quiet with nothing to do but in true 'Christina' style I carried on plugging away. You've kept me very busy selling bits online still and I'm so grateful.
I haven't found it easy though, in fact I've struggled. Who is this person now? Finding myself all over again at the age of 36 is something I didn't expect to do. I'm not the party animal I used to be before children. ( she's still in there though ) I'm a Mummy and a Wife and I'm back to where I started with the business 6 years ago.
Or am I?
I've learnt a lot about business, politics, game playing and most of all about people. I've been hurt by people I would never have expected to have been hurt by but it's taught me to keep those close to you even closer. Love the ones you love even more. The people that have stood by me and kept me smiling are precious and you know who you are, I can't thank you enough.
I now think about what I've achieved and smile, it's taken me a while to be proud of what I've done. It's not about making millions, a few pennies wouldn't go a miss but it's not about the money in business for me. It's the people. It's you!
I love seeing people, supporting people, making people smile, listening to people and being there when you need me. Being a parent truly is one of the hardest jobs going and if I can help in anyway with that then that makes me happy. I know what I want to do, you have given me a reason to look at reopening. To offer a haven, a safe place, your youth centre for Mummies ( and Daddies, grandparents, careers) and to make you smile. I've found a passion and am currently undertaking a mental health qualification.
Eva's World is now a Community Interest Company and we are working behind the scenes on what that means. I'm invested in the parents of Plymouth, I'm invested in your mental health and wellbeing and I'm invested in bringing together others to support you in your parenting journey.
Sorry if I've waffled but I have to get it out of my head sometimes.......
If you feel you'd like to be involved in what's happening, give me a shout.
Christina, proud Mummy, Wife, Business Owner and happy person : )