Life changes and other news…

wild and leesSo. It used to be that no change in our life was left undocumented on the blog. Kids’ first day at school. There it is, in all it’s slightly neurotic glory. Holidays abroad. We wouldn’t shut up about them.  But as the kids have got older, work demands have taken over, and the blog has stopped being our first port of call when something happens. Which is why we haven’t told you about…
Our new wine shop! 
Crazy huh? It’s not actually mine and Lucy’s. If truth be told, it’s not really mine at all. It’s my husband’s. He left his job doing something complicated and dull in the advertising industry to fly by the seat of his pants and start a wine shop in our little part of South London.
It opened at the beginning of November and the whole thing has been a huge thrill. While it’s been finding its feet I’ve stopped working. Ostensibly to help, but more specifically to get under Mr McDonald’s feet. I think he’s found my innate ability to add stress to every situation extremely helpful. 
There are many things which opening a new business teaches you. The first is that just because you and your husband get on quite well most of the time, this will not necessarily be enhanced by working together. The second is that when someone doesn’t ask for your advice on the name of the business, the colour of the logo, or elements of what it is going to stock, then the chances are they are not going to take that advice when it is offered. On the up side, it may turn out that your husband is actually incredibly competent and capable, and pretty much everything they do is right, and their business is a rip-roaring success. Admittedly, this is an upside with very little ‘I told you so’ capacity, which is frustrating, but probably for the best in the long run.
But really. On a more serious note. This has been one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. Liam leaving his job was really scary. But it was essential for his happiness. It felt like stepping off a cliff but the reception has been so positive, so welcoming and so busy that we know already it was the right thing to do. Now, I’m not going to write a blog post on following your dreams, partly because these are Liam’s dreams. But, I think we shouldn’t ignore our dreams, assume that because they are so exciting, interesting and appealing, they could only ever remain a dream. A sensible dream substantiated by a well-thought out business plan shouldn’t be dismissed. 

9 Comments

  1. So utterly inspiring Claire! You have been so brave both of you. Congratulations!! Beautifully written piece. And I hope the wine shop brings you all that you have dreamt for and more…

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    • Thanks Agni! It’s already improved our lives immeasurably! So exciting.
      xx

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  2. What a good idea! Does Liam dispatch wine to, say, Tonbridge in Kent? Or do I have to come to London? Best of luck with it anyway.

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    • Thanks Angus. Come to London! It would be so nice to see you. xx

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  3. Congratulations! How exciting. I’m just down the road in ED, so will be sure to pop in.

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    • Yay! Do. Come next Wednesday, we’ve got a big event which should be FUN! Check out most recent blog post.
      xx

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  4. Sounds great. Hope you will be stocking Brilliant Gin soon. Good luck in your new venture.

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    • Looks gorgeous! Will tell Liam about it. x

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  5. Amazing post. So thrilled for you. We need to get together xxx

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