This will be my last blog post of the year and as the year is coming to a close, I thought I'd reflect back at all the changes that have happened to me and the reasons why I started this vintage journey.
|Village-Vintage - July|
I had worked at the same place for the past 10 years in one role or another until I became Sales Manager 4 years ago. I have to admit that I probably should have left years ago but with the climate the way it was, I was lucky to have a job and it was ok. I worked with some nice people, it was easy because I'd been doing it for so long etc etc. There had been lots of ups and downs but it was managable. That all changed in January 2012 when a new General Manager came on board. From then on it was hell and I knew my days were numbered even though I had no proof and I was starting to sound incredibly paranoid. You know though don't you when something isn't right and when I had to start training people in ALL my jobs and giving away my responsibilities to other members of staff, I definitely knew. Still I clung on though as after 10 years I was virtually institutionalised and had had my confidence knocked so much that I didn't feel anywhere else would want me. Basically I wasn't good enough for this job, how on earth was I going to be hired anywhere else?
|The Country Brocante - Oct|
In September I found out that I wasn't going to be able to take it any further so I had to suck it up and move on with my life.
|Ditchling Vintage Fair - Oct|
had my vintage to fall back on. Without it, I think my situation could have been a lot worse and I would have struggled to gain any confidence or perspective. Don't get me wrong, I have had some very down days when I haven't wanted to get out of bed and days when I have doubted everything about myself but the vintage and everyone associated with it has helped pull me back in one way or another.
I finally feel as though I have found my sense of belonging. I feel that this is what I was obviously destined to do and even though I had to go through a rough time to get here, I'm so glad I did. I have met some wonderful people who won't know just how much they have helped me. They have though, by accepting me for me and not judging. I am doing something I love and vintage makes me very happy, buying, selling, all of it. It really has changed my life and without wanting to sound too dramatic, I finally feel like the person I was and am. I'm not the person who cries in the morning because they don't want to go to work, I'm not the person who can't bear to be with anyone apart from Mark on my days off because I have to preserve my energy to go into work the next day and get through the day. I'm not the person who doesn't trust anyone because I think they're going to stab me in the back and finally I'm not the stressed, unhappy person I was.
|Village Vintage - Nov|
So what are my plans for next year? Well, I'm going to have a long hard think over the Christmas break and either commit fully to this or keep it as a hobby. I think I already know the answer but I just need to make sure I know where I'm heading. I'm also going to be unleashing more of my creative side by trying my hand at different crafty things. I loved decorating the mug so Mark and I are both going to be doing that and I have a Felt Fox kit that I'm going to have a go at. I'm also going to start baking once a month. I LOVE cakes but never make them so I thought why not next year try my hand at a different recipe every month. I used to love baking with my mum when I was a little girl so why not give it a try now.
|Vintage and Handmade Fair - Dec|
I really can't wait to see what next year brings and on a final note there is one person that I would like to thank in true Oscar speech style and that is my wonderful, patient husband who really has been so supportive and without whom I would never have had the confidence to attend my first ever vintage fair back in July at Village-Vintage. He completely and unconditionally supported me and my decision to leave my job because he could see what it was doing to me and he allowed me to follow my dreams. He is a very special man who doesn't even mind sometimes being the butt of my jokes on this blog!
Actually on one final, final note, thank you to everyone who has read my blog and for all your comments, I love writing it and I am looking forward to sharing more of my journey with you in 2013.
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY VINTAGY NEW YEAR! Xxx