The Bucket List

Bucket list – funny term  – It’s an abbreviation of ‘kick the bucket’. To die. Be gone…forever.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’?

I didn’t, because I think I’m semi-immortal.  I’m still fairly young in my minds eye, until of course I look in the mirror and see fine lines that seem to be getting deeper around the eyes, mini bags have appeared which no doubt will turn into supermarket trolleys and my upper eyelids are beginning to droop. There’s the odd facial hair that shouldn’t  be there  and the jowls are starting to sag and I use my thumbs and first two fingers of both hands to hoik it all up and convince myself I’d look better with a facelift. Awful isn’t it, saggy, baggy and droopy.  All very dowwwwn words, droopy words.

Anyway, I digress.  So, we’ve established that I’m all of the above and I reckon I’ve got 10 years until I run out of energy and enthusiasm to try something entirely out of my comfort zone, something I’ve never done before. So, my secret bucket list wish was,  I have always wanted to have my own coffee shop. I’ve searched for businesses for sale and lots of drifting off to sleep time has been spent planning my perfect coffee shop.  Decor, menus, colour schemes and so on, until I’m sick of so many varieties of sandwich filling and I can’t make up my mind what to fill my imaginary sandwiches with.  Anyway,  to cut a long story short, I have  just made my bucket wish list happen.  I’ve taken the plunge, committed myself into the unknown and actually just bought my coffee shop.  It’s scarey, its exciting, its challenging and flipping exhausting and I’m still having sleepless nights deciding which sandwich fillings to use.

But, I’ve done it.  So I’m kind of proud that I’ve  made it happen. The next thing on the BL, is a trip to the Maldives – so hopefully the profits from the coffee shop will pay for it.  Either that or a facelift.

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irene mc cullough
14th Nov 2013
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I have a few;
1 I want to see my 5 grandkids make it as doctors Linguists and sport. Geographic interests and 2 not decided yet.

Then I want to see them married

I really really want to travel through America

and I want to visit the cotswolds and visit The dales.
14th Nov 2013
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Thank you Helen for your heartwarming comment. Lovely to hear your story but sorry to hear the tearoom you loved closed down. My coffee shop (which I took over as an existing business) has a lovely feel to it, with art on the walls from local artists, which change monthly and lots of regular customers, with an outside terrace and on the harbour front, we too take time to chat and have a good banter with our customers and it really does pay off. People like to come and enjoy the ambience and an exchange of words and I for one, along with my lovely team, wouldn't have it any other way. If you'd like to have a look it's
14th Nov 2013
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We'll done for following your dream. After years of working with the public. I.e. Hairdressing, cosmetics,perfumery, small leathers (handbags) And fine costume jewellery, I was approached by a customer who asked me to come and work for her in her tearoom, and I found my niche. I loved it. I treated every day like a fresh chapter of a book listening to lonely peoples stories and hearing follow up stories from weekly customers. I was fortunate enough to work for a lady who understood people. However due to illness and a takeover of the business I got a new boss whose motto was bums on seats and move them on. Don't talk just take orders. Needless to say a thriving business that had queues to get in closed and I was redundant.
However the moral of my story is I became friends of three of my customers and they invited me to join their coffee afternoon on a Tuesday and for the last 6 years I have been sitting in a tearoom listening to stories and enjoying new friendships, what goes around comes around, and I thank God everyday for the chance of working in that wee tearoom. I hope you derive as much pleasure out of your business and I wish you every success.

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