Week one is now in the books. A massive 'thank you' to our friends and family for offering their congratulations; and to our neighbours for welcoming us with such warmth.
We'd timed our opening with a few key dates mind: Candytown - our neighbourhood's local Christmas festival; and (of course) Black Friday. Needless to say, it's been an eventful and emotional week!
Since the opening, there have been those moments of triumph where the possibilities seem limitless. And there have been those moments of doubt where you cannot help but question your own decision-making. I find that I'm giving myself the occasional pep talk using the kind of advice we've all heard a thousand times: keep a level head; don't get too high and don't get too low; it's a marathon, not a sprint; make a plan and stick to it;
Expect the unexpected
has to be the cliche that has rung most true. We'd spent hours planning for all sorts of scenarios, but it was obviously impossible to be 100% prepared. Plans that were once set in stone became uncertain and ideas that were once considered long shots became sure things. These are things that reveal themselves only after you 'dive in'.
Repeat after me: Be agile. Be adaptable. Be solution-hungry. Everything will be just fine.