A time for passion

mier_prod-1 greenThe point has come where, as a friend said recently, I now have to take the leap.  It’s been so much fun planning, thinking things through, developing ideas, finding the perfect premises, having meetings with interested people who can help me, and basking in the enthusiasm of friends and pretty much everyone I’ve talked to.  Now I have to do the grown-up bits – all the legal, financial and other business stuff.  I’m feeling a bit dizzy.

But I have all the people I need, and now just need to organise myself – accountant, solicitor, wonderful property adviser and negotiator, and am on the verge of registering my business.  When that is done, I will be able to set up a bank account and start accumulating funds. So watch this space re the launching of shares…

But it’s a juggling act to get everything done in the right order, or in an order where it all dovetails and brings about the result I want – a little secondhand bookshop that people will love and where they can come to browse, relax, write, think, to hear talks and music, learn crafts, watch films, hear stories, meet each other.  People of all ages and backgrounds.

It’s this vision (and a lovely, particularly supportive friend!) that is keeping me going through the scary times, the sleepless nights, the sense of unreality that someone like me can be doing this.

The path is a little stony at the moment, and is winding its way uphill after a good stretch on the flat, but at least it’s a clear path with an end in sight.  And the view is generally better from the top of a hill.

The passion remains undimmed!

A steady climb

mier_prod-1 greenWell, today has been quite a day – meetings with a property adviser and with a business account manager at the bank.  Both were enthusiastic, kind and fabulously helpful.  Somehow I feel drained this evening though – inevitably, I suppose, now that the harsh reality of getting together all the financial, legal and other business aspects is becoming more critical.  Ideas are fun, planning is fun, the excitement is undimmed – but I now feel as though I am about to scale the north face of the Eiger, though I know the view will be worth it when I get there!

At least after today I know what I have to do, in much clearer terms than I did before, and if I take it a step at a time I am sure I can succeed.  Some juggling will be necessary, there are undoubtedly scary times ahead, but there is no reason at all why the venture can’t get off the ground.  Everything will find its form, as a dear friend always says!

I am still feeling humbled and happy that so many people are supporting this project in different ways, from simply expressing encouragement to helping me to obtain premises, from offering to sort books to getting together their mates to help get the site in order when we get that far, and all sorts of other things.  So I am still feeling the love, and that plus my unquenchable passion for the project will, I know, help me up that rockface to the summit!

Exciting times!

mier_prod-1 greenExciting times!  I have now seen inside the premises I mentioned the other day, and they are more than perfect…could not have hoped for anything better.  The potential for my bookshop and community space is enormous.  Now I need to sort out all the practicalities – business stuff, financial, legal – daunting but has to be done, and will all be more than worth it I know.  I am so excited about the premises I have found.

So I will now be looking into the co-operative scheme with greater urgency – a significant amount has already been pledged by those interested, but there is plenty of time to get involved!  Just keep an eye on the Buy shares tab.

If I can secure this site, there will be space for all sorts of things.  On top of the list of things I posted the other day, I will be in need of tables and chairs, maybe unwanted board games and jigsaw puzzles, children’s chairs or bean bags; nothing needs to match, in fact I would much prefer it if it didn’t!

It’s this sort of planning that keeps me going, and will keep me going through what I know will be difficult and/or stressful times ahead, sorting out the finances and the legal practicalities!  Once I have secured my premises – which I know I will, they are too perfect to lose – I will collate the list of what will be needed, in case anyone has stuff to give away!  I’m a cheapskate…but it’s all in a great cause!

In the meantime, will carry on enjoying my walnut bread from fabulous local bakery Crustum – do watch the short video linked on the homepage here to see the lovely Nick talking about his bakery.  You will feel inspired – and hungry!

It will happen!

stampHere is a blurry photo of the rubber stamp I mentioned the other day, which arrived this morning.  Sorry it’s blurred – hand shaking with excitement!  I ordered a traditional one rather than a clicky one, partly because I find them more satisfying to use, but also because it means I can use different colours easily.

Did I mention that I love stamping things?!

So, I have books, I have enthusiastic supporters, I have found perfect premises, and I have a stamp – now all I need is the funds!  Minor detail.  Oh, and the ability to work through all the legal and practical stuff that needs to be put in place.  It will happen!

Since I wrote the above earlier this morning, I have set up a couple more meetings with people keen to help with the practicalities I am dreading.  I am, for some reason, bowled over by how kind and friendly and supportive people are – I suppose I assume the business world to be cold and uncaring, but that has not been my experience so far!

It will happen!