There’s nothing like turning 50 to make you stop and reflect!
As I joked on Facebook this week, when I opened The Shoe Garden in 2012, I was 44 years old … and I also wore a size 44 shoe!
The synergy was priceless; likewise that my birthday, 25 October, falls on St Crispin’s Day, the patron saint of shoemakers.
Ah yes, it appears like it was all meant to be!
Not that I knew that. I spent my teens desperate to be a newspaper journalist and I spent my 20s being just that. Much of my 30s was spent slightly queasy about crossing over to the dark side and working in PR for government and corporates. And then my late 30s and early 40s were wonderful as I was using my PR powers for good … to help raise the profile and funds for two amazing charities.
And then I unexpectedly took a left turn and became a shoe shop owner. I haven’t looked back since!
The years have gone by (fortunately the shoe size has stayed the same!) and I can’t believe I’m 5.5 years into this adventure. Interestingly, my record for staying in previous jobs was 5 years, so I’ve broken new ground.
I’m proud to be older and wiser. I don’t tolerate much of what I used to in my younger years, but I still feel young. My health hasn’t been fantastic this year; nothing dire, just ongoing chronic pain that took some time adjusting to and learning how to manage.
But looking ahead, I’m only excited and positive about the future. I will continue to be a proud shoe shop owner and know I have definitely found my little part of the world where I plan to stay for a very, very long time.
Until next time
Carol & CCxx
Celebrating 50 years young with my darling parents and CC