Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Charity shop buy of the year (so far)
I bought a brand new pair of converse, exactly like the ones above, in a charity shop (thrift store) in England for £5.00, I love a bargain and it is amazing to walk into Oxfam and they have one pair sitting on a shelf, my heart beats faster and I walk out happy.
I also bought a nice Thomas Burberry shirt for £4.00, life is good.
My charity shop secret is "visit them regularly", I went 3 times in 7 days, just a quick browse. Also you need to develop hanger technique basically don't look at the clothes just flick along hangers looking at labels, this means you can go through the rails of a whole shop in 10 minutes. When you see a label you like; stop, check it out, if you like it keep hold and keep flicking. Don't take it and try it on there could be someone else in the shop who grabs a quality piece of kit from another rail whilst you are in the changing rooms. Go for classic labels or designer labels, not to be a poser but quality lasts and classic labels are timeless. If you're looking for a suit or an overcoat or something specific always ask if they have anything out the back, I did this last year and a little old lady brought me out a pure new wool Hugo Boss overcoat which I bought for £7.00.....
We have a difficult week ahead. You may or may not be aware but we had a couple with us for 2 years called Steve and Dawn they left to go back to England in November after giving us 2 wonderful years. This weekend our second couple leave Ben and Becky Edmonds will be driving back to the UK. Becky is pregnant and it will be much easier for her to have the baby back at home. They are going to be part of the Guildford Boiler room. Helen who is the other adult member of our team is still in Germany so it will just be Tracy myself and the boys for a while.
There is a sung with a line "Don't push me because I am close to the edge" I have had moments this week were I feel like that. We have lots of dreams and vision for the future, we do need a new building but without people this will be a very difficult time. We don't want to endlessly recruit from abroad but we do need a team of about 10 people to make this thing happen. There are few potential people in the pipeline we just have to wait and see what they decide.
It feels like we have been stripped back for a reason but I have these thoughts that make me feel like a failure, maybe I should write a book on team growth! I have questioned my leadership ability and the sustainability of what we are doing here. I am a leader and this work is sustainable I just have those moments of darkness.
We have been wrong to profile this place as a summer only project it's an all year round thing, with the right people we can do so much here in the winter as well as the summer.
The new building will propel us into a new day, but without people it won't work. I am also depressed because there are no good charity shops in Ibiza.
at 8:56 AM