Can you believe we’ve entered double digits in lockdown weeks? I very much hope this month’s newsletter finds you, your families and colleagues all healthy and well – I don’t want to speak too soon, but hope seems to on the horizon ...
The world has certainly looked different on the outside over the last few weeks that's for sure, but how are you feeling on the inside? Has this period of uncertainty made you think about other ways of living, working or schooling your kids? Or maybe you can’t wait for everything to be back to normal? Will it even go back to normal? Maybe you’ve made some significant changes/decisions during lockdown, or maybe you’ve just managed to sort out your underwear drawer and spice cupboard? (yes to both of those). Or maybe you’ve started a new hobby, or rekindled a desire to grow and cook? … or taken on a ‘couch to 5k’ or completed the ‘Yoga at Home 30 Day Challenge’ with Adriene (huge whoop whoop to my Mum for completing this and some!). One thing the last few weeks has taught me is that it is possible to enjoy more with what I already have and the importance of focusing on what I can control v. what I can't - trying to be less reactive and more proactive (thanks to 'DO/FLY' written by Gavin Strange).
One of my best investments just before lockdown was a new bike with an enormous padded seat, I’ve explored routes I never knew existed, which after living in this area for over 20 years is a bit embarrassing. I've also really enjoyed cycling back and forth to the butchers, the bakers ... and Budgens, I really hope I continue with that.
The scent of nature in the air has been amazing too don't you think? Stronger even ... or is it just that my senses are heightened and I’m paying more attention?? Talking of engaging all my senses, I honestly can't wait to be back here in this very hammock in Shanti Som in Marbella in September with a lovely group of women, surrounded by the forest, the mountains and the 'healing garden' to reflect on these last few weeks - omm. Message me if you'd like to join us x
What's New at Gin & Yin HQ??
Not much to report this month, however, I would like to toot the fact that Gin & Yin is still here with the support from ‘Enterprise Nation’ and their great ‘lunch and learn’ sessions and ‘The Inspiration Space’ thanks for keeping me connected with other small businesses and for challenging my thinking with the ‘Masterclass’ series with Winchester University and to Holly Tucker for her endless support on Instagram, I'm still managing to feel inspired and motivated to move forward through this. If you are a small business owner, I raise my glass to you all and I’d definitely encourage you to check these guys out, or just drop me a line I'd be very happy to share any knowledge I've managed to retain! firstname.lastname@example.org
One new thing I did have a go at this month, was my first ‘Insta Live’, which I had sleepless nights about - the recording is now on my Instagram account … and other than calling a lemon an orange .. really? .. I enjoyed it. I basically made myself a G&T, talked about all things gin and yin and laughed at my own jokes, four things I do regularly at home, so business as usual but with a posh frock on! Congratulations to Hayley Ronald the lovely winner of my ‘Very Thoughtful Voucher’ GIVEAWAY too well done for going that extra virtual mile during lockdown for mums in her community - your prize is on its way and I look forward to welcoming you soon xx
So ... (all being well) Here's What's Coming Up
Down to Earth Retreat Northern Ibiza 8th - 11th October 2020 2 Rooms Available - Deposit £150pp Fancy joining us here?? If so read on .. -2 rooms left on this retreat that can be made into either a triple / twin or single occ - both with en-suites starting from £680 - £860. If I need to postpone this retreat, I want to reassure you, that I will be honouring full refunds paid to Gin & Yin if you are unable to move to the new date. £150 secures your space. - The itinerary features daily yoga (not too early remember this is supposed to be relaxing), an evening hike with sundowners and supper on the beach, mini-wellness workshops, a trip to the old town, delicious food from the organic garden and post yoga G&Ts (or your tipple of choice). If you need something in your diary to look forward to, this might just be the tonic you need (gin optional).
- New Date -
'Sip & Swish Social'
(Clothing Exchange - Bring 3 Take 3)
Hemmings Gin Bar, Esher
7.30pm - 10.30pm
23rd Sept 2020
Has lockdown prompted you to sort your wardrobe out but there were just some items that you couldn't just 'give away'?? If so, this could be just the place to bring your pre-loved items and exchange them. A lovely way to shake up your wardrobe without spending a penny other than for the ticket - plus it's sustainable and supports slow ethical fashion ... while sipping on cocktail, what's not to love. Not only that, the fabulous Emma Shoe (Wardrobe Architect) will also talk us through how to pack with style, variety and efficiency for a weekend away / retreat - I'm in!!
It would be lovely to welcome you and hopefully also give you something to look forward to too x
Tickets are: £35.00 and include a welcome cocktail, personal styling advice, a fun swishing session and packing workshop. We'll send full details along with guidance on what bring etc nearer the event date.
Thank you x
I exit another extraordinary month, with huge appreciation and gratitude to the amazing people who have proved to be the very backbone of my community, to friends and family for keeping the channels of communication open and to the fabulous support of other small business owners, we have continued to leverage one another through these unchartered waters.
Thanks also to Simple Things Magazine, I learnt that it's Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday this month, her little book 'Notes on Nursing' published in 1859 offered practical tips from hand washing, to preparing foods, to the importance of fresh air and how care for the sick - so relevant to today too. I wonder what she'd think of all this if she was here right now? There's also a Museum in London dedicated to her work - you learn something new every day!
"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community"
Anthony J. D'Angelo
On that note, take care everyone and hopefully see some of you very soon.
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