If you can choose to be anything, choose to be happy
Growing up I dreamed like every girl of becoming a ballerina, the little tutu and ballet shoes captivated me as a child. It still does to this day. This soon changed however in my teenage years as I then decided I wanted to become an accountant and I have no idea why.
Its funny how your life turns out as I did not become either, instead my career for over 20 years has been in hospitality. I love the theatre of the restaurant world, the ambience, the passion and the excitement. Every night is like a show but what made me stay during the long shifts, hard work and high-pressured environment for so long? Without hesitation the people you get to meet and work with. I have met some of the most wonderful people and even more privileged to now call them my friends.
Covid 19 has had a massive impact on my life and whilst it brought the world to a standstill and sadly many lives lost, there have been beautiful moments in humanity. Recognition finally for the keyworkers who keep our country running daily, the kindness felt by companies feeding the homeless and those less fortunate, Major Tom raising millions just to name a few. The world took time to heal and for some, myself included it was a time for reflection and appreciating the little things in life.
Being home during lockdown gave me the opportunity to heal properly and most importantly learn how to love myself again. You see my mother had passed two years previously from lung cancer and sometimes life has way of kicking you when you’re down. Slowly without me realising my world fell apart but despite the hardships and lessons, like my mother I did not want to give up. She was not only my first best friend in life but my cheerleader and inspiration. Her values in life are now my values and I will be eternally grateful for her guidance and support. She always encouraged my siblings and I ‘to do the things you love’.
My inspiration for Maggies Designs began with an idea 9 months previously before Covid 19. Working in a busy restaurant in London time was a valuable commodity and one I now truly value more than ever. So, with the encouragement and love of my family and friends I have begun my journey of choosing to be happy. What better way to honour my mother’s memory than to set up an online business in her name, Maggies Designs. A journey of inspiring others to never give up and to keep being you.
2020 for many of us has been the year that woke us up and a year despite many difficulties and despair, a year that kindness and humility has brought us together.