Sometimes Letting Go is Best
I get asked by the WH team, each week, what I’m going to write about in this blog. Last weekend, there was a bit of an unspoken challenge as to whether I would get to finish a post or not, as we were all in London, meeting up to celebrate our new stock and have a general catch-up. The murmurs of ‘I wonder if she’ll actually do it on the fly while we’re all having lots of fun’ were swirling around my ears for most of the weekend.
While I have every aim of keeping this Sunday post a regular slot in my week (and hopefully yours!) and while I had every intention of blogging while travelling; sitting up in the hotel room at midnight with several cups of camomile tea littered around me, in order to get it done, it didn’t happen.
It wasn’t that I ran out of time or ‘failed’ in some way (ooh this sentence sounds rather pompous! Bear with me), it was that I made a conscious decision to let it go.
I let go of the feeling of pressure, of expectation and of the vision that I had imagined of me finishing a great post. I focused instead on what I was in London to experience and to truly be present so that I could appreciate every bit and not rush through the ‘living’ in order to get to the ‘writing about it afterwards’ stage.
Although I still had a lingering disappointment about not writing, it was fleeting and I had to remind myself that sometimes letting go is best and being open to what is happening in front of you is what we’re really on this planet to do.
In a wonderfully cyclical style, I now get to write to you about last weekend, with the benefits of reflection, a lovely cup of tea next to me and my dog currently using my leg as a pillow... and let me tell you, it was a fantastic weekend! One day, I would love us all (you, me and all of the WH team) to have a get together, as they really are special things; oodles of food, silly jokes, hugs, gasps of ‘ooh look at this beautiful...bag, pair of flip flops, salad bowl..., more jokes and food. It’s always a massive dose of the warm and fuzzies.
We were lucky enough to begin our weekend catching up with family and enjoying the most delicious meal in Marylebone - errr when did it get so super trendy?! I gave up worrying about my country-bumpkin vibes and instead focused on my squid starter, the most incredible fish and chips, which interestingly came all the way from Lyme Regis (Dorset fish is clearly well-renowned) and although I was almost about to burst, we shared a load of profiteroles which were filled with what can only be described as the poshest Nutella ever. I almost keeled over with joy!
After a night spent digesting all of that food, we headed over to the London HQ of Wild Home. I always forget how this place is like an oasis in the middle of a busy city. You step through a door off the street, wander along a corridor and out of a second door (a little like Narnia’s wardrobe) and into the prettiest, tiled courtyard. Birds were singing in amongst the potted trees and the Turkish lanterns were catching the winter sunlight. It is a place of immense inspiration and relaxation!
Food was already being prepared and we drank freshly squeezed blood orange juice while we chatted about our achievements over the last six months. As usual, food preparations and conversations were sporadically interrupted by one or other of us saying ‘ooh come and look at this’ and beckoning everyone to stop what they were doing and come and gaze lovingly at a new product.
I thought you might like a first glimpse of some of the things that will be available on the shop in the next few weeks. I usually add new things at least once or twice a week so there is always something different to look at. This is only a fraction of the products to come but some that I think you’ll especially like:
I am so excited to be sharing these with you and can’t wait to start photographing and listing them on the shop. Thank you to everyone who has bought from us this week, messaged us, liked a photo and of course, to you, for taking the time to read today’s post.
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. X