• Lou Webster

2020 - A new Decade with big Changes

If you're like me, the dawning of this new Decade has brought with it a huge mix of emotions. Excitement, fear, loss, pride, shame, anger and hope. There's no getting away from it, Brexit has and continues to have a huge impact on my wellbeing and a direct impact on my life as I know it. It's hard not to be angry with how this is all playing out, but we must continue to be open to discussions to understand why we are in this position and how we can look to rebuild trust and relationships in our communities and our families.

2020 - It's a Leap Year - so let's do something new

New Year’s Resolutions, love them or hate them, can be incredibly powerful, both positively and negatively. If you are making any, they need to be achievable and meaningful. Without your 'why' they are doomed to fail. If this is a life's wish that you keep not starting or going after, making a resolution to do it without a plan will most likely continue the negative cycle of feeling like you failed. Make sure you have your 'why' and make sure it really means something positive and meaningful to you.

Although not a resolution, last year I decided to start my own business. My parents and grandparents all ran their own businesses and the desire to follow in their footsteps has always been there - I just didn't have a direction I wanted to go in. When I found coffee, I finally had my path. With Brexit looming, I still don't know if this was brave or foolhardy; i'd say both. One year on, I have learnt so much about myself, met some amazing new people and have started to carve out the life that I want for myself and my family. This year, I am developing my business in new and exciting ways. I can't wait to share my plans with you all, but you will have to wait until International Women's Day 2020.

Brexit has made me feel helpless. This year I want to start to take back what control I can and affect change in areas I am passionate about. The power of community is huge. If you feel let down by your Government, as I do, look at ways you can impact positively in your community. There's so much good out there, but it can get lost if you don't look for it. Here are some links to crucial services needing support in the UK.

A challenge

In this Leap Year, I am challenging myself to be brave. To put myself out there in new ways, listening to that voice in my head that talks of all the amazing things I want to do and be and attempting to make them happen. I challenge you to do the same - in whatever small way you can. "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." Whether you're a fan of Tony Robbins or not, I think this quote is powerful.

My new things for 2020

Running my first Triathlon in May and raising money for Bloodwise. Please see my Just Giving Page here. If you can donate or like and share, I would be so grateful.

Launching my new Collective this International Women's Day. Watch this space.

Working with fantastic people who need support making their ambitions a reality. If you feel like 2020 is your year to start your own coffee business, but not sure where to start, get in touch to see how I can help. The UK coffee shop market is the largest in Europe and experts predict explosive global growth over the next five years. To ensure we build successful, sustainable, community and environment-focused coffee businesses, we need new and inspirational people to make coffee their career.

Whatever 2020 has in store, let’s be bold, brave and unapologetically ambitious in making our lives and our world a better place.

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