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August Al’s Adventures….

Hey! How are you all?! Sorry it’s been a while since I wrote, but things have been crazy!

You may remember from Aprils Al’s Adventures that I had started a new full time job, started a Cafe venture, Toast Herne Bay, and the Holiday let was finally ready to launch! Well, that’s why I’ve not had a moment to think clearly let alone write. But for the first time in 4 months, I have a few hours of no paperwork, cleaning, shopping or chores to do. Well, not for a few hours at least!

So where to begin? Let’s start with the new job.

As you know I was thoroughly fed up of Insurance. It’s going through quite a rough patch and it will only get worse for a few more months yet. I’m starting to see friends leave – either being made redundant, or just walking away. Some of those I’ve known 20 years, it’s not easy to watch. Times are changing – some bits for the better, some not. However despite that I have found an amazing role where I’ve learnt more in the last 4 months than I have in the last 4 years. It’s totally outside of my comfort zone, but surrounded by some of the best in the business it’s such fun. Everyday is a school day for sure! It’s great to flip things on their head and see life upside down sometimes – exactly what this role has given me. Next. Level. Business.

Next – Al’s Beach retreat. It’s finally finished and guest are staying! Thanks to my friends who stayed when there wasn’t any curtains or internet – deffo a discount next time! It’s going well, I have had some wonderful reviews already from guests far and wide, that’s the wonder of travel I guess – I’ve had guests from Bogata, Belgium, Germany & France – all in my first two months! Everyone has been so kind. It’s a wonderful experience to bring such a project together, and see the results. To me it’s like having a baby, it took 9 months to create! As you can see from Instagram (alsbeachretreat) it’s changed a bit. With new windows, electrics, heating, and walls removed – it certainly wasn’t easy. Thanks to all the tradesmen who helped – and tolerated the snow, cold & my stubbornness! Life hack – make sure all workmen have enough tea, coffee & biccies. Your welcome.

Next stage is to build a website (no idea) and get it advertised. It’s on fb and Instagram as Als Beach Retreat and Air B&B here:

Woop woop!

Last, but certainly not least Toast Cafe. The new and second baby of the family. Slowly growing up, making friends and discovering new things everyday. I couldn’t have begun to understand the sheer learning cliff. From setting up a Company, to writing staff contracts, payroll, tax and VAT returns, to rotas, design, promotion and events – in 4 months we have done it all. Sleepless nights, tears and joy – I’ve never experienced anything so rewarding. I don’t have any children of my own (lots of godchildren and friends gorgeous ones to spoil) but I now habe 2 baby businesses!

I absolutely adore this business and all the people in it. From the moment my biz partner Sherry & I were introduced I knew we would work well together. We couldn’t have begun to imagine what we have achieved but we have had such a lot of fun doing this and we could not be prouder. In a short 4 months we have Team Toast, and our passion has spilled into all of them, leading to PROFIT already, 3 months ahead of plan.

So I need to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us, helped is build this, visited us or liked any of our social media. You all lead to us succeeding. Every single one of you – THANKS.

Hopefully now some of you will understand why I may have not been in touch, or been a little silent. In between bulding Al’s Adventures Ltd I’m trying to stay healthy, sane & loving my seaside life when I can. Everyone here has been so bloody lovely I couldn’t feel more loved across all my amazing friends – wherever you are. The best news for me is not a single panic attack this year. Maybe some anxious moments, but no days lost to panic or anxiety. That is huge. So yay me!

I am amazed at what has happened this year and I truly am thankful. They say things happen for a reason – my 2 angels are working their magic at last. Truly blessed for once. To be honest it’s about time!

Right – enough from me for today. I’ve got a plan to write…

Lots of love

Al xxx

Opportunity Knocks…

Hey there. Hope you are all keeping well in this bonkers weather. Totally bored of it now! Sunny, snow, sunny, snow. My winter woolies have been on and off like a lightswitch on speed!😉

Sorry it’s been a few months since my moany blog about leaving my job. It took me a fair while to recover if I’m honest. It truly smacked me right in the face, leading to a mass pizza and wine session and a lot of tears- not a pretty sight. Then followed a week of mild then stronger panic about how to pay 2 mortgages, and it was time to get a grip, pick myself up and start all over again.

I was and am truly overwhelmed by all the messages, cards and calls offering me luck, love and support – as well as the job offers. Thank you for those – believe me I will treasure those kind words from all corners of the globe!

After reading those I realised not all was lost. I still have a lot to offer the Insurance world, just doing things from a different angle. So after a few meetings and a lot of soul searching I decided to give Insurance another go. Not specifically Energy anymore, my love for that has faded along with the standards and flair in that world. I wanted to offer my expertise where it’s wanted and hopefully needed. I am chuffed to bits to announce I am going to join Fidelis Insurance in the near future. This is a dynamic Company with an amazing team where my values and ideas match their plans – who knows where it will take me, but my good old gut feeling is loving this one. It’s genuinely put the spark back in this plug. Yay!

Of course, as you may or may not remember I am slap bang in the middle of renovating a beautiful bungalow just around the corner from me in Tankerton. Its a sunny and happy house but needed some love, so I decided to strip it back to basics and start all over again (bit like myself!)

Walls have been knocked down, ceilings replaced, painting everywhere in between. Over 3 months the transformation has been remarkable- only achievable with the terrific tradesmen I have been lucky enough to find. Its a crucial week thos week – kitchen is going in, decorating finished in several rooms – EEK! Pictures to follow! Once ready friends and family will get to book up for this year to come and holiday in Kent! I can’t wait to show you all the results, and get you all booked in!

Not content with that as a sideline, one snowy day, I met a wonderful friend for a coffee. Sherry (aka Little Pep) and I met via a friend of twitter, and we have got on like a house on fire! So after a long treki n the snow, she had a proposition for me – Let’s open a cafe together! Now, I think the initial offer was in the hope I had 6 months off, which alas is not the case! But as the coffee flowed and the creativity flowed more, that was it – we became business partners!

Over the last few frantic weeks we have been designing, planning and dreaming of what this can truly turn into. Our WhatsApp usage is at a record high!

Since then we have given birth to a beautiful baby Cafe right in the heart of Herne Bay. Situated in the stunning Beach Creative building, TOAST will open Easter Sunday to the public for a soft launch. It will offer simple but high quality food, gorgeous snacks and excellent coffee. Through local collaborations we will bring you the best the area has to offer. Little Pep will be based at the cafe, offering juices and smoothies on sight as well as consultations for juice plans.

Lots more to follow on the cafe, but raise a glass to TOAST next time you can!

So in a blast that’s my news! I couldn’t be happier at this moment. Times have been tough for me over the last few years, and I am determined to live my life to its fullest. My 2 guardian angels really have my back and inspire me daily to be a better me. With all of your love and support, it’s going to be a breeze.

Off for a lie down, I’ve just scared myself writing it all down!

Speak soon

Al xx

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