I’m playing catch-up now after having a sad lapse with these posts last year. I do get messages from people saying they enjoy them – do share or comment or comment on my social media shares if you like them! So it’s hello again to Stevie Maiden from Maidens Fayre. When we first met Stevie in June 2013, she ran a small business Facebook group and was building up her jams, chutneys and pickles business. Updates in July 2014 , 2015 and 2016 she shared the ups and downs of life at fairs and shows while she tried to achieve that delicate work-life balance. In 2017 things weren’t looking great and I wasn’t sure she’d still be going by now, to be honest. But hooray! Back then, Stevie said of the upcoming year, “I really hope I get my enthusiasm back and if not, I really hope to sell the business as a going concern”.
Hello, Stevie! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
I’m in a much better place now. My passion for my business reignited,
That’s great news! What has changed and what has stayed the same?
I’m working smarter instead of harder.
Now, I choose my events more carefully and don’t take everything that’s offered to me. It makes for more peace of mind.
What do you wish I’d known a year ago and what have you learned?
That the government was going to change my pensionable age and I’d need to keep going for another 7 years!
I’ve learned that by changing my diet completely, I can manage the pain better
Any more hints and tips?
You’ll find you have new competition all the time. Don’t be frightened of it. If you’re good then people will remember and you’ll be invited back
Where do you see yourself in another year?
Talking to you?
In all honesty, I have no plans to change whats happening. See what comes first, death or retirement I’ll just keep plodding on, I expect. In all honesty, I have no big plans. I’ll just plod on until the end, I expect
To be honest, a lot of us can feel like that some of the time at least, can’t we – and I love when people are honest enough to talk about it! I’m glad Stevie’s still going and we’ll keep plodding through this series a bit longer!
You can find Stevie online on the Maidens Fayre Facebook page and get in touch with her there.
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