Tuesday, September 6, 2011
6th Day in a Chic September
For the month of September I plan to document daily steps I have taken towards a chic, elegant and healthy life. My goal is to keep uppermost in my mind the kind of life I want to live. I will be focusing on all the small things I do each day that lead me towards my goal, rather than away from it.
Here are today’s mini-chic accomplishments:
Continued work on a knitted rug I am making. It's a very complicated pattern. You need 10 balls of double knit wool (50g) and 5mm needles. Cast on 125 stitches, knit every row for nine balls and cast off. Crochet around the edge with the tenth ball. It's quite cosy because the bigger the rug gets, the more it warms your knees. I'm onto the last bit of crocheting around the edge.
Walked to and from my yoga class on the most perfect spring day. The sky was a brilliant blue, the temperature mild (even at 9am) and humidity low. I felt happy to be alive!
Enjoyed healthy food including fresh fruit with breakfast, salad vegetables with lunch and water with dinner.
Enjoyed some time with my brother. He works shifts, so has been popping into work to say hi when he has a day off. Today he stayed an hour or more and we chatted and went for a walk around the block (via a cafe). It was so nice and I feel really grateful that a) I have a brother b) he lives in the same city and c) he does things like this.
He is eight years younger than me and we haven't always been close (me: uptight older sister, him: carefree younger person). I am also grateful my husband looked after all customers and phone calls while I was slacking.
When I have been working in the shop, I think I've been a better shopkeeper lately. I don't let things get to me as much and I go with the flow. I think it makes for a more relaxed retail environment and hopefully people enjoy shopping with us. We are not a high-sales-pressure store. I can try and help people find what they want but I don't think I can ever make them buy something (nor would I want to).
Of course I want our shop to be successful otherwise we're out of a job, but I don't think pushiness will do that. We have many regular customers and I think they appreciate our difference. We also let customers we know well take items home on appro (the old-fashioned way, without paying) and I think that also sets us apart from other stores.
Started a mental list of items I want to declutter from our home, and how I am going to dispose of them (donation, sell online etc).
If you feel like you want to make September a chic month for you as well, please join me. You are welcome to share your mini-chic accomplishments for the day (or the previous day if you read in the morning) in the comments section. It would be lovely to have you along for the ride!