Dramatic Skylines in Edinburgh
Adventures along the water of Leith with James
Eating out – lunch at Henderson’s Deli, veggie burgers and a sorbet smoothie at Burger. and dessert at Hederson’s Vegan Bistro
Running my Shop Jessthetics stall at Judy’s vintage fair!
It’s very unusual for me to spend a whole month in Edinburgh without travelling to some other part of the country or having visitors. Asides from having James to stay (who is more like a resident than a guest) it’s been a pretty uneventful month. I’ve increased my hours at work from 2 days to 3 which is great both because I’m enjoying the extra disposable income and because I have more time to get stuff done. I like the routine of working three full days. It’s great that I can choose my own hours, but it’s always tempting to take extra breaks, which drags out the working day. I’ve learnt that I prefer to do all my work in one chunk and save as much of the evening as I can for relaxing! Me and my masters course buddies are settling in to our new identities as young people with full time jobs, doing sensible things in our spare time like having dinner parties, playing board games and doing sitting room karaoke!
Last weekend I had a successful day running a stall at Judy’s Vintage Fair with Shop Jessthetics selling my vintage and upcycled clothes. The stall I did in December was not great – I didn’t break even – so I’m pleased I gave it another go and actually made a little profit this time! The preparations and set up involved in running a stall are pretty exhausting even though I enjoy the actual day of selling and chatting to customers. The logistics of transporting (and carrying!) all that stuff are a little tricky given that I don’t have a car in Edinburgh, let alone a van. I’m not sure how the other traders have the energy to do it all several times every weekend! At the moment, I’m feeling happy with the progress my little shop is making, as the last couple of years of dabbling in online retail are paying off. Both my day job and Shop Jessthetics are going well and demanding more time from me – which is excellent but conflicting. I’m not sure that working a second job in my down time is sustainable and so I might have to choose between them in the near future. For the moment I’m going to savour the time spent doing these things that I love. It’s a real luxury, having too many interests to choose from!
February looks like it’s going to be busy. I’m currently staying with my parents whilst my Dad is unwell. He should be okay but I feel both exhausted (hospitals are icky and you can’t help but worry) and relaxed, having let myself take a break from everything else. I’m busy at work preparing for the next stage of the project, looking forward to visits from some of my favourite ladies, and topping it all off with another vintage fair at the end of the month. How was your month? I hope you have a wonderful February!