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Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts

remaining positive that the high street will pull through

So much has happened since Covid 19 took over.  It's such a relief to everyone that the infection has slowed right down, and although there maybe traces of it still so we have all had to learn and adapt to this new environment and take extra measures to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy.

The best news for me after all this and having to stay off work for 12 weeks in the end, was being told I could finally go back to work.  That I found just under two weeks ago and I have now been back at work for three days.   And being completely honest I have missed it too.  I don't like being off work, I suppose nobody does really, certainly for not any great length of time.  Everyone needs to work some way or another, to earn money to live, and save for holidays.   Luckily I managed to keep myself occupied whilst being furloughed from work, mainly doing stuff in the garden, painting the fence and some decking, and doing gardening in general to be truthful, and I didn't mind getting furloughed because it's better than not getting paid at all. 

Our economy has suffered tremendously and that is a fact.   There are already reports circulating online that 7 out of 10 UK businesses have been seriously affected by Covid 19, and some stores in some areas have now closed completely.  These are: Debenhams stores (not all of them just some) Quiz clothing, (that is still very big in the Fashion Retail industry) Brighthouse, Cath Kidston, Monsoon Accessorize have been forced to close some of their stores, I found out Laura Ashley stores were all closing down when I walked passed it on the high street just before I went back to work.   There was just one other brand that caught my attention whilst I was reading all of these reports, and that was Antler luggage.  That's because I have been selling Antler luggage at House of Fraser for years, since I started there in fact which was in 2003.   So for me personally I am a little gutted about that.  I have only found out about Antler closing today.   I suppose it does give Samsonite luggage the chance to rein supreme because Antler and Samsonite were always in competition with each other.   That is of course if Samsonite themselves remain intact.

A little bit of good news I heard this week is that the popular online retailer has bought the brands Oasis and Warehouse who had previously gone into administration.  That was a bit of luck.  I know we don't really want our high streets to lose them, but I would rather this happen then for the brands to disappear completely.   I definitely see this as a positive. 

I do personally shop on usually when I am after something specific, like a specific brand.  I always tend to find something on their site.   They currently have some fantastic stuff on there for summer at the moment and most of it is 25% too.  Bonus.  Their YouTube advert they have recently released it pretty cool, well worth a watch.  I think we are going to find that most places, online or on the High Street have a sale on.   They have to really, to try and entice customers in, otherwise they will end up like Laura Ashley.   I am not even sure how my place of work will do just yet.  We have had threats of closure circulating for quite some time now.   Apparently they want to build a hotel on it.   That's the rumour anyway. Whether it will happen is another matter.  We shall have to wait and see about that one.

One of the main things I do try to do is to remain positive.  You have to in situations like this.   None of us really know if C.V is completely over just yet.  People are still being very cautious.  I'm still being very cautious.  The best thing everyone can do I think, is just take each day as it comes.  That's what I'm doing.  Every day creates a brand new challenge, a new daily motion with new possibilities and opportunities.    Customers have been really good since we opened too.  I smile at them, behind my C.V mask, and say hello and every customer who I have spoken to in the last two days have all said hello back which is really nice.  I can imagine some customers won't do that, which is absolutely fine, but it is nice when you can still talk to people normally, and it's really lovely to see all the regulars coming back into store too, especially if you have been working for a company as long as I have which is 17 years.  It was 17 years the 18th June.   Most of the customers who have come onto the floor I work on have all seemed to know what they want, and we have got it too, so that's always good.   It does mean that over these first few days back in work after lockdown, I haven't really had to up-sell anything, or offer any add-ons.   Customers have just been coming in and picking up what they want and taking it straight to the tills.  Which is good.   The till points are cleaned thoroughly after every customer has been served.  Any surfaces the customer come in contact with whilst they are walking around the cleaned after.  It's just the way things are.   I'm just grateful people are getting out again and coming to shop with us.  The important thing is to keep them, and you safe from the virus.

I would be lying if I said I hadn't missed work.  I missed the people I worked with most of course, but I also missed the store, and the Home floor where I work.   I missed the routine of going to work five days a week.  It's really great to be back and I do hope customers who shop on the high street are pleased to see that their favourite shops are open once more.   

Just on a final word, frequent shoppers with River Island will be delighted to see that they have brought out a range of T. Shirts in support of Mental Health amid the Coronia Virus pandemic.  Supporting Mental Health is a big thing for me personally, so I really love when any store or brand does this.  Their designs are really cool, so if you are a frequent shopper of River Island or you know someone who is, go check them out.  Their prices of the T. Shirts range from £10 to £14, and they have done designs for both ladies and gentlemen.   Might just be worth a look, and it is one of my favourite shops.

Take care, and thank you for reading.

Until next time.

Sarah x

the beginning of the dreamcashe blog


Counting Pennies and Nickels.

There are so many people out there who start a second blog.  I know one or two bloggers out there who actually have more than two blogs. So why have I decided now to start doing another blog? Well, I have just come up with an idea for the title.  That is it.  Just the title.  I then searched the name 'dreamcashe' in the general Google search, and thought, that does sound really cool, I know I shall create myself another little writing project.  Considering I can be quite indecisive about such things, this was a pretty quick decision for me and I am so pleased.

If this blog does work the way I would like it to and I decide to delve deeper into my explorations, then this blog will be my seventh blog in ten years.   Seven blogs does sound like a lot I know.  I am not entirely sure what the average amount of blogs any one person creates over their lifetime.  I bet it is a fair few.   That is probably because people like to test different ideas for blogs before they find the one they really want to settle with.   Or maybe it's just me?

Something else I have decided not to do this time round, is spend hours of my time putting in 'blog designs' in every search engine on the internet.   You can't deny we've all done it, well most of us have, and it takes up an awful lot of time, time that could have been better spent writing your content instead of worrying about what it looks like.  From my own personal experience, readers don't just automatically come to view your blog just because you have your name up in lights.  I tried it (on numerous occasions) and it didn't work.   So...

I have decided to make a little list of things I would like to achieve with my new blog dreamcashe. I know this is not going to be the entire list because I am hoping to discover more challenges for myself along the way.   For now this is my first list:

1. Explore more (Ideas/Topics/Blogs)

2. Experiment more (With ideas, lengths of posts etc)

3. Improve my writing skills (With Grammarly and maybe a few other sites along the way)

As you can see it is only small.  This is because at this early stage of this blog's development I don't want to put too much pressure on myself by putting too much on my plate to do so early.  I doubt that would end very well.  I do prefer little and often as a rule.  But there is nothing wrong with a little gentle exploration to begin with.

Ever since I was nine years old I have always wanted to be a writer.  This contributed to my decision to become a blogger.   What some people don't realize is how easy it is to become a blogger.  The best thing to do if you want to become a blogger, and that goes for all fields, topics to talk about, theories to discuss, whatever, is to simply just start.   An do you know what one of the most important things about writing a blog (and writing in general) don't let anyone tell you, you CANT do it.  Because you can do it.   You just need to put in a little time, a little effort, and a little imagination.   It's amazing what you can come up with if you really think about it.

One of the key things I have already started to do is to read more blogs.   I can hear you thinking, don't you do that anyway, read loads of other blogs on different topics and products etc, being a blogger yourself and all.... for ten years, as I previously mentioned.   Actually no I haven't.   Not in the past.  This is the first time, in the year 2020, that I can honestly say that I have started to properly expand my blog reading and my blogging connections.   Most of those blogs I find through Twitter, but I do find through Google, which I also do from time to time.

I have always shared my blog on Twitter.   It is my first social network port of call for promoting any posts I have written, and it is where I can easily find other blogs to read and share.  I do read blogs about different topics, mostly Lifestyle in general, but I do enjoy reading blogs about Movies, Books, Art, Photography, and Mental Health.   As well as Twitter I also share my blog to Pinterest, Medium, Digg, and Mix, which is a new one I have found recently.  I also enjoy reading blogs on Bloglovin' which is a really great website to find blogs in all different topics and you can easily connect with other people and keep track of the things they love to write about, as well as sharing your own blog to Bloglovin'.   It doesn't matter where you share your blog as long as you do share it.  Because if you don't, who is going to know about it?

One of the things I mentioned earlier in this post was that I wanted to improve my writing skills.  Okay it was number 3 on the list, however I thought before I publish this post I want to check it for word length.  No I have not done that before either, there is a first for everything as they say.  Whilst I was also finding that out, I also found a link to I thought that might be an idea to check that out whilst I was doing a word count.  Let me tell you Grammarly is one of the best free tool out there for bloggers and writers.   If you have never used it before I highly recommend it.

I am really excited about this blog.   I think it will allow me to learn so much about myself, and my writing, and of course my blogging which I am always wanting to improve.   It is going to be a new little adventure for me.

Thank you for reading.