So, the chaos that is UK politics continues. Since 2016 we’ve been all over the place: leaving the EU, not leaving, leaving again, not quite leaving yet.. again. Electing a new PM, then another one, now a new government. Deal, no deal. Bad deal, wrong deal, this deal, that deal, a-thrown-together-with-a-bit-of-string-and-a-dose-of-wishful-thinking deal. No wonder people are getting Brexit fatigue!
If all this is getting you down (and you are not alone) take some time out to reflect on putting yourself back together again.
To help me cope with Brexit fatigue I found I had to reduce my time on social media for my own sanity. I also started making things: meals from scratch, enormous flower arrangements from my garden, I even tried knitting (something I hadn’t done in 20 years!) Doing, rather than thinking, was my way forward. Anything to clear my mind of all the disorder and the sad thought of a country I was once proud to call my home being used as a political football.
I really can’t say what will happen over the next few months. I truly hope I’m wrong, but I’m not sure how we will ever come to heal our differences well, certainly not in my lifetime anyway. In the meantime, we all just have to hold on and try to be kind to each other. It’s as easy and as difficult as that.
This week we celebrate our 3rd birthday! Three years old, who wadda thought it? It’s been an interesting journey – lots of fun, a number of ‘yays’, a few ‘grrrs’ and one or two ‘oh no’s!
There was even one time when we were ready to throw in the towel; sales had gone down, the cost of postage had gone up and our motivation had gone awol.
on a day when we were feeling really low, we received a couple of amazing reviews and e-mails thanking us for our service. Now I know, giving reviews is a real pain – who’s got time for that, right? Reviews are for complaints and warning off other customers. If everything has gone tickety-boo, you don’t need to congratulate or wave a flag for others to see – surely the company has only done what it should be doing? Well yes, but sometimes it’s not quite like that. We are not a huge corporation or even a slightly middle-sized-with-big -ideas company. We are a small group of 3 individuals, who make stuff by hand in a highly processed world and a review can make or break a day.
We have families (with family issues), bad health days, bad mood days, good mood days, cars with bits falling off, plumbing that’s needed fixing for 6 months, parents evenings, weekly shopping, buttons that need sewing on, parents who need taking to the hospital on a regular basis, printers who want to take over the world and wont take any orders from humans, meals to cook, school runs to run, bills to pay, dogs to walk, cats to take to the vet, Post Office queues to tackle, Netflix to watch and teenagers to battle with on a daily basis.. In other words, we are a tiny group of human beings with human feelings and failings. When a bad review or complaint comes in it can sting you, but you have to learn from it. And then again, when someone takes the time out to say great… well, that can lift you a thousand miles.
Anyway, thanks to those wonderful reviews, we agreed to hold on for 1 more month…. and to our amazement, the stars aligned and things started to turn around. Now here we are, another year later; we still have amazing customers and although the postage will probably go up again, (unfortunately, it’s an annual event) we are braced against it this time. The motivation has swooped back in and there are new projects on the horizon which we are very excited about.
We make no apologies for including some of the fantastic things our customers have said – after all, if you can’t blow your own trumpet on your 3rd birthday, when can you?
JAnderson USA Sept, 2019
Wow! Now all my friends want one, too! I WILL be ordering again!
Emma UK Dec, 2019
Love this so much! Prompt delivery, will definitely shop here again! Thanks
Katheryn UK Dec, 2019
Wanted to tell you that the badge arrived and the person who it was a secret Santa for, LOVES IT!
Thank you so much for being amazing and sending it out so quickly.You’re fab xx
Every 31st December we usher in the New Year – full of hope, wishful thinking, a change (always for the better), a fresh start and all that. And this year will be no different; we will welcome in 2020 with a bottle of fizz, party poppers, Auld lang syne and a fervent hope that fate will be appeased and do the rest.
For like every year, I want to be fitter, thinner, more at peace with myself, to get my finances in order, to start a new business venture, to finish writing that book (finally). And then I mentally add another load of goals: give up smoking, chocolate and alcohol, eat more vegetables, eat less meat, get more sleep, dust off the bike in the garage, paint the living room, mend the guttering.
All the things.
All this year.
So, now I’m thinking perhaps no more New Year resolutions for me – they only get broken anyway.
Of course, a lot of it is in my own hands – and I’ve come to realise that every year I expect my hands to hold too much. I have ‘over-expectations’ – and quite obviously tiny hands. Therefore, 2020 will be pared down on the expectations front, I am going to try to focus on being more at peace with myself (yeah, I know – probably the biggest one on the list) – because I figure if I can move towards that, then the others will probably start to fall into place.
Motivation will certainly be required, but yep, I think this year will definitely be better.
We hope you are all having a great time this holiday. It’s been a bit different for us at ButtonChops Towers this year: the number of guests around the table have been down because of work commitments, but I guess that is inevitable as the children grow up. I do miss them being kids though. No more toys wrapped up in giant boxes (which they often preferred to play with anyway). Now the presents are much more smaller and much, much more expensive!
Although the dynamics were different, we tried to do all the things we would normally do. Catch fire to the Christmas Pudding, pull crackers, toast marshmallows, wear paper hats during Christmas dinner, read out and groan at the Christmas jokes. We have a lot of rituals in our house at Christmas – I used to worry that people would get bored of everything being the same, but they seem to like the familiarity of it. It gives a sense of security in a strange way. In addition, my youngest daughter is autistic and Christmastime can be very stressful for her – new foods, surprises, lots of lights, busy times, visitors, change in routine etc. But we found that creating our own Christmas routine (and soft twinkle lights) has actually helped her to enjoy Christmas instead of dreading it.
Now, we are concentrating on taking a little time out, to try and take a pause, reflect on the year and maybe even do a little bit of planning for the next one!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year for everyone here at ButtonChopsShop. We absolutely LOVE Christmas and all things Christmassy. Greenery and fairy lights always seem to make things a little less stressful. Yes, yes, I know, there’s the planning, the present buying, the cooking and the finding enough money to pay for it all, but a single verse of Kermit doing “One more sleep till Christmas” and I’m right up there with Buddy the Elf. Bring it on Santa: I like to smile, smiling is my favourite.
And we are smiling, because….. well, because if we don’t smile, what else is there?
So whoever, wherever you are, if you celebrate Christmas or not: everyone at ButtonChopsShop would like to wish you peace and love, smiles and the very best of holidays!
p.s. Even if you hate the whole Christmas thing – we have a badge for that….
Autumn is here again – and that can only mean 1 thing…
Hot Soup? Woolly socks? Kicking dry leaves into the air?
Well yes, yes, it’s all those things…. and….
Time to pick your pumpkins, charge up your cauldrons and brush down the witches brooms.
Here at ButtonChopsShop we have lots of lovely, lovely Hallowe’en badges and pins. Cute ones, funny ones, scary ones, some as big as your head – all perfect for favors, prizes or just pimping your gear.
Spring has sprung! And the office is looking a bit tired – OK, more dusty and untidy, or
‘lived in’ as I like to call it. So, as the sun comes out, out comes the duster with a plan to do a spring clean, overhaul the filing system and tidy up that corner which has become the place where all things go when you have no idea where else to put them.
It’s the same every year. I start off with good intentions, sucked in by the advertising, I buy the lovely new bottle of cleaner which is guaranteed to work miracles. I begin with great hope…. and every year the enthusiasm fades along with the miracle that never comes. It all ends up with sparkling windows and a quick run round with the vacuum. Result? Shiny windows, but only 1 area ever gets done. And it’s never the corner which has become the place where all things go when you have no idea where else to put them. Maybe next year, I should start there…..