'Rise and shine'... (Assuming you've even slept)
It's been a very, very long couple of weeks in preparation for this day. Swanky Portraits is finally trading at Spitalfields, but the lack of sleep and freezing cold hands are out-done by the excitement and rush of adrenaline to finally be trading at my favourite London Market location. Looking around, I can't help but wonder if I could add more to my stall, but who cares.. it's day one and the achievement is still to be celebrated. Lots of people taking my flyers, so that's got to be a good sign.
Amazed by the support that I have received, including my dad, who even though he is not feeling 100% has driven 60 miles to come and see me trade on my first day. Amazing support from all the family and my friends, including Rholdah, who has come to help me push sales, plus Jenny, who encourages me by being my first customer. Nothing up-lifts more than support from others, especially in those moments of absolute exhaustion.
Touched by the lovely pro-traders who encourage me to stay focussed and who share their trading ups and down with me. It all spurs me on for day 2 of trading which will come next weekend.
I finish day one on high spirits, right before I crash-out.