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Filed in Blog by on 25th May 2010 0 Comments • views: 1171

What is it that inspires us? I know my inspiration for The Chocolate Cellar was firstly the story “Chocolat” – sometimes when feeling a distinct lack of inspiration I do turn to the film. I come away completely enthused and full of vigour. I’m not sure how much of that is to do with Johnny Depp 😉

Last Friday, I was invited to attend the Inspiring Women Awards. All of the women nominated were absolutely amazing. Not only was I inspired by them, I was totally humbled by each and every one of them. Their achievements were nothing to do with wanting to win awards, but were a way of life that they had adopted – a lifestyle choice that they had made. Wow!A week later I attended a “storytelling” session with Martin King which was fabulous. Until then I hadn’t really understood “Storytelling” as an art form. Wanting to learn more, I decided to attend the first meeting of the “Mouth of the Mersey” club.The club has just been started and was a gathering of established Storytellers as well as curious newcomers like me!It was an unusual evening and quite often I found myself pondering why I had attended and why i was enjoying it. A variety of stories were told. As well as being entertaining, they were interesting, sad, thought-provoking and funny. It was a great honour to attend a storytelling session with the nation’s first Laureate for storytelling, Taffy Thomas. It was also an honour to see his amazing Tale Coat and hear his own personal story. I was once again inspired.
The really interesting thing for me is that at both these events, it was not just the people at the front who inspired me and filled me with enthusiasm and va va voom … it was also the people alongside me – Molly, Geraldine, Liz, Gwen, Judith. I realise that when I look around and allow my mind to listen that inspiration is all around me. It sounds so obvious (and a little corny) but sometimes it is the obvious that is so hard to see.

I find inspiration in my environment, my friends, my children, my colleagues and the many people that we meet in the shop. Sometimes, just their smiles are an inspiration.

My trip to Downing Street views: 187

    On 28th November I was delighted to be heading to Downing Street. I had been invited as a Small Business Champion by the Small Business Saturday Campaign to celebrate 5 years of the campaign. I had been 2 years ago as part of the small business 100 for 2016. Firstly I wasn’t sure […]

The spirit of a small business views: 139

What an amazing weekend we’ve had!   Thank you for coming out and supporting the community of local small businesses. It was so fabulous to see so many gorgeous lovely friendly people at the Open Culture Winter Arts Market and then Baltic Market on Sunday.   And really – it’s not just about the sales… […]

#indieweek and #SmallBizSatUK views: 161

Last week we took part in an instagram challenge for #justacard. This was a campaign which highlighted the fact that every tiny purchase makes a difference to small businesses. The title of the campaign was inspired by a quote from an independent gallery owner after the closure of their gallery. “If everyone who’d complimented our […]

Chocolate Week is here! views: 193

National Chocolate Week is upon us again and we’re so happy to have a full week dedicated to the celebration of chocolate! During one of our tastings this week we were asked what it’s all about – why chocolate week? For us its always been about celebrating chocolate in its beautiful wondrous form and the […]