Getting into our groove
The first month is behind us. Little Leaf Guest House has officially been open 4 weeks. Cue fanfares and trumpet noises. Notably in the last month we have:
a) not poisoned a guest
b) had 20 lovely reviews on Trip Advisor (and don’t think it hasn’t crossed my mind to send all reviewers a thank you note)
c) been awarded 4 stars by the AA hotel inspector (a hair-raising morning)
d) cooked breakfast for 17 people over two sittings
e) met lots of wonderful people
f) generated an incredibly efficient routine for cleaning bathrooms (or Danny has – I still don’t do bathrooms)
It’s quite amazing that this time a year ago both Danny and I were happily ensconsed in the heart of London going about our lives with not even the breadcrumb of an idea about opening a guest house.
On a personal note our achievements over the last month have included making friends, getting involved in the Chamber of Commerce, walking the coastal path from St Ives to Zennor and learning how to live a life where there is not much (external to the business) to stress you out.
You may laugh… “What do you mean – learn how to live without stress? Surely that comes naturally?’… but you’d be surprised. Danny and I have finished some days at 2pm and been on top of all the shopping, banking and marketing and our discontent is palpable. ‘What now?’, we’ve thought, ‘What next?’.
No matter that we’ve been up since 6am, haven’t had a lunch break and just pushed on through with the work, it just feels like we’ve been playing truant, like we don’t have real jobs because we’re not running around like headless chickens worrying about whether the tube will break down, thus ensuring we don’t make our next dinner / meeting / friend date. We’re not ‘properly working’ because it hasn’t taken us 90 minutes to get to work and we’re not dealing with a crisis.
Funny though it may seem we have taken a while to get into our groove. To feel like we’re running a business, not just a guest house – the two being remarkably different things (in our heads anyway).
However, this past week has been different. Our Little Leaf ‘Charter’ has been written and we are ramping up to the Summer. Guests are liking what we are doing and we’ve even had a few people book with us because we’ve been recommended – not bad considering we’ve not had that many people stay. The phone is ringing and there’s even been some last minute ‘walk-in’ bookings which keep us on our toes.
In short, we’re finally enjoying ourselves. The panic is over, the fear that we may be bored is over, we’ve been out with friends (new friends) and we’re getting involved and excited about living in St Ives and the business ahead of us.
Once our (less than healthy) obsession with Trip Advisor leaves us we should be bang on track.