My name is Pennie and I am the business manager of The Penny
Peach Co. Well I am everything to do
with The Penny Peach Co. in fact. At the
moment, that is. I’m looking forward to
that changing. I do have a back-up crew
and I really hope to have some new friends join my Company someday soon.
The idea for the business grew over a few months. Over that last 2 years or so I experienced a slow deterioration in my mental health , which resulted in a breakdown in November 2018. This was caused by my not taking a smaller episode earlier in the year more seriously.
There are some truths about me that are undeniable: –
I love craft, I have always wanted my own business, doing
something I love. I did work for myself before,
but I was doing something I was not very enthusiastic about, which is why I
lost heart, I guess.
Through the darkest days of last year, quilting was my
escape. I really love creating
things. And, now I am a lady of a
certain age, I thought to myself, I need to give my dream a go. Don’t think “What could go wrong?”, my
attitude to it is
“What can go right?
I am aiming to create a mindful business. By that I mean that I will conduct my
business with the principles that I have learnt from mindfulness.
I will endeavour to use environmentally friendly products
wherever I can. Practicalities make it
difficult as I start up, but the goal is to be the best friend I can be to the
If I employ people, I want to establish a co-operative
working environment where we are all encouraged to take part in all roles
within the business.
But gosh, starting a business is very scary. Some days I get so scared I want to run
away. Other days I get so full of
enthusiasm I think I am going to take the world by storm. It is a scary process, but I look forward to
sharing my adventures with you and giving a big hug of gratitude to those
people who have helped me along the way, while I overcome my default
conditioning that I will fail.
Obviously, I will want to protect the interests of the
business and its reputation; but when I had a breakdown, I dreamed of changing working
environments for workers in the UK. I
wanted to break through the old established protocols and make going to work
pleasurable for people; People deserve a sense of job satisfaction and
fulfilment from their employment in an environment where self-centred people
with a single-minded approach can not flourish so easily; especially at
the expense of their colleagues.
When you think that suicide is the biggest killer in men
under 40, most of these men are working.
I want to create healthier environments for people to work in where they
can feel safe to talk openly about their worries and concerns; I can’t change
the world, but that change can start with me.
I also have another blog which I write in tandem with this
one. It is called Peachymindmatters and goes more
in depth into matters relating to Mental Health. Please pop over and take a look. I share lots of wise tips and anecdotes that I have
picked up from regularly listening to inspirational and factual podcasts about
mental health; and I have my own stories to tell, it is very positive. I have been dealing with these issues for 40
years. I think I should share my
experiences. Someone might be helped by