It seems like it's been a while since my last update of what is going on at Jennifer Hamley HQ, so I thought I'd share a more personal post today:
As you may know, we will be relocating to Bali for a while ('we' would be myself and my husband Ben, who now works in the business too - I'll write a post introducing him soon!) The reason for the move? I spend 80% of my time at my laptop, so I wondered if it would be possible to explore the world whilst running the business at the same time. I hear of all kinds of businesses run by 'digital nomads' every day, and as we already work with people from around the world to make the handbags a reality, little will change (apart from some time zone adjustments for our phone calls!)
I've have been asked how I will cope being so far from home; away from friends and family, away from the support and network of fellow entrepreneurs I have in the UK. I believe that travel can make things new and exciting - I embrace change rather than run from it. It opens up ideas that I wouldn't have had sat in the same chair at the same table back home. I am bound to my friends and family by the glorious internet, and that network will grow from meeting new people. And honestly, if it doesn't work out, I can get on a plane and come back home anytime.
Plans never go quite as expected, and already we have had to change our flight date. We were supposed to fly out on the 29th October, after the delivery of the Sakura and Mini KT handbags. Unfortunately a delay in manufacturing has pushed everything back a month (much to my disappointment, I hate to let my pre-order customers down) and we are now flying on the 6th December after the bags arrive later in November.
Never liking to do things the easy way, we moved out of our house already! As we were flying out on the 29th October we decided to spend our last few weeks visiting friends and family so moved out early (1st September early!). With the change of our flights we suddenly had to think fast on where to live, and have been house sitting and looking after pets for friends, friends of friends and family members. We became digital nomads earlier than expected! The amazing thing? Already travel has made me more aware of new ideas, I move more quickly, and I get to work in some beautiful spaces (today's pictures are from when we were staying in South Gloucestershire and I made myself very comfortable working in the garden 'jungle hut')
Today we are in the Peak District, the next two weeks will be in Cornwall. All the time we'll be running the business with a new picturesque view to look at over the top of our laptops. I'm very grateful that we've taken the leap to live this way for a time. I'll keep you up to date on how it goes.
I'd love to hear your thoughts, have you worked and travelled? Ever moved out of your house accidentally to early (!) or have any questions? I'd love to hear them.