All right, I know I'm biased, but it's great to be part of a successful independent business. I work in the shop three days a week and the greatest satisfaction I have is getting to know customers and becoming friends with them. Being part of a community is part of being alive.
But just to balance the picture, my biggest dread is having to change the refill boxes on the Ecover Refill 'Station'. Several customers have seen me covered in Fabric Conditioner! Still, nine times out of ten I get it right with help from friendly customers. Introducing the refills was definitely 'a good idea'!
I have a retirement date in mind - not getting any younger - but when it comes, will I actually want to go? It's not for several years so no need to worry yet.