Everything will be okay in the end. And if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

A few years back, I left teaching.

At the time it was the biggest, scariest, most life changing decision I’d ever made. I went from having a secure job, a secure income, being part of somewhere where I belonged and was valued to having no bloody money and no real purpose. Apart from being a mad cat lady, which will always be my true calling, of course.

I remember feeling such a mixture of excitement, apprehension and just wondering if I’d done the right thing or not. But I had done the right thing because that little niggle of needing to move on, needing to find fresh ground and needing to leave something that although I was proud of was also making me sad doesn’t just go away. And life is just too short for that.

After leaving teaching, I got a job at The Kiosk in Russell Park as I was new to Bedford and it was the best thing I could have done. I met the loveliest people, made some really good friends and I remembered what I loved again. Cats. Only kidding, I knew that already. I felt that I belonged somewhere again and for me, I don’t need millions in the bank, a career ladder, a secure pension (sorry dad); I just want to belong, be around people I love and to feel like I’m making an impact somewhere. Nb. Ill never turn any of the previous down, if anyone’s ever offering?

Sometimes you look back on decisions that at the time seem like the biggest and hardest thing to make with different eyes. Things make sense and suddenly it all fits in to place, new opportunities arise you understand why you had that little niggle of needing to move on.
Recently, I’ve had to make one of those decisions again and it is with great sadness that I let you know that the team and I are moving out of Riverside. As I sit here writing this in my PJs at silly o clock it seems like such a scary thing to have to tell you. I’ve been putting off writing this as now it is real. Now it is happening. And now I have to work out what I’m going to do with 13 tables. But I know, with a little bit of time I will look back on this with different eyes. Things will make sense and suddenly it will all fit in place, new opportunities arise and you understand why you had that little niggle of needing to move on.

I cant really tell you how bloomin’ amazing my team are and even though this news has effected them, how supportive and positive they continue to be. I don’t know what I did to deserve them and I cant tell you how grateful I am to every single one of them who has made Fays at Riverside a special place to be and for their continued, relentless support of anything I bring to the table. Saying thank you to them is not enough and doesn’t even begin to express how much I appreciate them.

We will miss you all. More than we can tell you. Thank you for coming along with us for our journey so far. We hope you can continue to support us and pop in and say hi at Star and at our future adventures.
I often think about a quote from one of my great heroes, an amazing guy who always says the right things and is a master of the spoken word – you guessed it, Winnie the Pooh. I suppose its kind of fitting for times like this.

I am so truly grateful for all the times we have had at Riverside. Every morning, setting up the displays, arranging the tables, playing my favourite songs full blast on the speaker and just looking around being proud of what we created is very hard to say good bye to and move on from but exciting times and adventures await – we hope to see you along the way.

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