Blaming Boris et al for my trip to A & E.

This day last week, I woke to the news that we were being dragged out of the EU- and with that statement- yes my colours on this issue are pretty much nailed to the mast right away!

I cannot quite explain the fog which came over me last Friday and which has sort of lingered all week. No football every night hasn't helped my addiction to this subject on Twitter either. 
I walked around last Friday in pretty much a daze but with an anger bubbling inside I have never experienced before and where I had nowhere to channel, well bar anyone who would be up for joining me on a rant on the subject,  and there were plenty of willing volunteers in the shops.

My last blog was about having to embrace uncertainty and this latest situation is testing that to its limit. Feeling totally powerless to do anything to change this situation makes it the hardest to deal with. In the short term, paying bills in Danish Krone and Euros isn't any fun when sterling hits a 30 year low. In the medium to long term, who knows? I may have to embrace uncertainty; I don't have to like it.

I have invested everything I have and taken huge leaps of faith in setting up a very European business in Belfast. I am Northern Irish. I am Irish. I am European. Whether it's because I lived there, have great friends from there or have staff from there, I genuinely feel a connection to Europe. It's a part of who I am. It's part of my identity. 

Watching and supporting both Northern Ireland and Ireland in the Euros was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life. There was no, 'us' and 'them' it was genuine excitement and joy at seeing both teams play and the amazing supporters out in France entertaining the world. We were the toast of the tournament. We were the envy of most other countries in Europe and I don't want that to change. 

So whilst I may not be able to have any sway or influence with the powers that be to persuade them to not take us out of Europe...what I vow to do is to try and harness as much of the positivity and energy which we had in the Euros to running my proudly European business as best I can through the hurdles which are coming. 

We will still be serving coffee which was grown in Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Guatemala, roasted in Sweden and shipped from Copenhagen. Made with love by one of our multinational team and served to you in Danish designed crockery. We hope you'll still love this little European enclave in the capital of Northern Ireland.

Oh- and why is Boris to blame for my trip to A&E?

Well I have a history of falling fell and trail running and as of last night, I hit number five on the trips to A & E for stitches in one or both of my knees. The last time I fell was two years ago when I had just opened the first Kaffe O and my head was well a little fuzzy. Last night my head was a little fuzzy again and trip number five came to fruition. That said when I opened Kaffe O two years ago- I never could have predicted that leaving the EU would be one of my business stresses!

So yet again as a major competition I am training for looms close. I am sat on the sofa, feet up googling ways to speed up the healing process. Déjà vu. 

O