"Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life."

I remember the ah-ha moment I had when I first read this quote by Robin Sharma. At the time, the idea of creating a vegan eatery had been swirling around in my mind for a while, but it was easier to promise myself that 'one day' I'd do it but right now I didn't have enough money/experience/skills to really go for it.

But 'one day' just gets further and further away, so you fall into a routine and become complacent and stop challenging yourself.

This quote reminded me to wake the fuck up, stop making excuses and just go for it. It's been almost four years and I have never been more stressed or overworked, but I also wouldn't have learnt the lessons and grown in the ways that I have. 

I had a heap of fun this weekend with photographer Jas, who created this photoshoot at the cafe as part of her #isodayshootswithjas. Jas stays at a safe distance as she captures the way people are working through this crazy time. View more of her work here

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would encouraging people to minimise their time spent in my cafe and get takeaway instead (!). "I wanted to create a space where people would want to spend their time, not just their money." The COVID-19 pandemic has forced my small business to re-assess and adapt to survive, and I'm so grateful to have these images as memories of a unsettling, but ultimately rewarding, time in The Sweet Meadow's journey.

All images by Jasmin Tarczon Photography.

Written by Aishe Besim
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