Greetings, friends! If I recall correctly, I promised an update in relation to my nightmarish accommodation situation, or if I didn’t, I know some of you asked me to keep you updated, so that is the purpose of this post. And yes, I have good news!
I’m delighted to say that after three weeks staying in emergency accommodation (Travelodges and Air BnB’s), I have found a place to move to, and yesterday signed the tenancy agreement with the landlord. My move-in date is this Sunday, 1st September. It’s a really nice part of London, and the rent is reasonable. There’s a big park nearby (important to me!) as well as a couple of gyms and plenty of shops.
Of course, the first thing to say is thank you for your good wishes and prayers! Many of you know that my precarious accommodation situation has been going on for years, so it really is a huge relief to be moving on. It really does feel like a fresh start because I will no longer be renting within the mental health system with all the associated problems.
I will be working full-time on a business that I’m setting up. The business, which is called Tealight Books, is an author services company that will aim to guide authors through every step of the self-publishing process. Having self-published five books myself, and also with my background in promotion and marketing, I feel I am well equipped to help authors navigate the self-publishing jungle. As part of my business plan, I’m going to offer authors proofreading and editing services, and I will be doing some training in order to make myself officially qualified to do that.
It’s a little too early to be promoting my business, but I have just set up a Twitter account and an Instagram account for the business, so if you’re at all interested (or would just like to be kind and support me!) here are the links:
For an overview of the services I’m going to be offering, a good place to look is my LinkedIn profile. If we’re not already connected on LinkedIn, let’s connect!
I do still have one rather difficult hurdle to overcome before I move to my new accommodation. All of my belongings and still in my previous place, and to be honest with you I feel very unsafe going back there. I’m in two minds as to what to do. One option is to just vacate and leave all of my belongings (yes, not ideal, but not the end of the world). Another option is to ask a friend with a van to come with me to transport all my belongings (a little risky, but the best option financially). And the third option is that I hire a van but see if I can get a police officer to attend the property while I move out. I have been in email contact with the police and they did suggest this is an option, but my worry is that when the nightmare tenant sees a police officer he will know I’ve reported all his antisocial behaviour, which could make him very angry.
Please don’t feel you need to advise me on the best course of action (although the comments are open), what’s much more important is your prayers that God will guide me to do the right thing and keep me safe. The whole thing is a lot more complicated than I have been able to convey in this brief blog post.
So, a new chapter begins, and I’m very excited. I will have to work hard in order to make the business a success, but I’m working on a business plan and am hoping to secure a government backed start-up loan as well as some mentorship for the first year of operating the business.
One annoying thing is that my MacBook Pro has started packing up on me just when I need it the most! I’m getting this strange flickering on the screen, and I was also checking my emails in the park and the wind blew some melon onto the keyboard which has made my ‘delete’ key really sticky. This means that whenever I press delete I risk deleting a whole sentence, or even a paragraph, until I can get it unstuck 😂
Thanks again, everyone. Peace and blessings upon you and do keep in touch!