GOOD NEWS!

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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:

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/tealightbooks

Instagram:
https://instagram.com/tealightbooks

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!

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevencolborne/

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!

Steven xx

21 comments

  1. Hi Steven. It looks like things are looking up for you. I’m especially glad that you are leaving behind that nightmare living situation you were in. Also wishing you wisdom and insight to know how to deal with the move-out situation. Best of luck with your new home, new business, and new life!

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    1. David, it’s so good to hear from you! Thank you for always being so kind. I hope things are well, and I’ve seen on Facebook that you’ve been having a lot of fun with your grandson 😊 Very best wishes, I need to catch up with your blog 😊

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  2. Praise God! So glad to hear about your fresh start in a new place in London! Great to hear about your business too, congratulations brother! I will be sure to follow it on Twitter. I will be praying for you! So cool to see how God is working everything out for good, God bless!

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  3. I’m happy for you and I hope all goes well! If you feel unsafe, please don’t go alone. I moved away from abusers (long ago) by packing a suitcase and taking a plane. It sucked to lose all my belongings, but man… I felt so free! LoL And then later you get stuff back. It’s just stuff, after all 🙂 So, please be safe! Take care and God bless 🙂

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    1. That is absolutely top class advice, Yari! That’s what I’ve been thinking, actually. It’s only stuff and it can be replaced. I’ve got my MacBook and phone with me anyway (and my passport) so I’m very fortunate! I’m sorry you found yourself in a similar situation but you are incredibly strong and brave to do what you did. I feel blessed to know you! Thank you so much xx

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    1. Hi Rebekah! That’s such a kind offer, thank you so much. Which part of London are they in? My email address is on the Contact page so if you’re willing to send me a quick email with some details I’d be grateful. I don’t like to post my email address in the comments because I’m worried crawlers might pick it up and start spamming me. Blessings!

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  4. Steven, the update is appreciated. Great testimony! God has brought you this far and He will continue to guide you. Keep on trusting in the Lord. It is well.

    Every blessing!

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    1. Thanks, Lily! Things are starting to come together, though everything feels a little complicated right now. I think this is only natural when setting up a business, though. Thank you so much for the prayers, you’re awesome!!

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