Family, Mental Health, Careers & I

Family, Mental Health, Careers & I

July 20th 2020

It’s rare I write about myself or family matters but it’s important to express your own journey. The good, bad and the ugly. It helps us all develop and grow as individuals. This entry isn’t talking directly about antiques, but more of a personal touch and that is what my business is about, seeing that a person is behind the works and not a robot.

The end of 2019 saw the devastating loss of my Nana, known to the family as ‘Mud’. Mud was an essential part to our family bringing an eccentric, flamboyant and creativity element to our family. This creativity added to the other side of my parent’s family, a strong logical business mind has ended up in quite an unusual collaboration of which I have benefited dramatically. Both my sister and I have tried various things after education but have ended up chasing our passion. Lydia works tirelessly trying to promote her fashion outfits and has so far accomplished amazing heights such as featuring her handmade dress in the Italian vogue magazine. She’s more creative than me and colour filters may be required but boy she is talented. Ultimately, we both feel it’s important to do what you love.

For myself on the other hand I did not attend university, I did not enjoy school and as a result took on an apprenticeship with British Gas, one of which taught me many valuable lessons. Later I moved onto work for boiler manufacture Worcester Bosch and within 2 years found myself in the senior engineer position, this was challenging and really gave me a good focus at work. I am the type of person who gets bored easily if I am not challenged mentally.

My personal circumstances took a dramatic turn and I lost my way early 2019. In the overcoming months I came to the realisation that I was battling with depression, not sleeping, having stress and worry which ultimately, I couldn’t manage amongst many other mental health concerns. I got up and carried on for many years not really paying much attention to any of it thinking it was ‘normal’ I guess. I would get up go to work come home and repeat daily, never really enjoying anything and never really expressing myself. I still find this difficult now, but I can confidently say that I have turned my life around. I quit the 9-5 that I had spent years building an engineering portfolio for and began to re-evaluate the life I was living.

Antiques have always been an interest to me and I remember in the early days of my secondary school life I would be buying Gameboys off my friends in large quantities and splitting them to sell on, I set up a local bird seed business which I named ‘Peckerz’ and bought grain wholesale and split and delivered to the local villages. Evidently the entrepreneurial flair has always been within me. This has led me down a path which I can confidently say has been the most crucial and exciting time of my life entering into the antiques world full time. I confidently can say I am the proud solo owner of Jacksons Antique. We specialise in ‘bringing history to hands one antique at a time’. Finding things that have been hidden away for many years and bringing them to the market is such a fuel for me, it’s an addiction and one that makes every day different, while on the road we try to make enough money to pay the bills and anything extra is gravy.

I think it’s important for people to express themselves in everyday life, be confident, build your brand, believe in yourself and most of all do what you love. I can’t say it’s easy but if you do what you love it doesn’t matter because you will work harder if you love what you do. It’s sometimes hard to make that decision to jump ship and people say, ‘the grass isn’t always greener’ and maybe it isn’t but if you don’t try you will never know and more often than not you will learn more by trying something new after all you learn from your mistakes.

I’d like to finish with an inspirational quote from somebody that is a huge inspiration to me personally, Walter Elias Disney. Somebody who against all odds and all knock downs became one of the most successful and well-known businessmen to this day by chasing a dream turning it into a reality, and most importantly contrary to belief it’s not all about money.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”

And from me, be confident, be happy, be true to yourself and go for it, don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t.

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