Welcome to Winchester, Open House Deli!

At a recent networking event held by my good friend Emma of Women Who Do, I met the lovely Rebecca, who recently left the corporate world behind to pursue her dream of opening her own deli in the heart of Winchester. As a huge foodie myself and always keen to back ambitious ideas, I wanted to know more about Rebecca’s story. We met for coffee at The Dispensary Kitchen (one of my favourite coffee spots in Winchester), where she told me all about her exciting new business…

 

Previously a marketer based in London who travelled across the country a lot for business, Rebecca had a passion for food and sustainability and wanted to take this further in her hometown.

Those of you who know Winchester will probably agree that we’re very lucky to have a great coffee scene and good choice of pubs and restaurants. But the options for fresh grab-and-go food remain somewhat limited, with the big chains still many people’s go-to for takeaway sandwiches and salads.

This is the space Rebecca aims to fill with Open House Deli – a concept based on healthy food that is locally-sourced and centres around an environmentally-friendly foundation, without high costs for customers – yay!

The Open House Deli stall has been up and running at Winchester market for a few weeks now, offering an amazing choice of salads and sweet treats. Most of these foods are also vegan friendly, though this wasn’t a conscious effort from Rebecca, who simply aims to offer healthy, fresh foods.

I tried out some of the Open House Deli goodies recently – highly recommend the snickers bars!

 

In the not-so-distant future, Rebecca aims to to open her own permanent space in Winchester city centre, where she’ll supply the same great foods for eating in or grabbing-to-go, as well as supplying local ingredients like nuts and coffee beans that customers can take home.

I’ve been lucky to meet some amazing people in the year-and-a-bit I’ve lived in Winchester, and meeting Rebecca – a lady who has given up a great career and an exciting London lifestyle to make a career out of a concept she’s passionate about – has been so refreshing. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2018 brings for OpenHouse deli!

You can find the stall in Winchester high-street every Wednesday and Friday for all your healthy eating needs!

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The Art of Balance

For my first blog post in 7 months, I decided to write about something a bit different – something I feel will be very relatable to lots of people, also contributes to why I haven’t written for so long…

How many times have you written yourself a page-long To-Do list for the day, only to end up substituting stuff you needed to do with something ‘easier’?

Some days I’m the queen of multitasking, putting my fingers in lots of pies and feeling like a total girl boss for completing a ton of things.

Other times, I’d rather lie on the sofa and watch episodes of Eat Well For Less that I’ve already seen before, because the thought of actually getting on with what needs to be done is far too mentally strenuous.

Without sounding like the ‘I’m so busy I don’t have time for anything’ stereotype, I feel pretty busy. I have a busy job, always schedule in an hour a day for the gym/yoga, am studying for a degree-level course in Marketing, and also clinging on to that childhood dream of being a successful songwriter. This is along with generally wanting to be awesome at everything and juggling the grown-up tasks required when moving out of your family home, which I have recently learned.

Phew. I feel exhausted just thinking about it, and am already reminding myself of things I must get done later.

But luckily, I’m starting to learn that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and good things take time.

I’m also realising that it’s just not realistic to expect so highly of yourself that even you know you won’t be able to fit everything in. Queue the art of balance.

My boyfriend frequently reminds me that it’s better to plan a couple of important tasks that I know I should be able to finish than to rush through 5 or 6 things. Now, my weekday strategy is to use my snazzy Collins To-Do pads to lay out my main priorities for the day, with rough timescales for how long I’d like to spend on these things, and scheduled time away from my laptop to take a breather.

For me, having balance in my life is absolutely key. I’m just not one of those people who can work through the night or skip meals to get more done – and I’m also not willing to. In the end, I believe this will lead to a burn-out, poorer performance and cause unnecessary stress.

This is one reason that I cherish my beloved gym visits. No, I don’t ‘need’ to workout every day, and there are days when I decide to stay home and chill instead, but essentially, the gym – and yoga especially – provides a break from the outside world that allows me to reboot. Plus, the endorphins are so real!

Having this balance in my life allows me to embrace being ‘imperfect’ and encourages me to give myself a break when I don’t feel like I should – I’m sure a lot of people reading will be able to relate to this.

Dog with macaroons

How do you find balance in your life?

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