‘Getting your shit together’ from a different perspective.

I almost had my shit together just over three years ago. I had a good job, comfortable relationship, driving lessons, saving up for a car and I had just graduated university. Then I realised I didn’t want all that and chucked it away without a second glance. I passed my driving test and two weeks later I flew out to Corfu to begin my best life.

Most people believe getting your shit together is marriage, children, good career, house, car, regular dentist check-ups etc. For some, this is definitely the case and this is great! However, many of us struggle to meet these demands and feel underaccomplished when we don’t meet them. Today I want to focus on this. It is also okay not to meet the demands so many of us spend a lifetime trying to reach.

As I’ve mentioned a few times already on social media and my previous blog post (Click here for previous post), I’m turning 25 and I suddenly had a ‘oh my god I don’t have my shit together’ meltdown.

But what really is the right age to get it all together?

Many people say it’s your 20’s that really count and I totally believe that right now I’m right bang in the middle of my most critical and life changing decade. I still don’t believe there is a definite number to get everything together though.

I don’t have a car, house or any of the things considered ‘normal’ in adulthood. I ride my bicycle to work every day as I currently don’t have another option. It’s nice to have 15 minutes of quiet time whilst I cycle, nature is around me (apart from when giant tourist busses come flying round roads barely big enough for a car) and feel I’ve achieved something in my day.

My idea of getting my shit together is being happy in myself. I like myself for the first time in my entire life. I’m finally being noticed for being funny and chatty and approachable and not the girl who spews out word vomit and says awkward things in awkward situations. I’ve not been in school for 6/7 years now and I finally feel like I’m shaking off that awkward teenage phase and becoming a young adult.

Some are late bloomers. Some know exactly what they want and when they want before they even reach adulthood. Both are okay. Both are VERY okay.

Sometimes I have trouble deciding what I want to eat for dinner so deciding what I want to do in life is one of those things I will probably never make a decision with.

One day I’m totally into heavy rock and the next I’m feeling a bit of Adele. I think it’s okay not to be a decision maker. There’s a lot of stigma on that. Even I joke sometimes when people can’t make a decision! But who are we to judge on what is the right or wrong way to behave?

My life now is good. I work in a restaurant and have proved I can work extra hard under pressure, learn fast and be part of a team. I’m not afraid of a curve ball and I’m able to keep spirits high when things are difficult.

Plus I get this view on a daily basis ⬇️

In just over a month I will return to England for a little while, make some extra money and return to Greece in February. It’s nice to see family again and it means I can live ‘the best of both worlds’ (to quote my beloved Hannah Montana).

I like living in the NOW. As soon as I stop enjoying it, I will change my tune and that makes life feel less scary. I have personal autonomy.

A note to everyone worrying about getting their shit together:

You don’t have to. Enjoy now. Don’t regret decisions, learn from them. Don’t believe in mistakes, believe in learning curves. Everyone’s time will come and it might be that your career really kicks off later in life. Maybe riding your bicycle to work every day is what you’re supposed to be doing. So don’t get hung up on someone who didn’t hire you or if an opportunity falls through. If you want something enough, you’ll get it but it might not be right when you want or expect it.

Time is a precious thing but we also have enough of it to be patient and let things happen when they’re supposed to happen.

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25 things I have achieved and 25 things I want to achieve

As it’s the big 2-5 For me in just over a week, I have decided to write 25 things I have achieved over 25 years and 25 things I would like to achieve in the next 25 years.

I swear I won’t say 25 again.

What I have achieved:

*disclaimer* these aren’t always positive achievements but achievements all the same. I also promise to not say achieved too much again.

1. I went to university

2. I didn’t fail anything at university

3. I did gymnastics for 10 years and can still do many things now as a result

4. Although I studied Early Childhood at university, I make an excellent waitress

5. I’ve had keyhole surgery on my knee

6. I’ve seen football matches all over the UK

7. My hair has been dyed black, brown, blonde and pink

8. I moved abroad

9. I found independence

10. I’ve been heartbroken

11. I’ve dealt with loss and life-changing events that we never expect to happen to us or the people we love

12. I had an epic imaginative childhood

13. I started my blog (I wish I’d started sooner!)

14. I’ve read all Harry Potter books 7 times and I’m scared to read them again as 7 is the magic number.

15. I passed my driving test

16. I’ve travelled both alone and with others

17. My mum fired me from her cafe when I was 15 and re-hired me when I was 16 (a story for another day)

18. I lead and managed a kids club for a short amount of time

19. I’ve never broken a bone (touch wood I still have a week for this to come true)

20. I have changed my way of thinking to give myself a more positive life

21. I’ve possibly learned more in 4 months of working in a Greek restaurant than I ever have in my working life.

22. I have voted on several occasions

23. I made friends for life

24. We rescued a dog (best decision of our entire lives)

25. It’s taken years to achieve but I’m finally the person I want to be.

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What I want to achieve in the next 25 years:

1. A regular fitness routine

2. Better diet

3. Have children

4. Become fluent in Greek

5. Travel more

6. Publish something

7. Expand my house

8. Be better at hair and makeup

9. Buy a car

10. Get married

11. Have some influence in plastic-free Greece

12. Earn decent money from what I love doing

13. Island hop

14. Write a book

15. Be financially secure

16. Become a better cook

17. Rescue more dogs

Because why on earth would you not want to rescue this little pooch? P.s we don’t dress him up, ever. However, this was just too cute and the only time he has not dragged something off and ripped it to shreds 💜

18. Cycle more

19. Invest in property (If possible!)

20. Have my children go to university or travel/live in another country

21. Live more spontaneously

22. Buy a pro camera

23. Go on as many city breaks as possible

24. Be content

25. Share my experiences with others

Winter in Greece: Meteora and Portaikos Bridge

The dream. Ever since I was 8 years old and learned about ancient Greece in school, I have thought ‘I want to go there’

I remember spending hours at a time searching for images of Greece on the internet and frequently seeing these beautiful buildings sat on top of cliffs and wondering what they were.

This February my dream came true and I got to go to Meteora.

From the ferry in Igoumenitsa to Meteora it took at least 2 and a half hours and by that time I had belted out all the Adele you could possibly imagine and most of my playlist had been listened to.

The roads were long and winding, going up and down the mountain sides. Definitely not made for big trucks and lorries. However, we managed to get stuck behind probably the biggest lorry I have ever seen and it’s a miracle it didn’t fall off the side of the mountain.

Before we reached meteora we were also held up by a big bunch of goats/sheep crossing the road. They’d decided that crossing just around a corner was their safest option and we almost had some roadkill to take home with us. I’m kidding of course (If you know, you know).

Anyway we drew nearer to our destination and slowly we started to see civilisation again.

For those of you who have never seen Meteora, I just cannot put into words how breathtaking it is. For a good 10 minutes I was saying ‘no way, this is just a green screen’ – it honestly just did not look real.

As you can see here, there was a lot of dust and sand in the air across Greece at the time which explains our unkept windscreen!

Sat on the top of some of these rock formations are monasteries and believe it or not people still live there. My boyfriend and their family had drove past Meteora before but never stopped to look so with my over excitement (literal screaming was happening) they made the decision (there was no choice) to stop.

There were many different points in which we could stop and it could have taken an entire day but we decided to stand on some rocks (with a very big drop down) to get a good shot of the monasteries.

As you can see from the photograph, it looks pretty inaccessible. Apparently they use a sort of conveyer belt to hoist up food and other requirements however most foods are grown within the monasteries.

We drove a little further up and reached a monastery that we could access over a bridge. I think it was around 2-3 euros to enter but this was just a small entry fee and the proceedings are put back into the upkeep. On the wall were scarves and long length skirts for those who had come in shorts as the monastery is home to Nuns and this was a duty of respect.

Some of the others are home to Monks also, however the one we visited was specifically for Nuns practicing Orthodox Christianity.

I wasn’t able to take photographs inside the church and monastery however I did take several photos of the view from the top!

📷: Kalabaka (Καλαμπακα) – the town below the monasteries

Out of respect, I didn’t take photos inside and although the paintings and artwork in there were so intricate and beautiful, I was sad I didn’t know enough Greek to understand what the woman was talking about.

Part of me felt quite uncomfortable in there as it was obvious many people had come on a path of Faith and as I’m not religious, I just felt like a giant tourist looking at paintings in a puffer jacket and skinny jeans. I like history though and this place clearly had a lot of it.

After a quick stop at Meteora and one or two Pita Gyros later, we headed back onto the road in search of a giant bridge in Trikala.

From what I’ve been told, his bridge dates back to the 1500’s (the Ottoman-era) and was the main access to almost everywhere.

It’s official name is Portaikos Bridge (Γέφυρα Πορταϊκού) and although it just looks like an old bridge, it’s pretty amazing to think back to all the hundreds of thousands of people who have walked across it before we did.

Underneath is a river which was a beautiful grey/blue colour and I could have happily sat with a coffee and watched and listened to the rushing water all day.

Apparently, people used to take their donkeys over these mountains as there was no other way to access the other towns back before cars. Even the roads today are long and winding and a lot of our journey could be cut short if there were roads going through the mountains, but who wants to spoil a view as fantastic as this?

This was only day one of our trip and there was still a whole load more to see.

Winter in Greece: The Ferry

This is part 1 of 5 of my ‘Winter in Greece’ experience 2018

Who knew Greece had a winter? I thought it would reach autumnal at best but it turns out I was completely wrong!

In February 2018 we travelled around Mainland Greece and I was so fortunate to be introduced to a whole new world that would give Jasmine and Aladdin a run for their money.

Living in the UK most of my life, I’ve seen snow. Apart from the great snowfall of 2011, the snow in the UK is basically just slushy crap. Not in Greece however, I finally saw PROPER snow. It turns out up in the North of the Country there’s mountains, ski resorts and all sorts going on that I wasn’t aware of. It felt like going to a completely new country!

For the next few weeks I’m going to focus on really giving you insight into my trip around Mainland Greece. It’s amazing how much you can fit into such a small space of time.

To paint the picture, I travelled with my boyfriend and his parents (who are all Greek) and they desperately wanted to show me the places they would go when they were younger. We took two cars as we couldn’t fit all our belongings into one and my boyfriend wanted to follow his Dad so that one day he might be able to take the journey without him.

The trip only lasted 2 nights and 3 days but I think I probably saw more in that compact weekend away than I ever have in my life!

The ferry

The journey started in Corfu and was an interesting experience to say the least. We went to the port to take a ferry over to mainland. I am not a boat person at all and these ferries are pretty small.

Most of my journey to the mainland usually consists of my head in my hands and a bottle of water. As most of you know I’m a huge coffee fan but even the smell of it on a boat makes me turn green.

Before the ferry left the port I decided to use the toilet (before it started to move) and I was surprised to notice there were no doors! Desperate times call for desperate measures and the ferry was pretty quiet so I decided to just go for it. Door. Wide. Open.

Half way through my wee, I realised that actually the doors were pinned back to stop them from slamming whilst the ferry was in movement. I couldn’t reach to shut so I was trying to have the quickest wee of my life and unsurprisingly it was probably the longest wee I’ve ever had. I don’t know why I made the decision to do it with the door open anyway, I’m a very much ‘locked door’ kind of gal and visiting anyone’s house who doesn’t have a lock on the door sends my nerves through the roof.

I finally finished and very hurriedly went to wash my hands, as I walked out I quickly glanced in the mirror only to realise that from where I am standing (outside the bathroom) you can see directly into the cubicle I just used.

I’m not sure if anyone saw but let’s hope they didn’t see my face.

The town from the photograph above is Igoumenitsa. It’s well known for its port. Although you cannot see from the mountains, this was my first sign of snow in the distance.

As a child, I very much hated the thought of a road trip. Having to share the back seats of the car with my brothers who I didn’t want to touch and bouncing along in our old Ford Granada. It was stuffy and jammed with all our belongings and mum rationed the food so we didn’t eat it all within the first hour.

This road trip was different. I had a playlist on Spotify set up with all my favourite songs, all the space I could ever wish for and a view that left me hanging out of the window like a happy little dog.

Who knew Greece was so vast? Forget beachy holidays and crystal blue seas, there’s a whole other world right on my doorstep and this is only the very beginning of my journey.

Words of wisdom from a former student to the future students

*disclaimer – not all photographs are my own!*

University feels like a fond and distant memory to me now. It’s a precious couple of years and not a single experience will be forgotten.

SO I have decided to pass on some of my experience to those of you starting uni in a month or two.

First things first, don’t panic. You have got this!

Read my 12 steps to success for fitting in at the first week of uni:

1. Open door policy

Make sure you’re knickers aren’t on show for everyone because having your door open is inviting and you might spot a lonely or nervous looking person scurrying past to make a cup of tea and there’s your chance to make a friend/make someone feel a bit better!

Plus people will see your door open and possibly stick their head round the door and introduce.

2. Don’t be afraid to knock

In my first year of uni, I didn’t really get on with a couple of people in my halls and I was so close to just going home and thinking it was a bad idea. However, I decided to give it one last push and went across the hall and knocked on a random persons door! I made a great bunch of friends from then on and ended up living with them in second and third year.

If I hadn’t built up every bit of my confidence to do that, I would have possibly gone home! Find your own happiness and don’t feel obliged to stick with the first people you meet.

3. Be the tea/coffee mum/dad

‘Want a cuppa?’ – remember how everyone likes their tea or coffee. It’s a sure fire way to make friends and people love it when you remember a small detail about them.

It also brings everyone together.

4. Do stuff as a group!

Know a simple recipe that your mum has been showing you how to do in preparation? Share it with others!

My go-to was always a Chilli Con Carne or Shepherds Pie. Easy and feeds everyone!

If you need to do laundry, go together. Make the mundane grown-up jobs less boring!

5. Communal spots

Suggest you all meet at a certain time in the kitchen or in someone’s room and just drink beer and play ring of fire. Going out and partying is fun but if you really wanna grow some friendships, sit and play stupid games and have a laugh. It absolutely takes the pressure off everyone when you’re in your comfort zone!

If you’re not big into drinking, have a movie night! Fold up different genres on paper and pull out one at random. After that get everyone to put their top 3 of that genre and the one that gets pulled out is the one you have to watch!

6. Birthdays

I had my birthday two days after arriving to uni and I was really nervous about this as I’d never had one away from home before. If it’s somebody’s birthday and you hear about it, whether you know them or not, get them a crate of beer and a box of heroes. Go the extra mile and plan something! See what they like doing. If they’re a club kinda person, go to a club. If they’re a pub person, go for a ‘Spoons dinner and beers.

I really did not deal with my birthday situation well, I was shy and awkward and a lot of people came and brought me a bottle of rosé and a bucket of sweets because they heard a girl called Jess was having a birthday and I awkwardly said thank you and went back to my room!

They turned out to be great friends and roommates after but they took the piss out of me for years for my little socially awkward episode. Help someone come out of their shell, they’re probably just as scared as you!

If it’s your birthday, don’t keep it a secret! Go and tell everyone and tell them what the plan is. Everyone is very much go with the flow for the first few weeks so get a party going!

7. What to do if you’re not happy

I’ve always lived by a 3 week rule. Two weeks is the length of a holiday and three weeks is a little bit more realistic than that. Don’t be ashamed if it isn’t right for you, don’t be pressured to do something just because everyone else is.

If you get to uni and something doesn’t feel right, give it 3 weeks. Try all the above and I really mean try and if after then it’s still not good, re-evaluate. Speak to family and friends and people you know who have lived the uni experience before rash decisions are made. There’s no shame in not liking something and that doesn’t make it a mistake, it’s all part of life’s experience and your journey might be on a different route!

12. Spend a little time on your room

Spend some time making your room a comfort zone for yourself. Bring your style and personality into it. Living away is not always the easiest to begin with so make it feel as homely as possible.

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I’m jealous of all you people beginning your adventure at uni in September/October. It was a great experience and really grew me as a human but I wish I had somebody who could have told me all this beforehand!

It’s been 3 years since I finished and 6 years since I started. The moment goes quick but it’ll last a lifetime!

P.s my door is always open for anyone who might need some advice about any aspect of university.

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Life In Greece: Q&A!

Over the past few days I have been gathering questions from some of you lovely individuals on Twitter and Instagram to create a Q&A blogpost about my life in Greece.

I have tried to keep my answers very real so I haven’t spent a lot of time editing as I think this can take away the personal feel.

I’m doing this mainly to inspire others as going on a journey like this is much easier than you think if you apply the ‘f**k it’ attitude!

1. What’s your favourite Greek food? Breakfast/Dinner/Dessert

Well it’s a little unknown fact that there isn’t really a specialty Greek breakfast. I mean there is but nobody really eats it on a daily basis. Coffee (and for the smokers, a cigarette) tends to be the go-to and a biscuit to follow. Very healthy. I tend to go for cereal so I apologise for my mundane breakfast routine!

There’s so many delicious foods and many of them will vary depending on Island, town or even village. I think my favourite traditional meal would have to be kleftiko. It’s a slow roasted lamb with oil and lemon surrounded by roasted potatoes and yummy vegetables! However I have been to other parts of Greece where it has been more of a cheesy dish.

Traditionally and famously Baklava is the well known dessert in Greece but often during the right time of the season I absolutely love watermelon (καρπούζι – karpouzi)!

2. What made you take the step to move?

I just wasn’t happy in myself. I found myself getting anxious because I wasn’t doing much with my life and at age 21 I was thinking:

I am wasting my early 20’s.

3. What was the biggest challenge you faced?

This is a pretty big one I must say!

Last year I was working in a hotel and I really wasn’t enjoying it as much as the year before. Different people and different experiences kind of tainted how much fun I had in 2016. I also had the security blanket of being employed by a UK company and I was paid into a UK bank account and any problems or worries I could call up the company and they would do their best to support me. The hotel I worked at was also a huge support network and they provided food, laundry and cleaning service once a week so I was taken care of pretty well.

Eventually things got too much and I decided to quit. I’m very lucky as my boyfriend is from Corfu and he has his own place and supported my decision. He was happy for me to move in with him and still is! (I think).

However suddenly trying to find a job in a completely foreign country with different approaches to work life was quite scary and hard work. I had a lot of paper work to fill out and as I don’t speak much Greek I had to lean heavily on my boyfriend to guide and help me through it all.

My confidence took a massive hit as I have never struggled finding work and as I quit my job in the height of summer, there were no (decent or legit) jobs going and I ended up doing some temporary work packing sweets into boxes and serving samples to tourists. I had to take two busses every day to get there and spent almost all my wage on that alone!

There were a lot of times when I thought I should just go back to the UK, make enough money to stay out there for a month or so at the time and then repeat scenario.

I was also very lonely. Living in a country where you don’t know a lot of people and you don’t really know where to start is quite scary and even for people like myself who are pretty content being alone, it got a little too much. All I wanted to do was speak fluent English and use a wider vocabulary. Not that I don’t love talking to others but I could only speak broken Greek and most people could speak only conversational English.

Fortunately, I stumbled upon a cafe just up the road from me and it turned out to have a lot of British customers who live out here! The owners also speak great English too and I have made great friends with the fiancee of one of the owners who is also a fellow Yorkshire lass.

📸: Linia Cafe, South Corfu- Credits to Jeni!

It has proven to me that every challenge has something worthwhile at the end of it.

4. How did you make sure you kept a positive mentality when you moved there?

Everything is an experience and if it’s not right, at least I tried! If I ever decide to move back to England then I will always keep this as a positive memory that has built my character, strength and understanding of the world outside a small town life in the UK.

5. How do you deal with the distance?

Reminding myself that if things get tough, it is literally only a flight back home. It takes 3 and a half hours to get to Leeds/Bradford airport or Manchester and I could do it in a couple of days.

I’m also extremely lucky that either one of my parents would take me back into their homes in a heartbeat if I said I was coming back.

6. How did you start the whole thinking/ doing process of moving abroad?

Everything in my life seemed too plain and too routinely and I had a bit of a meltdown about my boring life. My auntie helped me apply for some jobs abroad as this is what she had done when she was younger and 6 months later I packed a suitcase and disappeared!

7. How do you cope living abroad during the times you miss home?

I have regular video chats with my family so I never feel too far away from home.

On the plus side, during the quieter parts of the summer season, flights back to the UK can be really cheap so I will take a week here and there if I really feel like coming home (or it’s a bargain I can’t turn down)!

8. Do you plan on staying there for the foreseeable future?

Absolutely. I love my hectic life here despite moaning about it a lot. Recently, I was reminded by a friend that sometimes life gets a bit tough but I only have to look at the view and my surroundings and remember it could absolutely be worse.

The one thing that would maybe put me off is if the economy got even worse over here. I would seriously have to consider change if it became unbearable!

9. What are some things about Greek Culture that you’ve found challenging,/interesting/fun?

Wow. There’s so much here I can write about!

Challenging:

Not always being able to communicate with everyone is a big difficulty but I know enough words in Greek now to string together a broken sentence if I speak to someone who doesn’t speak English.

Eating really late! Greek people tend to have a late lunch and a late dinner so I actually try to eat my food the same time I would in the UK.

In comparison to the UK, not everything is so accessible. I live in the middle of a tiny village with a bicycle for transport so I rely a lot on my boyfriend to take me places as he’s not really comfortable with me driving his car (different story entirely).

Interesting:

In Greece there are a lot of rules but nobody really abides them. Everything is sort of overlooked unlike the UK so for a while I was very tense and always saying ‘don’t do that you’ll get into trouble!’

Family is a huge thing here and everyone knows who their uncle’s cousins daughter is so when there’s a family event, there’s people EVERYWHERE.

This sort of leads onto the fact that Greek people celebrate just about everything. There’s even a national BBQ day in the middle of winter! I’m not complaining but every celebratory day is another excuse to grill.

Fun:

The fun part is I’m 5 minutes away from the beach and it’s so easy to just pack a bag and go and relax for a couple of hours!

There’s also a lot of boutique hotels that have swimming pools and let you swim there if you buy a coffee from them or something so sometimes I can pretend I’m on holiday.

10. What culture differences has George found difficult with you?

Ah this is interesting as some things we feel totally the same about and other things we have bickered about before.

We sometimes don’t agree on eating habits, especially when using a knife at the table is basically non-existent in Greece.

It’s also normal for a lot of Greek people to raise their voice a bit when they’re having a discussion so sometimes I will start saying ‘STOP ARGUING WITH ME!’ When there’s no argument to be had.

11. What had inspired you to write a blog?

My lovely friend who helps run her partners cafe up the road from me said my writing was really funny when I sent her Facebook messages having a moan about something so I decided to make use of it.

Life here is also pretty different and it’s fun to share this with others. I hope to inspire a few people to get out of their comfort zone one day and do something unexpected.

8 ways to piss off a waiter

1. Clicking fingers

This will really piss off your waiter. Start clicking your fingers and yelling ‘ey!’ – they will absolutely pay you attention if you do and put you top of their priority list! Try it out and see what happens.

2. Grab the waiter’s attention then take ages to decide

Better if you do this on a Saturday night. Wave frantically and grab their attention as though it’s an emergency and then take ages to decide if you want a coffee or just a bottle of water.

3. Order drinks and when the waiter comes back, order another drink

Order a small beer for a laugh and then when they bring it back order 3 more drinks and ask for a menu. Then when they come back order a coffee and say you don’t want any food and then when they come back again say you’d actually like a pizza.

BUT when they walk past wave them over and tell them you don’t want tomatoes on it when the pizza has already started cooking so they have to tell the chef and the chef gets pissed off.

4. Lie about something, they won’t know!

You’ve just arrived but you want to order before all the other people who arrived before you, tell them you’ve been waiting 25 minutes. They won’t realise. They’ve not clocked you walking in, gave you menus and checked the time to see how long you have been waiting so make up any time you like!

5. When they’re carrying a heavy tray, stop them and have a chat

Ahh with all the medical marvels out there these days, there will surely be a way to cure chronic back pain somewhere in the future. Test their balancing skills and really see how long it takes for their knees to buckle.

Customer: Are you on a working holiday?

Waiter: No I live here

Customer: So you just work out here for the summer?

Waiter: No I live here and visit England for a couple of months to see family and make extra money

Customer: Oh you lucky thing, must be really nice working out here

Waiter: No, no it’s not really it’s hard work

Waiter: *runs to kitchen and throws tray down*

Customers: wow she’s very dedicated to her job running around like that

6. Don’t like something? Tell the waiter

Make sure the waiter is told off for the food that wasn’t good standard. After all, they look the smallest and most vulnerable and the chef looks like he might shout back so best to find the female waiter who looks ready to crack under pressure.

7. Ask a waiter out

They’ve been waiting ALL day for a sweaty, large sunburnt belly to ask them out and love it when they’re asked ‘do you wanna go to a club?’ Followed immediately by ‘Are you single?’

Priorities first. Make sure they like clubs before you find out whether they’re available OR actually want to be available.

8. Expect something in return for recommending the business

A couple of people have been recommended by a friend. The friend then says ‘I brought you customers, what do I get?’

The waiter will definitely get down on their hands and knees, kiss their feet, worship the them and then hand craft them a medal out of their sweat and tears. Godly.