A SMALL IDEA.
It's not all perfect, but damn it feels good to love what you do. A small idea almost 10 months ago lead me to dump the idea of law school and pick this up instead, no seriously, the only reason you're actually reading this is because of that small idea. HOW COOL! Anyway since I've now had a little time to adjust to the Lucid lifestyle, I thought I would fill you in on what's happening in business and in my life too - since to me, that's something that goes hand in hand.
For starters, the amount of support we get from all of you is amazing, it is what keeps that spark alight, so thank you. It has been wonderful meeting new and exciting people as I work my way through the ins and outs of the Riverina. For example, Lucid went to Stone the Crow festival in Wagga and I had so many of the oldies telling me stories of when they use to own a kombi, and all the adventures that came with it; they seriously made my day.
Working and studying (I do uni by distance) from home alot has also been a new and interesting experience too; it is up to you to do the work, no one else is telling you to do it, unless my cat could talk, then maybe he would. So now when I'm not getting groovy at events, I spend a lot more time alone; I've sort of been forced to make friends with myself which as a massive extrovert, has caught me off guard. There has been so many opportunities from this entire experience, from building better relationships with family through sheer determination of getting the kombi on the road, to challenging my perceptions on what it means to run a business that you hold so close to your heart. As you can see, so many changes, challenges and happiness can come from one small idea; if you can take anything away from this post it would be to give action to your small ideas, get lucid about your ambitions- this is your sign.
Love to you all.
This needs to be shared, because the pristine insta feeds of indie melbourne coffee shops wouldn't bare to reveal it- making the move from secure job to dream.'I don't think this really went through my mind when I made the decision to start Lucid; that I'd have to quit my current job and support myself financially. Well shit, here I am...when's pay day? And that's why I'm learning.
I'm learning about this whole 'starting a business' gig as I go and simultaneously, about my self. I'm learning that the under pressure, hustle Emma is new to me, but I realise that she's bigger and better than who I was before. It's a journey, a damn marathon, because discomfort away from having a job that you know no matter what money will end up in your back pocket isn't easy. Nonetheless, it stimulates innovation, passion, urgency; which makes what I give to you, every coffee, every produce bag and smile hello, a massive achievement on my end.
If the passions there, you'll get there too
Love to you all.
February has been a busy time for everyone working on Lucid; from market registrations to motor rebuilds, stepping back for a moment to look at our progress is pretty awesome. Our baby (The Kombi) was just a shell when we found it, now she takes her first steps out of the garage and slowly but surely down our driveway. Dad's grin and my laughter in the video basically sums that feeling up; a mixture of shock and excitement. I'm not at all mechanically inclined, my job is organising all the admin surrounding opening a mobile food van and to make coffee for whoever is working on the van, but every day I see and hear the efforts put in to getting Lucid to where she is today.
Now that we have combated what seemed to be an impossible task 6 months ago; we are up to fixing and tweaking all the fiddly things: auto-electrics, plumbing, kitchen rebuild ect. and for me it's organising a coffee machine, food truck registration, council forms, logos and all the finishing touching so that I can be on the road and adventuring. And that about sums up this update!
Love to you all.
ADVENTURE WITH LUCID, INTRODUCING OUR PICNICS.
I've always had a thing for picnics, they're a way to connect with friends, to nature and to yourself. Although the arrival of Lucid is still a few months away I'd like to offer another reason to seek out adventure...and this is it.
A few nights ago some of my friends and I experimented with the idea of a catered picnic, sat down in a beautiful garden and ate some food made by me (and technically Lucid). Fairy lights sparkled and the day quickly dissolved into night as we munched away and caught up with each others lives since graduating school, gladly Anna Mcgirr was there to capture it all. This sort of connection, from human to human, is what I love most in life and thanks to a simple picnic, it was created. And so, if you crave the same sort of moments that make your heart feel all warm and fuzzy, you can purchase a picnic package for $60 made by Lucid in the months of January and February with an optional mystery location to assist you on your journey; this includes: Van made lemon cordial, a variety of cheeses, hummus, sundried tomato dip, figgy black pepper bread, organic and seasonal produce, biscuits, dukkha, black bean falafel and vegan chocolate, delivered with a vintage basket and a comfy rug! Thank you to everyone that has supported me so far and continues to do so.
Love to you all.
To the wanderer that lies in all of us,
The human race began in one location, but about 70, 000 years ago a few intrepid explorers listened to their innate desire to wander, grow and discover, eventually leading to us here today.
To manifest this amazing yet ancient desire is how my unique business was born - Lucid, The Kombi Cafe.
I’m sure a little introduction of myself wouldn’t hurt you either. My name's Emma, I am a poorly coordinated dancer of tables, bare footed, adventure hungry human who is just having a crack at life. I look forward to sharing my adventures of what it is like being on the road and running a cafe on wheels. This blog will help me visualise what needs to be done next while allowing me to connect with my fellow wanderers and most importantly, remind me of why I decided to do this whole gig in the first place. And so, all the ups and downs of Lucid kombi cafe and myself, will be recorded on this page.
Now back to business…
If you’re wondering about the name, an over whelming sense of clarity came over me the moment I promised myself I would start this cafe (one of the happiest days of my life), and thats why our name is Lucid. It hasn’t been easy, truly listening to myself rather than what others and society expect of me, but taking this risky leap of faith to pursue my passion has been the most uplifting feeling- making my times of doubt all worth it.
Hence, instigating my journey to establish Lucid entails more than just owning and running a business. Lucid is an embodiment of my efforts to listen closely to what I want on this earth, whilst helping others seek out something similar (with the help of coffee and yummy treats of course).
So here I am, making the move from Pinterest pages to organising council permits, kombi parts and locations. My dreams are at my finger tips, or more precisely, sitting in the garage. Although daunting, I know I am on an exciting journey…one I’m not sure what to pack for.
Love to you all.