We catch up with Stephanie Hanks to find out what her typical working day looks like
Stephanie Hanks is the proprietor of Bride to Be, a Bridalwear shop in Reading. The shop has been in her family for 29 years, and Stephanie has run it for the past ten, having bought the business from her mother.
I am a morning person – I’m up the with the lark. I wake up at 6.30am most mornings, and the first thing I do is check my phone.
My usual breakfast is a full-fat yoghurt with berries. I usually arrive at work at about 10.30am and the first thing I do is check that all of the staff are ok and that there aren’t any problems that need to be dealt with immediately.
A typical morning at work is quite mad! I get pulled in lots of different directions by different members of staff and departments, tending to admin duties, suppliers, trade association jobs, phone calls, social media etc.
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For lunch, I tend to eat a homemade salad at my desk and occasionally I will pop out to the shops in Reading centre which are fab. My afternoons are usually quieter and I can really crack on with my admin.
Although I do still answer the phone if is everyone is busy and will work in the front of the shop if all the staff have appointments. I also tend to interact and ‘schmooze’ the customers and their mums as I am walking about! I leave work at about 7.30pm.
I listen to LBC in the car on my drive home and I collapse after eating dinner and try to put my phone down (not always successfully!). Sometimes I will go out with friends on a ‘school night’ but not often! I try to watch some ‘easy TV’.
To switch off, a nice evening walk in the surrounding countryside is good, or even something simple like watering my garden.
I go to bed at around 11pm, and I’m a very light sleeper. I never remember dreams.
My favourite part of the day is the morning. If I could change anything it’d be the evenings - I seem to be living to work at the moment. I have joined a gym and plan to start exercising in the evenings. Bridal is honestly the most draining and yet rewarding job – it takes stamina to keep going!
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