Hello my name is Fay Dean.
And I am the humble but also very proud owner of The Crystal Shop in Camden NSW. I would like to share with you, a little of my story.
My beautiful Mum was diagnosed with the hideous disease bowel cancer in 2006, I went from full time work, to part time, and then later stopped working all together to care for her, with the help and support of my family, Mum passed away in 2008. This broke my heart I was completely at a loss.
I have lost other very close members of my family including my first husband at the very young age of 20yrs, but nothing prepared me for this over- whelming empty feeling that I had. She was my rock and my best friend. I went back to work after couple of months but nothing could fill the void that I was experiencing.
A very dear friend of mine phoned me one day to ask me out for a coffee, I did not feel like going but something was telling me urgently to go so I did. After a little while of catching up we went for a walk and strolled into Camden Arcade in which my friend went to the rest rooms just beside The Crystal Shop and yes! you guessed it I went into the shop. The previous owner started up a conversation and we got talking and she just happened to mention that the business was for sale, tears welled up in my eyes as I knew then and there I was going to buy this business. “I might add, my friend thought I was mad.”
I purchased the business in 2009 against a lot of people’s advice. My husband included. (I do although acknowledge that he was only looking out for me, and that also I was in a vulnerable state of mind). At the time small businesses were not doing so well economically and people were uncertain to make business commitments.
Well the rest is history as you can see; I brought The beautiful Crystal Shop that is filled with love, blessing and gratitude. And I know deep in my heart my beautiful Mother and the universe had a lot to do with my story.
This beautiful poem fell out of Mums belongings when I was going through them after she passed. I would like to share it with you all:
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back?
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand?
“Thank you Mum I love you all the world a two bob”.
PS: My very loving Husband tells everyone that he is eating humble pie and it was the best decision I ever made. And I might add I could not have done this without his love and support thank you from the bottom of my heart (good things come to those that wait.) Love you.