Antonio Part 5

When we first started in the fashion industry I was told to go high end. My business advisors told me that is where the money is, that I should forget the low-cost items and attract the wealthy crowd. I could see the sense in that, and with Sophia’s impeccable eye for quality I knew we would do well. So with a lot of market research we decided to sell designer clothes, but at more affordable prices…

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Antonio Part 4

We soon outgrew our little shop. There was only so much stock we could hold there, and the footfall past us wasn’t huge, so although business was steady there was nowhere else to go. Virtually every family in the neighbourhood was wearing our shoes already! Oh, we were happy enough, but I knew the universe had more in store for me…

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Antonio Part 3

We got married. My parents said we were too young but what did they know? We were in love. It was a simple wedding, but that was all we needed. I promised Sophia that one day she could have the lavish ceremony she deserved…what was that, my love? No, I know, you always said our day was perfect…

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Antonio Part 2

But still, times were hard. I was a young man with no qualifications behind me, so I was paid lower wages than my colleagues, even though I worked as hard – no, even harder – than them. But I paid my dues. Employers in those days could hire and fire whoever they wanted to, and I knew if I complained there would be ten other unqualified boys standing in line, willing to take even less pay than me…

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Antonio Part 1

“Please, friends, raise your glasses in a toast…to life, love, and laughter. What? Oh, you don’t want to hear my story again…Ok, ok…sit back and I will tell you how I came to be here, surrounded by my wonderful family and friends, with good food and fine wine.

Many years ago – more years than I care to remember – I lived a very different life. I was born in Calabria, and my parents were very poor. Life was hard, but I knew even then that I would lead a different life, that I would have what my parents never had. I would be successful, of that, I had no doubt…

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Natalie’s Story – Part 6

Working with Natalie was the epitome of job satisfaction. Every single week when she came in to see me she had more news, and all of it was good.
A couple of weeks after telling me about her nail course, she came in with an even bigger smile on her face than usual and was visibly bursting to tell me something…

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Natalie’s Story Part 5

Over the course of the next few sessions, we changed some of the more upsetting memories Natalie had, slowly and gently altering her negativity to more something more positive. The deep bitterness she felt about her childhood and the people in it gradually changed, and she even spoke – if not warmly – then certainly less harshly of her family…

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