“F*ck it! Let’s go!” – That’s what I told myself when I stepped into the car on November 14th.

My partner was sick, so I had to go to the Trots Markt in Baarn all by myself. The first market alone, and I felt terrified.
During my drive I decided to turn off everything. No music, no podcasts, no news. I used the time to breathe consciously and meditate. And as expected – it helped. I was glad to feel the fresh energy inside of me when I arrived. Setting up the stand was easier than expected, and it went quite fast as well. I was proud. Until I started to feel cold…

The first few hours were incredibly calm. I almost felt like giving up, thinking this will be the first market I won’t sell at all. But after a quick chat with my partner, who reassured me that the first hours in Baarn are usually that quiet, I got my positive vibe back, and soon after I got rewarded for that! I sold two bracelets to two gentlemen almost simultaneously. What a nice feeling that was!

By being myself again afterwards and sharing my positive energy with people passing by, I attracted more and more people to stop and have a chat, which did me really good and kept me warm after all. And the neighboring entrepreneurs made it a fun day as well. Seeing everyone being there with the same mindsets, having talks in between, laughing together and watching each others stand whenever needed made me feel part of a warm and great community!

Something I always notice at the Trots Markt in Baarn is the crazy amount of dogs there are. Not only from visitors passing by, but this time also from the other entrepreneurs next to me. Being surrounded by that many dogs is causing mixed feelings nowadays. As much as I enjoy being around them, it also reminds me of Maja – my partner’s dog, who passed away this February. I wish I could have had her with me that day. She used to be quite therapeutic for me, and I never thought I would ever say that about a dog. Having grown up in a family where pets were not common, I used to be scared of dogs. But Maja made me change my perspective, and helped me become more comfortable in my own skin when being outside. But that’s another story to tell. Either way, that’s what you get for standing in front of Studio Sif. I know for sure I had spoiled here with a new dog’s bed from them, and I am sure she had liked that.

But long story short – This day has been a good day after all! I have stepped out of my comfort zone, went through a short dip, but got up and – looking back – I don’t think I have ever spoken to that many people at a market, and therefore enjoyed the time a lot. Once again I realized – “Saqib, you can do it on your own! You are stronger than you think you are.”

And with that feeling in mind, I drove home. Just in time to spend time with my second favorite hobby – Formula 1.

Thanks for everyone who has taken the time that day to talk to me, share their stories with me, and especially to those who decided to get connected and bought a Brahman Bracelet. Looking forward to the Christmas Edition in Baarn from December 17th to 19th. Hope to see you there again!

For other upcoming markets, check our agenda here. Hope to see you soon! Best, Saqib.