I woke up at Tori and Bea’s place. They’re the owners of a café in Hiedleberg Heights. I come to meet them through social media when they tagged me in a post of theirs to let me know that they were donating their tip jar to the kindnessfactory for the month of August.
When I knew I would be in Melbourne I got in touch with them to see if I could tee up a visit to the shop to say thanks. Tori welcomed me to stay at their place and offered feed me breakfast too so I accepted her offer.
The girls had already started their day when I woke up at 7am. I helped myself to their shower and some water before I started to walk towards their café. It’s a neat little place with awesome food and coffee. Tori looks after the food side of things and Bea is in charge of coffee and service. They make a great team.
The café is pretty busy and it’s easy to see why. Both girls are awesome people and they really care about their customers. I sit down to some food and a coffee and start to work out some logistics for the next couple of days ahead. I know this journey is coming to an end and I want to make sure I’ve got my bases covered to meet some more incredible people who have offered a hand and some more stories.
I’m thrilled when Bea offered to let me try and make my own coffee. They are surprised at my reaction; I’ve always wanted to be a barista and this is like a dream come true to me. I make terrible coffee though and I decide that it’s probably a good thing that I have never pursued this dream of mine. Maybe one day when I’m not living on the kindness of others I can have another go.
Off I go and on my way back to Melbourne; I was asked by Cricket Australia to come in and deliver my keynote presentation to some of the staff. I’m honoured and it’s my great pleasure to share the Kindnessfactory story.
At the end of the presentation, I’m asked some great questions by the staff and then we are all treated to some cup cakes. There is plenty left over so the crew give them to me. I have no idea what to do with them so I grab a lift off Penny in to Melbourne and I decide to share them with some new friends.
I offer the cakes to anyone who wants them. I get all sorts of strange looks but the majority of people are open to the idea of gourmet cupcakes and I make plenty of friends along the way. People are open to giving and also receiving it seems. The world is a beautiful place and I’m glad to be able to share some happiness with the people who accept my cupcakes.
I’m met later that afternoon by my cousin, Sarah. She has arranged for us to stay at her friends place; Flippa. Before we do though, we decided that it would be a great idea to get the Kindnessfactory emoji’s etched in to our bodies forever. We’re glad to have something to remember our time together. I’m not sure my parents will feel the same way.
On to meet flippa and have some dinner in Brunswick. Flippa has made us a great meal and it is on the table when we arrive. We tuck in, share a few drinks and plenty of laughs and then Flippa and her house mate pull out the card game ‘cards against humanity’. We laugh a lot and the evening is relaxed.
I’m pleased to be heading in to the city again tomorrow to meet up with Hay Lam and his daughter and then on Brighid who offered me some food and a place to stay on my last night of this incredible journey.
We’re on top.