My Why, More Than an Elevator Pitch
I realised just tonight that I expanded on my business but had not really shared much on how and why and what I am doing. It may have seemed unusual to all of a sudden see me talking about my new products.
Since starting my blog, I have been determined to be real and to be open and yet, somehow I totally neglected to talk about this huge part of my life, where I am trying to build something.
As many of you know, I started blogging mid 2017, I didn't realise it at the time, but it was a creative outlet for me, one that I didn’t even know that I needed. At the end of 2017, the company that I was working for went into liquidation so I was in a bit of a pickle. A single mother, with a hefty mortgage and no income. At that stage, my blog had only been a thing for a few months and we hadn’t done a huge amount of travel (although, as it turns out, I don’t blog so much about our travels). I made the decision to sell my property as there was no way that I could afford to live there on a single income. It was a really hard decision as I had been so proud of myself for being able to manage the mortgage while self managing the renting out of the property, although it was a big chapter of my life that was probably ready to close.
Once I had sold my property, I really wanted to make the most of the time I had with my daughter as it was my last year with her before she started school. So, we travelled! It was possibly the single best decision that I have made in a very long time. In 2018, we visited 7 countries outside of our home Australia. Making this decision, brought us closer together, it enabled me to show her a little part of the world and teach her some really valuable lessons before she started school. I was able to teach her snippets of different languages, religions and cultures and show her that the world is way bigger than the little bubble we are in whilst at home.
The turning point for my business occurred whilst we were in Bhutan. I simply fell in love with all of their textiles. Every item that I saw was made with love, handmade out of yaks wool, sheep wool, cotton or silk. Beautiful artworks hand painted or woodwork hand carved. Walking through the streets, I fell in love with the artistry of their buildings, the views of the Himalayas, the way that the traditional styles of dressing and the traditional architecture were still the main forms used today and in having that, the way that the country encourages the artistic nature of it’s citizens. How utterly beautiful. Every day that I was there, I fell in love with something new. I wanted to be able to share the things that I had found and wanted to be able to figure out how to give back to the beautiful people who made our time there so special. I started talking with the people who sell the goods, then asking about where they receive their supplies, then tracking everything down to a small town in central Bhutan called Bumthang. In this small town, the families who live there cure the yaks wool in essential oils, they then dye it using vegetable dyes, once this is done, they become so creative with the patterns and styles that they create rugs, throws, bags and a wide variety of other goods. These were the people that I wanted to help, that I wanted to give my business to. So I ordered a massive order of stock and had our beautiful driver and tour guide ship it back to my home in Sydney. In buying that big shipment, I was able to directly impact the lives of the people who spend their time making the products, in a meaningful way. As far as I am aware, I am the only stockist outside of Bhutan where you are able to buy these products.
After we were in Bhutan, we walked across the border into Jaigon, India. What an experience! On one side of a wall, we were in peaceful Bhutan, the second we walked through the gateway in the wall, we were right in bustling India, within a metre we saw our first cow, just chilling on the road. The aroma, the sounds and the sites were so vastly different from the other side of the wall. If I could bottle that moment, I would have, it was brilliant.
Exploring India, I again fell in love with the colours and the textiles that we came across. I wanted to be able to bring a part of our experiences home. I went into pashmina shops, rug shops, trinket stores and all variety of artisans and only became more excited about the possibility of bringing it all home to share.
As with many other mother’s, I want to be able to have the freedom to be able to be there for my baby if and when she needs me. I want to be able to pick her up from school and drop her off, to not have to worry about what I will do with her through school holidays and to not have to rely on others for help. I want to be able to be there with her and for her as she experiences the start of her schooling career, and onwards as she matures and experiences life. I want to be as present as possible for my girl. This is my why. This is why I am working to build my business, this is why I am studying to build on my knowledge, so I can continue to build on my business. I am trying to get freelance work to bring in more of an income (as I reinvested in the property market and as a result, am chasing my tail financially again!).
That really is just the beginning of my story, you may check out my website and find various goods from these countries. I hope to continue to travel with my daughter and to source unique and beautiful handicrafts to be able to share with my friends, family and community.
I am also in the process of writing children’s books based on the travels that we have had (so if you know of any publishers who are looking for a new children’s author… let me know!!!). That is the start of the next adventure though ;)