August 13 2020
REAL COURAGE IS BEING AFRAID BUT DOING IT ANYWAY
One month post-launch and we’re still alive! Thank you so much for tuning in because boyyyyy! do we have massive plans for our journal entries - we’ll take you behind the scenes on our thoughts, our business, our plans, our ambitions - oh gosh, the list could truly go on but we don’t want to bore you on our first entry!
What a whirlwind of a month July was – we ate so much Yum Cha until our bellies burst, booked ourselves a spot at the drool-worthy IDES in Fitzroy, watched a whole heap of Masterchef (we’re still upset Reynold didn’t win), got locked down again in Melbourne.. Oh and, we also launched splendr brands - no big deal *internally screaming uncontrollably*.
GRAB YOURSELF A CUP OF TEA, COFFEE, WINE (WE DON'T JUDGE) - LET'S DO SOME HISTORY..
While July 6th was the big launch date, splendr brands was born before COVID-19 was even a thing. Actually, let's take it way back and talk about how we became friends. We both started our very first full-time jobs at the same workplace, in the same team - which is how we first crossed paths. We realised very quickly that we had many things in common, but more importantly, we had the exact same sense of humour.
Those who have had the pleasure (or the pain) of being around us, know that we have an unhealthy obsession with creating different accents. Now we’re not talking about your typical English, American or Asian accents - no, no, these are cringe-worthy (we say funny) self invented accents. Instantly, we knew we had a solid bond. We were literally stuck to the hip in the office, doing everything together like twins, and always laughing!
In fact, a number of people have strongly expressed their concerns..
OUR STRONG BOND, VISION & PASSION WAS HOW SPLENDR WAS BORN
We were in the middle of assembling our usual office breakfast i.e. three heaped tablespoons of Farmer’s Union Greek Yogurt with a sprinkle of Jordan’s Extremely Nutty Granola. Then BAM!! We both looked at each other with eyes wide opened; we didn’t even have to speak, just facial expressions darting back and forth between us and we knew exactly what the other was thinking.
Este, telepathically, with a slight twitch in the right eyebrow: “Libs, what do you think of this..?”
Libs, telepathically, with a slight twitch in the corner of her mouth: “Ohhhhhkay..”
Este, telepathically, with a thinking face on: “Right…”
Libs, speaks: “Let’s meet Saturday”
Okay, maybe we’ve exaggerated the whole “no speaking dialogue”, but seriously - it was like we were riding the same wave!
And so that Saturday came around and we brainstormed, laughed, thought about our purpose, laughed some more, came up with the name splendr, ate, had another giggle, and the next thing we know, we got an ABN, a bank account, a logo, our motto, our stock, and here we are now!
WHILE WE RIDE THIS GIANT ROLLER COASTER, OUR VALUES ACT AS OUR HARNESS
Our unique bond and our love for anything beauty (duh!) is the core of splendr. Being a part of the splendr community means we all ride this giant roller coaster, wave, journey, together. Through splendr, we hope to share our learnings, our laughs, our highs and ours lows.
Robert Waldinger, who directed a 75 year old study on true happiness and satisfaction, did say “the people who fared the best were the people who leaned into relationships, with family, with friends, with community” (click here to hear his presentation).
If you’ve made it this far, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us on our journey! We’ll leave it here for today but our next entry will explore our thoughts on launch, what we learnt and provide any advice on starting a business. Until then, stay safe, humble, happy and splendrous.