The Drive: What challenges have you overcome?
I have had to overcome many challenges on a personal and business level. Five years ago I had to go through a big surgery for cancer that took me a very long time to recover from. During this time my marriage ended and I moved cities. Starting over has taken a lot of strength and drive. Many, many times I have considered throwing in the towel and getting a 9-5 job. However my belief in my business and my daughter keeps me going. The dream to provide products to create a sustainable future for our next generation and a legacy to leave my daughter is my drive.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
Pros are definitely having flexibility around my daughter, been able to go on school trips, being able to be home when she is sick, being my own boss.
Cons: not having set hours can be hard at times. I often find I work late into the evenings or get sidetracked by the washing that needs hanging out. If I don’t work I don’t get paid, and with it being a one-income household, that can be stressful at times. Finding that balance can be a challenge especially when that mum guilt creeps in.
Hopes and dreams: What next?
I have many hopes and dreams, my main ones are:
To have our menstrual pads and eco friendly products into 100 stores and online stockists by the end of 2019. My range is growing every week and I have a great range of products for our retail website and wholesale customers which I am super excited about.
I have for many years donated menstrual pads to those in need. I plan to officially launch our Eco Initiative very shortly and for every menstrual pad purchased through our website or stockists it will help us to donate our specially designed pad starter kits to community organizations throughout NZ.
My hope is to have 1-2 staff on board in 2019 to help me with my workload and give me some much needed help with work and home life balance.