What a full and crazy year 2021 has been. It has brought with it lots of amazing things, with a few challenges thrown in here and there. But as I look back over the last twelve months I do so with a grateful heart, and celebrate all that I have achieved. I have to say, most of it has been taken in single steps, and not giant leaps. It is easy to celebrate the big things. It is what is expected. But I think it is so important to celebrate the little wins as well. In their blog 'Small Victories: Why You Should Celebrate the Little Wins' the Fabulous Co says that "tracking those small achievements helps to boost your confidence by activating the reward circuitry within your brain. This releases invigorating “feel-good’ chemicals, like dopamine, which fill you with a sense of accomplishment and pride. Not only does this give you a wonderful feeling, but it also encourages you to keep going and build that momentum'. It is like giving back to ourselves, and makes us more content and more grateful. And we know the benefits of practicing gratitude in our lives are huge. One of the most rewarding things for me have been the chats that I have with lots of my lovely customers. One of the ways I got to do this was by conducting tea tastings at some of my stockists, as well as a few markets. It makes it all the more wonderful when they say things like "we love your tea, it is perfect for us".
On a local level, I was also involved in some fantastic events. I was honoured to be asked to supply some boxes of tea as gifts for a Pioneers High Tea, hosted by the City of Kwinana. This event celebrated the contribution of residents who have lived in the area for more than 50 years. In September, I donated teas as part of the High Tea on the Swan, which was organised by the AFL Masters WA Football Committee, sponsored by Sealink-Captain Cook Cruises.This was taken from the thank you letter that I received from the Fundraising Organisers."The passengers on all three boats (approximately 180) had a fantastic afternoon with lots of raffle tickets bought, beautiful food and great weather on the river. We had a speaker from each of our charities on all three boats helping bring awareness to us of their charities and we are thrilled to announce that we raised $3500.00 for Breast Cancer Care WA, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation. This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for people, like yourself who have helped make the day so special with your generous prize donation. Once again, a big thank you." I loved being part of something so special, that helped to support the people who care for us in our time of need. And the High Tea was delicious!
Personally, it has been a year of conquering lots of little things, espeically in an area that is the nemisis of every small business owner. And that is social media! Luckily I have been blessed by having the support of some amazing mentors and experts in this area. They certainly have kept my brain from exploding. That, and numerous cups of my favourite Elevenses Irish Breakfast Tea!