Just over 4 years ago, I met a girl. A girl who was still at uni, still living at home with her parents, still in her teens (just). A few months later I employed her and she started doing a few admin tasks and helping out with a bit of customer service. A few months after that I realised how beautifully this girl wrote and how she had such a gorgeous talent for creative writing and so I gave her the task of writing the descriptive stories for our collections, our products and our social media campaigns. Over time, the girl took on more tasks and more responsibility within the business and even designed some jewellery that is now shipped around the world. She also moved out of home, she saved money, she made lots of new friends, she started designing her own jewellery, she travelled...lots...and even gained the courage to travel by herself to the other side of the world.
That girl became such an important and very special part of the RO journey. There were laughs….so many laughs, there were tears. We picked each other up and encouraged each other when the other was down. There were TimTams, Iced Vovos, avocados, and so much Earl Grey tea.
One day the girl and I had a real honest chat, and we both realised the girl was ready for her next exciting adventure. Sure it was a sad reality, but I had to look at it as an exciting opportunity for both of us. And so my friends...today is THAT day. The day that one chapter ends, and another one begins. I am so incredibly sad to say goodbye to my amazing wingwoman, but I am so proud of what she has achieved and how she’s grown over the past 4 years. I’m sure she probably can’t see it...but I certainly can.
So to you, gorgeous Michaela, thank you for EVERYTHING. Thank you for being THE BEST RO SUPERSTAR EVER! I will miss your beaming smile walking into the office every working morning, I will miss our cups of tea and you automatically taking charge of the music selection. I will miss hearing about your crazy dress up parties and your wild weekends drinking G&T, wine and beer in one sitting without getting a hangover.
And when you’re feeling down or need a little pep up...just remember all those HUNDREDS of Monday inspirational quotes that YOU wrote, and that inspired so many people!
Keep dreaming, keep laughing, keep travelling, keep loving.
Even after we say our goodbyes this afternoon….you’ll ALWAYS be a RO girl to me!