Posted on July 15 2017

I have a lot to be grateful for. As much as running your business whilst being a very young and inexperienced mum is so tough but also very rewarding.

We are celebrating this month for a couple of reasons: ACAI has been shortlisted as a Womenswear Brand of the Year 2017 by Drapers Independents Awards. A year ago, even being featured in the magazine was a dream come true so I cannot explain my gratitude for being in the final. It is a huge achievement for which I am so grateful!

I would also love to share with you the recognition I have received personally from Management Today as ‘the one to watch’. Management Today have organized a search for the most inspiring young business women and to be recognized as ‘the one to watch' amongst these incredible women is so humbling. I really want to appreciate and thank the people who saw the sparkle in me. The incredible passion, the desire to make women feel amazing, and to be proud of who they are, is my mission. Through the work that I do, through the clothes, through every design detail, my goal is to make women feel feminine, sexy and confident.

A very good friend of mine said to me once before: ‘Hard work pays off sooner or later, it just does.’ I remembered these words especially in times when you question yourself. The journey isn’t always easy. Personally, I have experienced low self-esteem for many years. However, I have learnt over the years how to change it and how to always remind myself that I am worthy.

I’ll tell you a secret. In order to keep reminding myself over and over that, I have every reason to love myself, I set up all my passwords to; ‘Ilovemyself’... Now... you would think this is weird... And why am I sharing my passwords…

Well, the number of times you type in a password is the number of times you can gently remind yourself just how great you are! It was a little embarrassing whenever I had to share my password but hey, it worked! I actually changed it all now, just for the record… 

If you find yourself having a constant negative voice carrying you throughout the day, telling you to look down on your looks, what you said, and what you did, turn it to the opposite. ‘I sounded stupid’ to ‘I did a great job’. ‘You look ugly in that outfit’ to ‘this is my favourite outfit’. The more you do this, the more your positive voice dominates the negative, the better you will feel about yourself.

Thank you so much for these amazing nominations!

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