What We Stand For.

In life we are presented with moments that challenge us, inspire us, and change us. We argue, we love, we find joy and stress, but what is it all for? We have a life so full of everything, good, bad, and ugly and the bad and ugly seemed to be the moments that test us the most and bring forth the question, what is it all for? What is the point? Why do we go through hardships? Why do we fall in love? Why do we argue with those we love? And if it all is for some big grand scheme, what do all these moments have to do with it? This reality can become overwhelming, and with the added daily stresses that seem to come into our lives just when we want them least, we must, absolutely must know how to ground ourselves. Grounding ourselves in our core.

There are a lot of expectations that come with being human, whether intentionally placed or not, our society has grown to a state where, whether we like it or not, there are expectations of us; we have expectations of ourselves that we may or maybe not believe that we can live up to. It is because of these expectations, that can sometimes be unavoidable, that we need to check up on ourselves; to take a moment to ask ourselves, “Are you okay?” Just as you would ask your best friend, partner, or someone you care deeply about.

We live in a world that so rarely understands the concept of taking care of yourself. We hear terms like “self-care day”, and it pushes us to believe that self-care is a luxury or something we should do every now and then to support ourselves. Self-care is not a luxury; it is as necessary as the oxygen we need to breath. Self-care is not just bubble baths and expensive clothes and spa days or cheat days. Self-care is taking the time, every day, and every time you need a moment, to reflect on yourself. What do you need? What do you really need? Yes, we can say we need a million dollars and a private island in the Bahamas, but like most things, we confuse what we want and what we need. Something that has become evident, now more than ever, is that when we are left with ourselves, no outside distractions, we understand just how much we rely (or don’t) on our external environment. Lockdown challenged every one of us with the looming reality of how we are when we are alone, just us.

So, let me ask you, when are you happy? Not who, or what, but when. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to all the above-mentioned questions, however, as a company, we have taken these questions on board and investigated the kind of happy we want to be. Sure, weekends away and river cruises are amazing, but what about when you have a week of nothing. No plans with friends or family, no work, no study, just you. Can we be happy with nothing but ourselves? Think of the people you love, those who you love so much that just being in their presence is enough, even if you are doing your own things. That feeling, that love you feel for that person, is what we should feel for ourselves.

This is what us as a company are striving for and in saying that we have brought on a mascot that represents that.

In the photo above is Bella, she is an 11-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She likes to sleep, snores quite a lot (both when she’s awake and when she sleeps), she sometimes just wonders around, and she is quite the character. She will hide dead lizards in your room, which some people say is an endearing thing, I think she just likes the drama. When she feels like she is not getting enough attention, she puts herself in the position to get attention, whether that be screaming at the top of her little lungs or taking on the never-ending stairs to be around her family whose rooms are all upstairs.

So, this little floof is our mascot; why? Well, she is our mascot because she is as she is. She goes from day to day doing what she does. Taking each day as it comes. Maybe she worries about her future, maybe she stresses about whether we will put dry food in her roast chicken dinners, but until the day we have concrete proof that this little princess worries about who she will be when she is older, we will leave the assumption to what it is.

We take every day as it comes. We do our best, and when a complication arises, we will do a Bella and sort it out. In a world where we are presented with millions of extravagant questions that seem to have no answer, we need to take each day as it comes. Do our best and take a breath, knowing that things will be fine. Why will everything eventually be fine? Because at the end of the day, it must be; or at the very least, we will have hope that it will.

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