Jump in with both feet
Starting a business from scratch often means just taking the plunge.
When Essentially Lili was founded, it was pretty much a ‘Jump In With Both Feet’ kind of experience.
We were unsure of going ahead with this venture. We were afraid of failing, scared and worried that it would become such an overwhelming experience, that we would not cope as a result.
I contemplated becoming a consultant for a well-known established Brand as the safer option. But I knew I would be unable to promote products that I was unwilling to use on my own face due to what I suffered in my youth.
I remember feeling somewhat overwhelmed as my brain processed the negative thought process of, ‘What if I can’t? What if I fail? What if no one likes what I do?’ It is so easy to remain in a negative mind-set and so much harder to pull yourself out with your head held high as you plan to ‘Jump in with Both Feet’!
To help overcome my uncertainty, I went to see what other women and mums were doing in Zurich. These Mums are inspirational to say the least, as they juggle their often very young families, commitments and businesses to be a success! They make, create, sell, inspire, share, help, promote, build each-other up and encourage other Women to do the same.
I said to myself … ‘Well why not? If I don’t try, I will never know and might regret this for the rest of my life.
What if they LOVE the Brand, our All Natural, Homemade Cosmetics, No Chemicals or Unnatural Preservatives Products? Wouldn’t it be better for people to use the Essentially Lili Products and share via Word of Mouth their love for it to others?
Excited about the prospect of helping others, the name Essentially Lili came to life by bringing together the use of Essential Oils and my name Lili.
Two days later, with a bag of sample containers obtained from our local Chemist / Drogerie, we cleared the kitchen and began making a batch of Nourishing Face Balm to give out to people. We went to Zurich and handed out Essentially Lili samples with a note about the ingredients contained, details about Essentially Lili and how to contact us for more information.
We waited… and waited… and waited for Feedback. This was the hardest part, waiting and then collating feedback.
Our first client’s face to face feedback (which can be found in Testimonials had me in tears of joy, as I listened to her story and how the Essentially Lili product had helped her in such a short space of time.
Since then, we have been asked to make so many other products that are now in the Essentially Lili Range. There is feedback about the various products in the Testimonials part of the website which we hope you will enjoy reading.
It has been a roller-coaster journey so far, with mixed emotions of joy and frustration. We have had to juggle the time around our young family and studies. We have been building the brand and reputation, whilst creating and blending products. The amazing stories shared by people makes this journey all worth it.
Do you remember a time when you just ‘Jumped Into’ an adventure, a relationship, a new job, a travel destination or even moved to a new Country? How did this make you feel – scared, excited, anxious, nervous or thrilled to the core?
We would love to hear in the comments below what you did, as sometimes we forget just how brave we really are.
Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo of the kids was taken at Romont in Switzerland expressing how we feel!!
Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili