154 reasons why I’m grateful I live in NZ
Everything we do at Swathe.me makes every day better during difficult times.
And just like any new venture, as a co-founder of Swathe.me, there have been plenty of challenging times experienced, but just as many good days too for which I am grateful.
As I look back over the past 18 months, I count myself extremely lucky and grateful to be living in New Zealand. I have been surrounded by so many generous Kiwis who give of their time, their resources, their networks, and their advice to ensure that we succeed in helping others to get the support they need. Positive collaboration is very much alive and well in the land of the long white cloud.
A recently returned expat from the States said to me about the way they do business over there, “In the US, it’s kill or be killed.” Probably a bit dramatic, and not entirely sure how accurate it is, but I was quite shocked and very thankful that this is not the case downunder.
Cheerleaders are often the only thing standing between you and throwing in the towel – Tom Corley
Every single person we’ve encountered has wanted to help with Swathe.me in some way and have been our constant cheerleaders. It’s been so heartening. I was somewhat curious as to why that may be, not that I was complaining until a supply partner enlightened us… “it’s because you’re a ‘hero brand’.” Not a term I had heard before (always learning in this game), but I’ll take that, as it sure sounds pretty cool!
But the real heroes in my book are the people behind the Swathe.me brand and they are too numerous to number, but I’m going to anyway. They deserve recognition for their kindness and generosity of spirit, and we feel nothing but sincere gratitude here at Swathe.me.
My thanks goes out to you all, our cast of thousands (in no particular order) who have helped in some way, big or small. If ever I can return the favour, my inbox is always open…
Carl Cumings, Scott Perkins, Brigitte Anslow, Minnie Baragwanath,
Sat Markosyan, Husik Grigoryan, Chris Jingru Wang, Ivan Zhao, Max Tuzzolino,
Simon Hua Zhang, Eden Yudeng Wu, Hugh Xiao He.
Take a bow one and all. We couldn’t have done this without you. 🙂