If you have visited my studio you would have seen this frame with an old $5 note in it, it’s actually my first ever pay packet that I received after working a 3hrs shift at a BINGO hall. It was an exciting job (not!) I went around selling BINGO cards to patrons who at that time were still allowed to smoke inside a venue. I remember coming home reeking of cigarette smoke but it was all worth it to receive my hard earned pay of $5.20, which mind you was a lot of money back then. I could buy at least 3 milk bud bags, snakes and maybe a soopa doopa ice block in one hit. I was rich and I had grand plans of spending my cash at the tuck shop. That was until I was approached by my dad after my shift had ended. “Where is the money you earned tonight?” he asked. “It’s here in my pocket” I replied. “Give it to me” he said, one day this will come in handy” and walked away packet in hand. I was beyond mortified, I was left with no money and I smelt like a chimney.
That day was the 12th of December 1991, I was just 11 years old. My dad asked me to write the date and a short statement to officially declare that it was the first ever pay I had received (just to rub more salt in the wound). After that night the envelope disappeared only to re emerge 16 years later at the opening of my first studio in Leichhardt in 2007. It was speech time and I had asked my amazing dad to say a few words. I noticed he was holding a frame but did not know of it’s contents. Then he began “When my daughter was young, she came home from her first job…” To my surprise and to the delight of the crowd he revealed the frame which held the original pay packet and old $5.00 note. He finished off by saying “I told her this would come in handy one day, and now you know why. I’m so proud of what you have achieved and where it all started” (Cue the tears) I was a mess and I couldn’t have been more proud of my dad at that moment. HE was the star of opening night that’s for sure.
Fast forward another 11 years and we celebrate the opening of my new Lane Cove studio this coming Saturday the 7th of July. I find myself feeling very blessed that I have lasted this long in business, doing what I love. I understand first hand the passion energy and stamina it takes to run your own small business which is why I am supporting fellow local businesses through our goodie bags that we will be giving away on the day. It takes a community to keep a business alive so let’s support each other as best we can. Below is a list of the businesses that have kindly offered a voucher or discount on their products and services. If you cannot attend on the day just quote this blog or drop into the studio on another day to collect your goodie bag. It’s the little things we can do collectively that big and amazing things grow. My dad taught me that lesson, and he is the reason why I stand proudly today.
Don’t forget to RSVP for our open day by clicking here, we would look forward to seeing you there.