Happy #tbt! This post was in the vault, unpublished and we're releasing it today as a small throwback to the beginning of October, being accepted to the Joe Fresh Centre for Innovation, and moving half our team (aka Kyle) to Toronto for a *fresh* start.
So what's the Joe Fresh Centre all about? Basically, we've been chosen as 1 of 6 companies to receive mentorship from the Joe Fresh team over the next 18 months. You can read the official Joe Fresh Press Release here.
The #WYLFamily - co-founder & CEO Kayley (left), co-founder & Chief Stigma Officer Kyle (middle) and Role Model Sarah Fisher (right)
Notes from our Co-Founder & Chief Stigma Officer, Kyle:
Today, is a very big milestone for our company as we begin our relationship at the Joe Fresh Innovation Centre. Fredericton, New Brunswick has always been my home, leaving was a very difficult decision for me for both my personal connection to the province, and professionally.
It is often very hard to go from a big fish in a small pound to a little fish in a big pond. My anxiety and mental health have impeded my ability to move in the past, so this move is really terrifying. People often try and comfort me by saying;
"Well Kyle, it’s the good kind of stress, you can do it"
There is no good or bad forms of stress, just anxiety. I’m anxious all the time it doesn’t matter if things are going well or catastrophically terrible, I’m am still going to be living and coping with my mental illness.
Moving forward (literally) I am leaving my partner-in-crime Kayley to take the lead in Toronto and cultivate new relationships that will help our company grow. Well,
"what does this mean for WYL?"
Nothing has changed, we are still keeping a home base in Fredericton and working hard to get orders out, respond to your inquiries and improve everything we do. But now, we have an opportunity to grow in Toronto and make a bigger impact.
And, even if I fall on my face, i’m still moving forward.