FORBES; Not just a Country Town in rural Australia...
Growing up, to me, Forbes was a small country town I would visit with my Dad when he had to do a rural NSW run, selling shoes when it was the school holidays. It was a tiny town past Bathurst, south of Parkes, and if you hit Condobolin, well, you bloody well missed the turn off.
As it turns out, @Forbes is also a magazine, and is a really big fucking deal, and today I have been overwhelmed (a word I am using a lot of late!) from yesterday's profile feature.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their messages & words of celebration, & support on this placement, to friends & family who have celebrated the wins over the past 12 years, & also stuck it out with me through the darker of times - and the most thanks & gratitude, to the amazingness that is TEAM SW. Past & present, anyone who has touched the brand over the years, to the incredible team in place now - it is not lost on me how gracious it is of each of you, to choose to work with me in this brand, & especially to work on a brand that the founder (not only so modestly named the company after herself!) is involved in the business, and therefore get all the public credit & acclaim for - when the reality is, it is what it is, because of each of you. If it was all me, it would still be a dining room hobby, with a bad debt & a baked bean jaffel imbalance.... It is an incredibly gracious move on each of your behalves, and one I appreciate with gratitude, every single day.
Exciting doors are opening off the back of the past 2 weeks, and I am excited & humbled to have the opportunity to lead the @SamanthaWillsOfficial brand, to the next stage of this journey.
Dad, thanks for taking me on trips with you to Forbes when I was in high school, and thanks for letting me play my 1997 mixed tapes the whole way, except for weekdays between 9am-Midday when the John Laws show was on the radio, where I would whinge about how boring it was was, and you would tell me to 'listen, as I might just bloody learn something'. Turns out you were right, and I bloody did. - SWx
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