Aussies love public holidays and long weekends. Who doesn’t love that, right? After working for hours, days, weeks, months, and years, these holidays give us an acceptable amount of time to recuperate ourselves from the hustle and bustle of our lives to survive in this world. And today, yet again, is another holiday like no other. It’s Labour Day! Though we may not exactly ‘celebrate’ this day like how we celebrate Christmas or New Year, we still celebrate it in a way we celebrate ourselves – the workers of our lives.
Labour Day in Australia commemorates the implementation of the ‘eight-hour day’ which promoted having eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation and eight hours of rest. This idea is great, knowing that there should be balance in our lives. We have to work hard and play hard. As for me, I work and play hard at the same time. How is that so? You may ask.
I have been managing my own business for quite some time now. I would say that I am dependent on my own at the beginning, doing the administrative work, the marketing, the logistics, the operations. Everything. My work starts early in the morning to sow the seeds I need to have for a certain period. Microgreens are not that easy to grow but they are not that difficult either (once you get the hang of it). But, of course, there are certain challenges that come along the way at any given time like issues with the soil, the delivery of the seeds, the weather, etc. I go on for 6 to 12 hours a day depending on the volume of orders and things needed to be done for that day; reaching out to many people to extend my network and to share the same values and goals that we have in the health and wellness space.
Microgreens are my priority among the lines of businesses that I have. As most of you may know, I also manage an online farmers market that started during the height of the pandemic. It allows people to shop for their daily or weekly needs such as eggs, olive oil, bread, coffee, health drinks like kombucha, granola, chocolates (yes, we got to have chocolates at least), and skincare products. These are locally-made products that guarantee the nutritional value you can get as they are made from organic and eco-friendly ingredients. Aside from that, I also provide delivery service for some local businesses that need to ship their products to their customers. All of that is to serve the community and provide them with the best and healthiest microgreens, and local products in an energy-efficient way.
These projects that I have come from a deeper understanding of creating a sustainable lifestyle for everyone. Though at first, I was a bit hesitant to start this journey with microgreens. Little do people know, I didn’t have that much knowledge about them at first. I didn’t want to get into the fad at that time. But soon as I learned more about them, and from my knowledge from completing Bachelor of Sustainability with a major in Sustainable Business Management, I began to understand their nutritional benefits and how they are more sustainable than the mature ones. I am not a nutritionist. I’m not saying that I am an expert in terms of health and wellness, too. But, I am passionate about what I do. The little knowledge that I have before has developed throughout the years with proper research, study, and experience.
With the amount of work that I do every day, it is tiring (in all honesty). And I’d say that that is the ‘work hard’ part. The ‘play hard’ part is while doing these priorities, the workload that I have in a day, I also get to enjoy meeting a lot of people that share the same health and wellness space I’m playing on. Driving for 6 to 8 hours for 2 straight days might sound a bit exhausting, but I still enjoy it as I get to roam around Perth and see how lucky I am to be living in this part of the world. Don’t get me wrong, I still manage to get time off within the day – sometimes chillin’ by the shoreline of my favourite beach. I think that’s the beauty of having my own business. I do work for it and yet, I can control and organise my time accordingly. That’s why I would say that my labour day is my passion day. Labour is to work and work is to passion. I am working for my passion. That no matter how hard it is, no matter how many challenges go along the way, I still get to enjoy every bit of it. It all comes down to the value I have for my projects. As long as I’m witnessing people in my community living their lives healthy and happy, I get rewarded intangibly bountifully.