Walking the Talk: Keeping the wonder while growing in darkest places
As some of you may already know, mori's Mission is to bring purpose and joy to both makers and users, championing thriving in adversity.
Over on our Instagram, we frequently share quotes that center around these themes. Here are 2 top popular quotes over the past year.
Grow in the darkest places
Keep your wonder like a child
Talking is easier than walking the talk
When we posted the quote on wonder, a customer @fah_kammelar commented,
"So true. I need this. Gg thru some rough time ❤️"
At that point of time, I didn't know how to respond. Usually, I would comment with a word of encouragement or prayer, but this time, I replied back just with a bear hug 🐻❤️. It is okay not to have the right words to say all the time, but it was a time of reflection for myself to walk the talk.
Testing and being open to failures
So, just a week ago, we launched pre-order for 3 new products.
mori had a good Christmas 2019 thanks to all mori supporters ♥️, and in 2020, we are looking at how we can further grow as we have begun moving into a 3rd community of mothers in Philippines. It is always faith-stretching when we move into a new community, and we cannot do it without a community and team.
The 3 new products is an attempt to expand our product range as our signature pursebook product is a seasonal end-of-the-year product. Pre-order is a way for us to test for product validation and have economies of scale to produce.
Here's a peak at our journey process.
We have been super excited with this pre-order launch with the moodboarding, discussions and R&D behind them! However, just a week into the pre-order launch and with only less than a week left, we were only at 20% of our goal. Our goal was to hit >=100 pre-orders for the item to be produced and launched as a retail item.
To be honest, we have been collecting feedback from some who have kindly shared (for example, more neutral designs, additional external compartments), but we are also ascertaining if it's due to Covid19 that has slowed down consumer businesses in general across the globe, or due to declining organic reach on social media because of Facebook and Instagram's algorithm, or pre-order payment options etc. Our offline retail has been affected as events get cancelled, and workshops cannot be conducted.
The anxiousness had set in a week into pre-order launch, as last year around the same time, we had launched our new Organiser for the Lady product that had surpassed the goal and went into production (sometimes it's funny how our brain thinks that if we apply a proven formula to something in life, it would work, when formulas don't work in life 😂).
Suddenly, it seems that the head knowledge of "trial fast and fail fast" became something difficult to come to terms with. When faced with crisis/challenge/problem (likewise for governments, healthcare professionals or even you and me in this covid19), how do we make sense of things, come out of it stronger while keeping our wonder?
Walking the talk
It is indeed true that in the dark moments, there are opportunities to grow. It is true that it is often not the circumstance or people that gets us down, but the fact that it can be painful to grow, especially living in a society that demands perfection. And have you heard of people saying, "I don't want to grow up?" I think it is because with knowledge and years added to our age 😂, we also gain more fears and lose simplicity. A child loves to explore and has less fears about failing.
I really do find that life can be paradoxical. We all need to grow and mature, but yet we also need to learn to retain child-likeness (not childishness).
I think also that judging ourselves can trap us. As Mitzi puts it, "The irony is that the more perfectionistic we are, the more our mistakes glare at us, the more unsatisfied we become towards ourselves, the more we think we need to be perfect. Some of us may have this nagging feeling that we are not good enough, that we could have done this or that better. Forgive yourself, love yourself, accept yourself."
So let us go out there - explore, create, fail, learn.
I realised also how I had my release today-
Knowing and trusting that I am in the hands of the One who holds all things together for good, being authentic to a community (we all need support!), and having some time of contemplation which resulted in this blog post!
Thank you for reading and journeying with us!