In 2015, we were shocked to be asked to enter the Illawarra Women in Business Awards, especially as we were Highly Commended in Best Business in 2015.
It was one of things that I thought would never come together - from losing my answers (my first draft copy), to then having the computer crash where I had my final draft (including photos etc), to then not being able to get in the post in time.
It was fortunate that I had done a backup on a seperate computer, and that I was able to submit the application electronically (Thank You!)
Due to my email provider improving their scam mail blocking, I didn't receive notification that I was a finalist, so when I heard that all Finalists were notified, and I heard nothing, I thought that was it. When I ran into one of the judges at a business function, she congratulated me on becoming a Finalist. So I then had to chase that up.
If things didn't get harder, Dirk was away at the time with our youngest two kids, so the clinic was on reduced open hours. Being able to contact us to schedule the interview was problematic, but thank goodness for email!
So the day of the interview arrived. I had intended to get ready at the vet hospital, so took everything along there to shower etc. But guess what - I forgot the outfit (had the shoes thought... very handy). Nothing like a wonderful spouse doing the quick drive from Russell Vale to Dapto and back again, so at least I could go to the interview with some clothes on (other than surgical scrubs).
Finally, arrived at the interview on time! Phew!
The two interviewers were wonderful ladies who advised me that they had a tough job ahead of them due to the quality of the applicants.
The day of the Awards arrived, and it poured with rain! No real surprise that the path wasn't going to be smooth sailing.
We arrived, and the Award lunch went beautifully. We heard inspiring speeches, heard beautiful singing, and all in all, were in a group of energetic, passionate fellow business people, dedicated to the best in customer service and experience.