In 2006, I took a leap of faith and used the experience I held working in the disability, beauty and wellness industries to open my dream day spa. With my favourite quote, “We rise by lifting others”, by Robert Ingersoll always at the forefront of my mind, my day spa soon became known throughout the community as a place of respite and renowned for its philosophy in creating professional sensory therapies for clients to enjoy well deserved “time out”. Despite its success, I made the heart wrenching decision to step away and sell my business in 2016. My motivation to help improve the lives of others by inducing relaxation and reducing stress remained unchanged and I soon opened my sole operation “Petite Retreat”.
Fast forward 4 years, COVID-19 happened and lockdown had me bored and feeling flat. During this time I received a gorgeous hamper from a client, this beautiful gesture lifted my spirits and shifted what had been a unpleasant day into a brighter one…it got me thinking and soon sparked an idea! I discussed my aspirations of gifting products by local Australian producers into wellbeing gift boxes to a friend. She gently encouraged me and when I later discovered that her birthday falls on 1 November (111), I promised myself that I could no longer ignore the signs.
To celebrate my beloved Grandmother’s memory and what would have marked her 99th birthday, I launched Santa Milana- Gifts of Wellbeing on 1 November 2020 at 1.11pm. An extension of my work, belief in “rising by lifting others” and a commemoration of the precious grace and love my grandmother embodied and instilled in everyone.