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Understanding the law of attraction

In the past two weeks, I have come to REALLY understand the law of attraction.

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No Limits.

I could never have imagined that putting a picture of myself (very apprehensively), doing Pilates in a pair of Hayley Joy, Plus size, Active wear leggings, would unleash this kind of reaction.
I live my life based on a very simple philosophy…exactly what you put out, is exactly what you get back. I’ve proved it over and over again to myself, that in it’s simplicity, this philosophy is the most simple path to follow, but sometimes the most difficult one to embrace.

I am a Plus size woman, who designs and manufactures Plus size fashion, and yet I struggle to put myself out there as the face of the brand. Why? I don’t have an answer to that question, I guess it’s because I’m a woman with issues, simply put!! But these two weeks have enabled me to have an answer, for what happens when you do put yourself out there, and that is that the rewards are enormous.
I have communicated with women from all over the world, who have come forward and shared their frustrations around being Plus size, and being so frustrated at the lack of availability of respectful Plus size fashion, and especially Plus size Activewear.

I’ve also had an amazingly rewarding time, doing a lot of one-on-one consultations with new clients, who have come to the store because they read my story. I laughed with them, and I cried with them, but most importantly I established a trust with them. In honouring myself, I have proved that I honoured them as women first, and that there is no judgement at Hayley Joy. Your size is of no importance to me, my sole mission is to provide you with a wardrobe of respectfully designed clothing, that makes you feel respected as a woman.

Stepping out of my comfort zone as an entrepreneur is one thing, but it’s stepping out as a woman with body image issues, that has unleashed the greatest rewards of gratitude. I have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of gratitude and it has inspired me to keep pushing the boundaries, because I’ve proved with this new little venture, that there are no limits, the only limits are the ones we put on ourselves.

I am in awe of the gratitude. Thank you to all of you who have supported my quest to make a difference, and there are MANY of you.
❤️ Hayley

 

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Grateful for the acknowledgement, always.

Honoured and privileged for the acknowledgement and affirmation, for my commitment to making a difference in the lives of women, of all shapes and sizes.

My committment to changing perceptions about Odd and Plus sizes, is unwavering, and this is a wonderful reward for that commitment, from The Saturday Star.

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I am so grateful for my ability to design and manufacture ranges of clothing, that make a difference in the lives of so many women. Together with my amazing team, I am living a dream that has no limits.

With our newly launched online store http://hayleyjoy.com my dream of reaching so many more of you is such a wonderful reality.
❤️ Hayley

 

Balance in Leadership

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Balance in Leadership

I enjoy leading and learning, and am privileged to have nurtured a team, who are comfortable to give me constructive feedback that I continuously learn from.

Allowing my team members to express themselves and to actively participate in making decisions about fabric, designs and the final look and feel of collections, has proved to me that the Boss doesn’t always have to make all the decisions. Some of our most successful designs have come from input from the seamstresses who vary in age from 30 – 60 years old.

For so long I did this alone, now working as a team, is so much more rewarding than working solo.

❤️ Hayley

 

 

 

Is Shape even an option when designing for Plus sizes?

Yes it is, if you have a whole lot of patience and determination…oh and it helps if the designer is Plus size herself!!

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I’ve spent the last two years determined to create Plus size shapes with Shape. I’ve gone where I never thought I could go, and I’ve uncovered a tiny little area just under the bust, that I’ve worked with, that allows me to shape any size. For way too long, Plus size styles have been stuck in a rut of, however big the tummy and the behind are, that’s how big the area around the shoulders and the bust need to be. That’s the furtherest thing from design truth, it just needed somebody to take the time (a lot of it), and a whole lot of patience, to find shape. It really is there, and it makes the hugest difference to the fit of Plus size clothing.

Working with the new Hayley Joy Miracle Shape tops is like a breath of fresh air for me. Being able to tell clients that I will give them shape, no matter their size, is the most wonderful feeling, and then seeing the look on their faces when they see the shape for themselves, when standing in front of the mirror, is like winning a gold medal. I truly feel like I’ve done my own Olympics whilst designing these new shapes. All the hard work is perfectly cemented when I see the new Summer ’16 collections coming out of Hayley Joy production.
❤️ Hayley

I dreamed a dream…oh how apt those words are for Hayley Joy today.

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Two years ago a seed was planted, to offer our Hayley Joy, Plus size collections, online. Today that dream is a reality and my excitement has no bounds, as I set out on this amazing path to offer real shapes to real women, wherever you are in the world. I have created true Plus size shapes, sized from a generous small to a very generous 7XL, to fit and flatter, no matter your size or your shape.

Welcome to Hayley Joy online and welcome to my Shape Evolution.
❤️ Hayley Joy Weinberg

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Positivity in Negativity…

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I’m sharing this little rant of mine because it’s one of those stories that starts out as a negative, and turns into a huge positive.
I try my hardest to provide the best service I can, and yes I’m human, but I have as many checks in place as I can, to make sure that we don’t slip up, and if we do, they are minor slip-ups that won’t destroy a relationship with either a client or a supplier. So when I’m on the receiving end of really bad service, that is potentially damaging to my business and my reputation, I do tend to get a little angry, and worried about who I am entrusting my brand to.
 This was my question (quite a long one.)

‘Why am I teaching my courier company who are going to handle all my online deliveries, and my bank who are going to handle the payments, about customer service and communication?
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Uncollected parcels…no communication for reasons.

Undelivered business credit card ordered end Feb, been sitting with relationship manager since first week of March.

Am I missing something here? I thought collecting parcels and delivering credit cards was the easiest part of both jobs!

So whilst sitting pondering a whole lot of things about these two situations, this pertinent quote popped into my head. And that is the positivity that came out of the rant. The bigger I dream for Hayley Joy, the bigger and better I am going to deliver. I want to prove, that it doesn’t matter how big we grow, my commitment to providing good service when I opened Hayley Joy retail 9 years ago, was and is, always going to be my number one priority. I have hand picked the right people in the right positions, and together we are going to make your online shopping experience, is as good as your physical experience is, when you shop at Hayley Joy retail.

Rant over…HJ feeling much calmer and wiser. ❤️

Being your best judge, Meryl Streep style.

You’re just one opinion in a sea of thousands, I’m going to find a kinder tide – Meryl Streep

These words resonate on many levels for me. Choosing to focus on designing for Plus sizes was met with enormous negativity, by many. I was unwavering in my choice, and going by the amount of lives I have changed, through my dedication to honouring all shapes and sizes, I definitely found a kinder tide.
❤️ Hayley

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Meryl Streep, a true inspiration.

It really is all about timing…

I’m not big on sitting in peak hour traffic and I’m certainly not big on William Nicol Drive at 5pm. So when I received an invitation, via my business coach Brent Spilkin, to a presentation at the Microsoft offices, featuring Rich Mullholland, hosted by Heavy Chef, I took the plunge, because these are names you don’t let traffic stand in the way of.

On the morning of the presentation I received an email from Heavy Chef welcoming me, and reminding me to tweet as many times as I could, about the event. I’m not the biggest tweeter, but there were prizes to be won, and I never win anything because I never enter anything!! I managed to tweet twice and the prize I was after, was for an online digital marketing course, with GetSmarter.

I made it through the traffic, attended the event, which was mind-blowing, Rich Mulholland puts on a really good presentation, and at the end they announced the Twitter winners. I just knew I was going to win, and I did. I needed some variation in my working life, it was time to step out of my very predictable comfort zone.

And I won the course…it’s all about the law of attraction they say…that day, I say it was all about manifestation and determination. I really, really wanted to win, and I did.

So after 30 years, I became a student again, and embarked on a 10 week online course. It was the craziest 10 weeks, I didn’t know what had hit me, and as I am a bit of an overachiever, not passing wasn’t an option. I started to engage with people, I spent hours on Google learning about everything digital, and I really started to understand how fast our world is changing, and how important it is, no matter how old you are (I’m 52), that you have to be evolving with it, otherwise you will truly be left behind.

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My Digital Marketing certificate.

I’ve received my certificate acknowledging my participation. I passed, which is such an awesome feeling, you have no idea how hard I worked to gain an overall pass rate of 71%, this course was so far out of my comfort zone. It was intense, it was challenging on many, many levels, but the doors it’s opened are beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I’ve met the most incredible people in cyberspace, I’ve connected with relevant people in my field, and I’ve been introduced to a whole new world.

As the launch of the HJ online store approaches, my newly acquired knowledge, in so many fields, is going to benefit me, my future clients and all who are connected to HJ production and retail. The journey is going to be a much more enlightened one.

Through the digital course I came across an online photography course which I joined, and I am now busy seeing and connecting with the world on so many different levels. There is so much available online today. I never thought I could study ‘on my own’ but the support in the forums and groups from fellow students, is like nothing I could have ever imagined.
❤️ Hayley

I won an online course and turned my life upside down for 10 weeks.

Done, dusted and submitted, a full Digital Marketing Strategy thanks to GetSmarter who I studied through and Heavy Chef who I won it through, and of course the best business coach in the world, Brent Spilkin from Growing Pains Business Coaching, who is the real reason this all came to be.

I pushed myself to new limits, I nearly threw the laptop out of the window, numerous times, but above all else, I learnt that it is never to late challenge and educate your mind. I chose the Online Digital Marketing course, because I handle all the social media for Hayley Joy and I knew that it was time to delve a bit deeper, and start really understanding all the aspects.

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I learnt how to create a website from scratch and how to optimise the various aspects,  I learnt how to read my analytics, with insight that has helped me make major tweaks across my  various platforms. I learnt how to delve much deeper into Facebook advertising, I learnt how to create an effective email campaign, I learnt all about cellphone marketing, and then in week 10, I took everything that I’d learnt over the past 9 weeks, and created a Digital Marketing Strategy from start to finish.

I’m both nervous and excited to see those results, and I’d like to believe that I gained enough knowledge in a field that I previously knew very little about.

And so life will gain some normality for a couple of weeks, until Hayley Joy online becomes a reality…soon.

❤️ Hayley

 

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