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Happy New 2017 From Scandi Mini!

Friday, 30 December 2016 09:09:47 Europe/London

I am a big believer in self reflection. Not because I want to be self obsessed or dwell on my mistakes but because as a human being; a mother, wife, friend and business owner I constantly develop, learn new skills and thought behaviours and by the end of a year I want to reflect on how to live my life but also be grateful for all the things that went my way, and move forward and restructure the things that could have gone better. Maybe you do the same?

And if anything, 2016 was a huge learning experience for me.

It has to be said that it wasn't one of my favourite years. I don't need think I need to mention Trump or Brexit, because I think you already know where I stand. But I do think that Scandi Mini got a bit too big in 2016 for its own good. A bit out of hand for a small business. Too much work. A small team staff structure that collapsed time and time again. A shop we couldn't look after as a result. And a warehouse that we grew out of. I've said it many times before but running an online shop is part a dream job, part so much work, you want to give up from time to time.  

But let me tell you something as well. When the going gets tough, you learn. You rethink your priorities, you adapt and you move forward. That's 2016 for me. I've learnt so much about running a business, even though this is year 6. I've learnt so much about myself. I've finally learnt that I need to take care of myself too. And that I kind of want to change my direction a bit, although it's too early to share what that means. All exciting stuff.

So with the below learnings in mind, I thank 2016 for being one hell of a learning curve and I can't wait to put my new exciting plans in place for 2017. And let's make 2017 better! Don't you think we can all improve a bit, learn to be more accepting in general?

1. Only say yes to things that you wholeheartedly believe in.

I've said yes too many times in 2016. I've always felt uncomfortable saying no, mainly becuase it goes against being a 'nice girl'. Saying no to things you don't 100% support is actually really empowering and it's the only way to be if you want to live your life your way. There are of course limitations and rules need to be followed but as a general rule of thumb, if your gut says no, or even just maybe, it probably isn't right. 

2. Invest in yourself.

I suffer from full blown insomnia from time to time - it's both stress related and hormon induced - and even though I have huge energy reserve I am not superhuman. This year I've invested way too little time in myself, it was only towards the end of it that I started turning things around. Make sure you get your weekly dose of exercise, healthy food, the odd meditation and support from family and friends but also give support to the important things in your life, spend a lot of time with loved ones, and all will be good. 

3. Don't be aifraid to fail.

Being vulnerable is one of the scariest things for me but if I don't put yourself out there, I will never move forward. I am not afraid of taking risks per se but I am way too perfectionist. Learning and accepting that things don't have always have to be perfect is key. This year I had very little time for consumer contact, marketing and maybe worst of all, ensuring we had a well functioning team, so I had to accept that I can't manage and direct Scandi Mini on my own anymore. It forced me to resstructure my business and who does what, and it forced me to give up some control too. And now that I have, I feel so much better for it.

So here's to a brighter future, a New Year filled with love, peace and hope. To health and happiness. To good friends, to the things that give you energy and to what's really closest to my heart: to my family, of course.

I wish you all, the very best for 2017. Let's make it better!

Kisses xxx

Scandi Mini

Photos: Philippa James Photography 2016

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Happy Holidays From Scandi Mini

Friday, 23 December 2016 12:19:57 Europe/London

It's almost time for Christmas! What could be more exciting for children? It definitily beats their birthdays celebrations; in our house at least.

I hope you all have a lovely time with family & friends!

xx Scandi Mini

Photos: Philippa James

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Holiday Delivery Dates

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:25:01 Europe/London

The Online Shop is open as usual  but please note we won't be shipping any orders placed between the 23rd of December to the 2nd of January 2017.

Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Happy Holidays!

The Scandi Mini Team

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Why are we are launching the sale early....TODAY!!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 06:41:52 Europe/London

 

Oh this autumn! I don't want to go on and on about it but this autumn has been MAD! Hard, exhausting and almost 'I want to give up' worthy. I didn't even realise how many things could go wrong simultaneously, but now...I know!

Yes, that autumn.

It was this autumn....

....When we outgrew our 900 square feet/85 square meter warehouse and had to rebuild it twice, the last time so it actually now works again and is better than ever before.

....When we had to close the warehouse for order send outs for not just a few days but weeks as the only person who worked there left unexpectedly from one day to the other. Financially, that wasn't great, as I am sure you understand. But at least we got an amazing, super speedy and organized replacement: Agnieszka, who now works at the warehouse full time since September.

....When thanks to some old problem code - and a new hosting company who didn't know about it as the old company never told us - our payment system crashed not just once, twice but four times throughout the autumn making us, again, loose out lots of sales.

....When half of our part time team went through some very unfortunate, personal stuff or just a lot of illnesses, so we couldn't work at full speed either for pretty much all of the autumn.

....When consequently our shop had to be closed about 50% of the time that it was supposed to be open.

However we've been through it now and all is back to normal or even better than before, even that old manky code is finally scratched, armed with some pretty tough learnings and actually, a real feeling that 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. 

Because I know we have so much more to give as a small company than what we've been capable of showing off this season. We have a small but really ace team! And although we have been more quiet than usual we've worked really hard to get all your orders out on time, so I don't think you, as our customers, have even noticed most of these things. I hope so?

However there is one thing I wish we could have done this autumn and that's to launch our new website. I haven't given you any sneak peeks, but the designs were signed off in July and they look amazing (just being my humble self ;)). Just transferring the old website data to the new site though is so time consuming, because we don't have filters set up in the old website but do in the new, it would have taken us months to go through it all and set it up all over again. And as such, when we launch our new website in the New Year, I want to have as little old products there as possible.

So we're launching our winter sale today. Very early. But the Spring 2017 collections are also launching early, some as early as the second week of January, and arriving very early January. So we have no other choice.

2017 will be a fresh, new chapter. An improved Scandi Mini. And finally, a new website. With filters! (how exciting, ha, ha)

Happy Sales shopping!

x Scandi Mini 

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