Life happened when we least expected it

After a very long of hiatus period, we can happily announced that our 2019 collection is nearly finished and soon to be ready to purchase. Sadly to say, we will only have a mini collection collection this year. It means that there will not be many items available, only the essentials, including the amount of the stocks produced.

We have been getting messages on what happened behind the scenes as we had a very productive year in 2017 but not appearing at all in 2018. Many asked if kONTRAS is still on. We didn’t tell you before because we’re trying to figure out ways to make everything possible. But, unfortunately, we can’t.

The highlight of 2018 is…. K is now a married lady. Yayy! She never intended to make her wedding secret, but prefer to keep them as private as possible. Anyway, it was such an enjoyable wedding. The weather was perfect, the venue was beautiful, the food was delicious even though it’s a bit too much for everyone. But overall, K’s simple and intimate dream wedding came true. And so you guess, since she planned and do the wedding prep all by herself and get a little bit of help from her now husband, it took more time and effort than she expected to juggling between her wedding, her work, and kONTRAS.

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Other than that, R was on the other side of the world. As you all know that we live in Australia, but we’re not Australian. She tried her best to stay but it wasn’t enough time for her. So when her time was up, she had to pack her bag and went home. It was a really really tough time for us. With all of our products are handmade, it means K has to tackle production on her own; and with almost all of her focus was to her wedding, there was literally no one that continue keeping kONTRAS alive.

The progress that we can tell you so far is that we are still making and selling our products/services in Australia. It might be not as big as before but we are working on it and our next collection will be available to purchase SOON. Don’t you worry, ladies! We will also be participating in some markets closer to end of the year later. Will definitely update the deets later!

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K once said that her life never goes according to her plan, but that what makes it surprisingly amazing. And ain’t that true? We were sad and heartbroken that none of our (business) goals this year is coming to life. Yet, at least we both ticking some of our personal goals and that is good enough for us, for now. We use this opportunity to pause and take a step back to see the business as a whole. Re-thinking about the business value and journey, planning on what to do and where to go next. We also feel very grateful that with everything that we’ve been through this year, we can re-connect with our family back home and have more quality time to spend with them. Thus, we believe everything happens for a reason and that reason might lead us to something beautiful and big. So finger crossed and keep your hope up. :)

The most important announcement that we want to share is that the first item from our 2019 collection is ready! Our 2019 Floral Wall Calendar is up on the website. You can shop them here. We hope this news brighten up your day a little bit.

We’ll see you soon.

xx

So not ready for mid-year

Hello!

This year is passing by real quick! We apologize for being MIA due to handling a lot of personal stuff that requires our sole attention. We know it's not an excuse but we do hope you understand that as a two-ladies show, that is not much we can do when our hand are tight. But anyway, please know that we are trying our best to put you guys first too!

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Putting those things aside, we can give you a quick update on what has been going on behind the scene is still a lot of making your new Jurnal for next year. A major hint we can give you is that it would be a completely different design from this year's Jurnal. We have received so much love regarding our Floraline Jurnal, but we need to move on, right? hehe. Secondly, we also heard your input about the increasing love of Bullet Journaling. Wait for our surprise to make some lovely BuJo products for you all next year. It is gonna be mind-blowing!

Now, the real deal about being in mid-year of 2018. How are you all doing? We know things might have shifted from your original plan but make sure to look them back, will you? In two weeks, all of us will come to that daunting Evaluation Sheet and fill them in. It will become harder to do because, for us, we have definitely missed some of our goals. But it is important to write them down as it will remind us again of what is important and need to be done. To catch up with the remaining time we have.

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Let's achieve those goals in the next six months!

Hello 2018!

Hi everyone! 

Welcome to the new Kontras Jurnal. This is our first post of the year and we can feel the excitement from thinking about how amazing can 2018 become. 

To be honest, January was our break month from the hustle bustle of 2017. Nothing fancy. No holiday overseas or out of town. We took some rest, plenty of 'me-time' and not thinking about work at all. Well, maybe a little bit. :)

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Now February is kicking in. It means our break time is over and we need to open the business as usual. We are starting this year by opening our blog for public again. This year we decided to use this platform to share our business journey. You will find more of behind the scenes, new collection ideas, planning tips, as well as random food for thoughts that can bring inspirations for you. We will move all further discussion about whatever we post here to KontrasTribe. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram too as you will find your daily dose of motivation there!


Reflection Notes
2017 was a crazy year. In December 2017, we were officially one year old. We had so much fun and enjoyed the whole year. We managed to achieve our goals by joining a few local markets and had two pop-up shops. We experienced thousands up and down moments. Some were heartbreaking, but most of them were heartwarming.
We made new friends with local designers and makers. We did things we never thought we would do and so far it was an amazing journey. We are very grateful to them all. 

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2018 Goals
1. Participate more in local markets. 
It's been our dream to join one of the biggest local markets in Australia, The Finders Keepers. Unfortunately, their timings with our plans are usually off. We have looked up their 2018 schedule and we are not sure if we can join them again this year. :(
In the meantime, we are planning to partake small local markets and hopefully, we can join The Big Design Market by the end of the year.

2. See our products in stores.
So far, our products are only available online. Either it is on our website or in our Etsy Shop. This year, we plan to approach more offline retailers and introduce our products. By doing this, we hope that our products will be more accessible for everyone, Australia wide.

3. Jurnal-ing more.
Journaling or in this case blogging has been one of our passion. Yet, committing to writing more were a big failure for us last year. Thus, this year we make a promise to our self that we will blog more in Kontras.co. Hopefully, you will see our writing every once a month. 


Apart from those goals, we made a discovery about our growing love towards plants that is so much more than last year. We have more than 12 plants to take care now and the number definitely growing. That is one of the reasons why this year's Jurnal theme is botanical. So yeah, we will keep you updated on everything else soon!