This toast has been six years in the making

By Kim Browne

Like many South Africans I have been reading with horror what Zuma and his cronies have been up to overnight and am truly stunned how this man remains the president of our beautiful country. We should know better after everything we’ve been through! We seem to have slipped into a Zuma dictatorship and the burning question is what are we going to do about it. No-one else is coming to save us – ordinary South Africans like us have to do it ourselves, starting today. Sadly, this is no April Fool’s joke.

Despite the mayhem in our lives April is always a month to celebrate at The Toast. We launched the company six years ago and have steadily and consistently grown the business from a zero base to where we are today. Our staff complement has more than doubled in this time and we have a wonderful collective of regular freelance contributors, some of whom we’ve been working with for 25 years plus!

My focus seems to have naturally re-shifted to wellness. Wellness of the business, wellness of our team and as I near my 50th birthday later this month, wellness of my family and myself. Truth be told, I’ve let “wellness” slip a lot these last few years as other things have encroached on my time.

Forget the excuses of the past – with the help of my new Apple 2 watch, I have a new master on my wrist to get me standing regularly, drinking eight glasses of water and moving more. Fascinating for me was realising how many steps I actually take in a normal work day “behind my desk” – this week it amounted to an average of 4kms a day! I could go on and on about my new toy, suffice it to say, I absolutely love it <3

We’re planning another team pamper day to celebrate our birthday and have been inspired to do a team wellness day later on in the year.

Today it seems fitting that we have a status meeting with our very first client Kim Potgieter from Chartered Wealth Solutions, two days ahead of her actual birthday on 2 April. Happy birthday Kim! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in us and signing up as a client of Twisted Toast before we even had a proper office to work from. You took our breath away then and still often do with your go-get it attitude and entrepreneurial spirit.

We’re also meeting with a prospective brand new client, who were referred by an existing one, who saw our work for Chartered Wealth and signed up with us and have passed it on. That’s the way it goes with us. Age old word of mouth referrals are our toast and butter, so thank you to our clients who continue to do our advertising for us.

A late lunch and a spot of champagne are on the cards and we’ll be closing early to give the team some much needed time off to make up for the frenetic pace of the last few weeks. In the interests of wellness of course, because that’s how we roll.

Happy Easter and cheers to the next year or six!