#81 Wellness for Entrepreneurs (Part 2 of 3) Coping with Startup Stress with Zanna van Dijk and Natalie Glaze

03 Dec 2020

Entrepreneurship has a real glamour to it these days. With images of global startups such as Tesla, Lyft, Gymshark, Monzo and more. But what is  startup life really like? And is it as desirable as people make it out to be?

I’m thrilled to welcome along good friends of mine to the show - Zanna van Dijk and Natalie Glaze. These entrepreneurial, passionate ocean lovers wanted to create a business which was a force for good. A business that aligns with their morals and actually serves the planet.

To fulfil this desire they co-founded Stay Wild Swim in 2018, an ethical and sustainable swimwear brand made from regenerated ocean plastic in the heart of London. Since the launch it has quickly become a leader in the sustainable fashion industry with a radically transparent supply chain, showing that you can consciously produce clothing without compromising style and quality. I personally know just how much effort goes into sourcing the raw materials, the fulfillment process and the seasonless slow fashion approach.

Featured in Vogue, showcased at London Fashion Week, stocked in Selfridges and approved by Anna Wintour - Stay Wild Swim has seen huge success in a short period of time and is set to continue shaking up the fashion world.

But what are the costs of startup? Beyond the glamour and the success what is the day to day like? The stresses, the sacrifice and how do these young business women stay grounded? What is their secret?

On the show today we talk about:

  • How Zanna and Natalie connected and grew the concept of what became Stay Wild
  • Their rapid journey to success, features across both luxury magazines and the biggest social media account
  • What stresses they have encountered on their short journey
  • What coping mechanisms they have learnt along the way
  • Zannas personal illness that led to her understanding the value of stopping and taking time for herself
  • What advice Natalie and Zanna have for listeners to cope with anxiety and stress, regardless of whether they are starting something up as a business 

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I really do hope that you enjoyed this, the second in our mini series Wellness for Entrepreneurs!
What a treat to be able to chat with these two about their amazing and sustainable business - that is growing leaps and bounds - Im so proud of them both, and what an amazing achievement.
Theres some great insights and realities that we cover in our conversation - about not only their successes but their journey along the way including stresses and personal illness.
Some links that we talked about on the show are:
Holly Tucker’s Podcast “Conversations of Inspiration”
“How I built this” with Guy Raz
Anna Wintour

GUEST: Zanna van Dijk and Natalie Glaze

Growing up scuba diving, snorkelling and spending time by the water allowed us to develop a strong connection with the sea. The ocean provides life not only to the marine world but to us, producing every second breath we take, and as a result we are extremely passionate about respecting and protecting it. We feel a responsibility to give back to the ocean and Stay Wild is our way of doing that. It is our passion project, one we pour our hearts and souls into. It gives us the opportunity to not only fight the marine plastic problem but actively contribute to the solution. Through Stay Wild we are able to channel our energy into building a brand which reflects our style as well as our values. Our mission is to produce swimwear with a purpose. Not only are our pieces created using regenerated ocean plastic through the most sustainable practices possible; they are made into clean cut styles which are designed to flatter every woman. In short, we want Stay Wild to enable you to make the best choice you can without compromising style or substance.

with Zanna van Dijk and Natalie Glaze

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