Our lives are busy. But, it's not just us. It's everyone.
For the last three years, we have made a conscious effort to explore our own 'backyard'. We have travelled to Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and of course, our home state of New South Wales. On those trips, we'd often visit the Central Coast. These trips were a way to get away from the busyness of city lives; to explore national parks, regional cafes and stores, and beautiful natural landscapes.
And then COVID-19 hit.
The trips stopped. But so did the excuses in not making the move out of the city, something we had talked about since visiting different parts of Australia. So, we did it. What also became a possibility was creating a space where we could combine our interests - in specialty coffee, personal development, mental health and wellbeing, and small business.
The idea of moving out of the city and setting up a business had been germinating for so long, and now, it was finally happening. Slowwell, part lifestyle store focused on books and self-care, part slow brew - filter coffee - sellers, and part wellbeing practice, was born, tied together by the belief that we'd all be a little better off if we slowed down long enough to pay attention to ourselves, our loved ones and the world around us.
Germán is Colombian, with coffee playing a strong role in his upbringing and memories of his father. After moving to Australia 13 years ago in 2007 to study a masters degree in Design at UTS, he became a Vegemite-eating, thongs-wearing Aussie last year 2019.
Danielle is a psychotherapist and coach, who spent the last four years at Surry Hills psychology practice The Indigo Project. Originally from Perth, Dani is passionate about supporting people to understand themselves a little better in order to create a life they love. A big book reader, she's excited to curate the health and wellbeing titles stocked at the store, and would welcome recommendations and discussions by anyone who loves self-help books as much as she does.
Together, Germán and Dani hope to add to the wonderfully welcoming community of Ettalong Beach, a place they love, and support those who are also seeking a few more moments of stillness, connection and growth in their own lives.
We look forward to meeting you.
Dani and Germán