Delivering Joy was born – Valeska Waldron – Australia

Tell us about yourself and what is your business or job? 

I’m Valeska, and I am an entrepreneur, part-time employee, student, wife, and mother to 2 children aged 6 and 8. I am also someone who likes to find joy in the little moments and encourage others to do the same. I am the creator and founder of Delivering Joy – a business all about seeking and spreading joy in our lives and living with intention. It provides women with meaningful, heartfelt, and unique gifts to support and uplift their friends and loved ones, particularly those going through a tough time. Our 30 Days of Joy text message packages consist of uplifting, supportive, humorous, or loving messages delivered daily for 30 days and are designed to be a daily touchpoint to show you care. It’s like a bunch of flowers, but lasts longer! We also have an Inspiring Affirmation Card set, which provides 20 messages (affirmations, prompts, and questions) to inspire a joy-filled and intentional life, to help you live your best life.

How long have you been in business or your career? 

I have been in business for over a year now – it started during Covid. I have been feeling the pull to do this for about 3-4 years and the idea of Delivering Joy just kept tapping on the shoulder until I listened and couldn’t ignore it anymore! During Covid seemed like to perfect time to spread some joy to the world.

Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?

My business is a vehicle to spark more joy in people’s lives. In little ways, that means a lot. The work lights me up because it is designed intentionally to connect, uplift, and support others. It feels good to create products that DO GOOD and help people in a meaningful and heartfelt way. Delivering Joy was born from an idea I had to help my friend, Emily, who was undergoing treatment for cancer. I wanted her to know that I was thinking about her every day, but she didn’t need physical gifts and I wanted something more meaningful and long-lasting.

I knew that laughter and humour can provide such a healing force and a way to take her mind off her reality, even if momentarily. I couldn’t find anything out there that provided what I wanted, so I came up with a unique and heartfelt gift myself – The 30 Days of Laughter. This consisted of a text message a day for 30 days, sent directly to her phone each morning with a message or link to a funny meme or video – to make her laugh and smile, to shift her focus, and bring some joy. She looked forward to receiving them every day. When she passed away, I knew that I needed to turn my idea into service, allowing others to meaningfully support and uplift their loved ones going through tough times too, when often we don’t know what to do say, or do. Delivering Joy was born!

Who has been your greatest influence in business and in your personal life and why?

Hands down, this would be my friend Emily. Her journey taught me so much in a short space of time…. To really live your life, find what brings you joy and go do more of that. Don’t wait for the “right time”, just go and do what you feel pulled to do, make an impact – leave the world a better place, be kind, and love much.
I have also surrounded myself with a great support crew – a fabulous group of friends and mentors (who are doing fabulous and inspiring things themselves), who want nothing more than to see me succeed – surrounding yourself with the right people is key. I have sought coaching from some amazing people who inspire and influence me in many different aspects of business and life. My Grandma is a huge inspiration to me and my life. She is 98 years old and she has never stopped learning. I remember she used to write letters to the local newspaper and The Advertiser on various topics she felt passionate about. She taught herself to use a computer to write her life story, just so her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would know what it was like for her growing up. She is even on Facebook and uses it to keep up to date with what her family is doing. She has had some pretty challenging times in her life, but she shows resilience and has kept going through it all – I can’t even write down all the ways she has and continues to inspire me!

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

Creating a new and innovative product that, I believe, can really help people to stay connected and provide support, in a meaningful, personal, and unique way – when they really need it the most. Spreading more love, kindness, and joy to the world. Then going out and actually doing it (getting out the way of my own fears and limiting beliefs)!

What do you do to inspire other women?

The premise of my business is about encouraging others to intentionally seek joy and to meaningfully support others through love, kindness, and joy – I also live by these ideals, inspiring others to do the same. I step outside of my comfort zone time and time again to follow my passion to help people. It is often challenging, but I continue to do so knowing this is where most growth comes from and therefore moves me closer towards my goals. I juggle this along with being a Mum, wife, and working part-time while being aware of the absolute need for self-care.

What inspirational qualities do you possess?

It is interesting to me that so often we (a lot of us) find it a challenge to shine a light on what we do well (me included)… but the more of us that step up and do so, can inspire others to do the same. I regularly show tenacity – there are plenty of times I could have given up and walked away from my business idea and goals, but I choose to keep picking myself up and to stay on my path headed
towards my dreams.

It can take a lot of courage to step into the unknown and to be vulnerable – to share me, my why, and my story. I do it because I feel it helps people to know why I am doing what I am doing, and they realise they are not alone in their journey, and perhaps it might encourage or inspire them in some way.
I live with passion – it lights me up to put my whole self into what I do, and that energy has ripple effects on those around me. I strive to make life better for myself, my children, and my family, and I also aim to inspire others to live their best life. This has taken (and continues to take) a lot of self-
reflection and commitment to growth – I am always learning (I love it) and then working to put that learning into action to live my best life.

What’s your advice for other women that may want to do what you do?

Just start. Having an idea for a business is one thing, but the thought of starting can be a real roadblock. Surround yourself with other people doing great things, hire a coach if you need to – to help you move forward, but then… just give it a go! What have you got to lose?

What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to Nikki’s blog? 

There is no failure, only lessons. If something didn’t work out the way you would have liked (or you make a mistake), what are the learnings? How could you do it differently next time? – there are always lessons to be learned.

What do you do for fun/relaxation?

 Walks in nature – they ground me, clear my mind and the beauty of nature brings me joy. I love connecting with people and hearing their stories – everyone has a story, and they offer a different perspective of the world.
 Pilates, yoga, and meditation – breathing and moving my body are so important for my mental health and wellbeing. Playing with my girls – the joy I get from being present and connecting with them or watching them do their own thing is one of the best feelings in the world.

What’s the best way for our women here to connect with you?

People can see my business and what I offer via my website at www.deliveringjoy.com.au

I love connecting and having conversations with people via Facebook and Insta, so please find me on
www.facebook.com/deliveringjoy.foryou

www.instagram.com/deliveringjoy.foryou
Or you can email me at hello@deliveringjoy.com.au