U!Shine Vienna Becomes a Toddler!
You read it right - we’re officially one year old and we are loving it.
May 3, 2018 is the day Michelle and I signed U!Shine Vienna into creation. We sat opposite our lawyers who laughed at us while we excitedly took pictures of each other signing the documents and freaking out. Then we left the building and screamed on the sidewalk.
It was a good day.
Since then, we’ve had a wild ride as we’ve tried to run U!Shine Vienna with wisdom, grace, and an unlimited amount of patience. About half the time, we feel like we know what we’re doing. And the other half - we’re mostly winging it. It’s a good mix, though. Keeps us on our toes.
For more detailed versions of what U!Shine Vienna has accomplished since May 3rd of last year, we encourage you to take a look through our blog posts and scroll through our Facebook page. Otherwise, you can scan this list and celebrate with us!
In one year, U!Shine Vienna:
Registered as a legal entity in the state of Vienna
Developed and launched its website and social media platforms
Created a Board of Directors and Volunteer Team
Partnered with Pizzera Sprachakademie as our first meeting location
Hosted SIX Community Coffee Meetups
Moved into and partnered with The SocialWorkHUB
Promoted five mental health professionals in Vienna
Hosted a board game night
Held an Info Night
Gave a presentation using U!Shine curriculum on depression
Hosted a workshop on mindfulness and meditation
Hosted our first U!Meet: Find a Friend, Gain a Community
Hosted a guest lecturer and self-help author
Threw a U!Shine Vienna birthday party!
Our birthday party took place at The SocialWorkHUB, Vienna’s newest, totally awesome co-working space. We’ve been renting space there for our events and office work so it seemed only natural to have our party there as well. Cafe Little Britain provided us with a stunning, mouthwatering birthday cake while the U!Shine Vienna team served U!Vie and HUB volunteers a delicious Tex-Mex meal.
Thank you all for supporting us throughout the year. We feel stronger and more able because of you and we look forward to celebrating our second year with you in 2020!
About the Author
Holly Kooi is co-founder of U!Shine Vienna and lives in Vienna with her husband and two kids. She is a certified Character Mentor, and her heart is with the refugees and those on the fringes of society. She's passionate about loving people well, writing, mental health, and good coffee. To connect with Holly, visit her blog or follow her on Instagram.