The story behind my brand SHYFT begins many years ago and has a lot to do with the two images you see below. Can you guess how they are connected?

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Breaking down cultural barriers - Raihanaty A Jalil as Guest "Living Book" in Melville Times

If you have no idea, it’s okay; I won’t hold it against you. But if you were about to say, “Sporty Cars”, you are Spot On! You see, I must confess that I do have a bit of a thing about Sleek Sporty Cars… My first car was actually an ’83 Corolla Hatch that I got for $900 while I was in my last years of high school, but my first Dream Car that I had the pleasure of owning was a ’92 Honda Civic Sedan (fully done up off course). When I set eyes on him that first time back in 2007, it truly was Love At First Sight…

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We had many adventures, he and I, and we both grew a lot together, undergoing many changes both internally and externally…

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But as the old adage goes, “All good things must come to an end,” and sadly in 2010, I was forced to make the tough decision to let him go…

Meanwhile, the time I purchased my Civic in 2007 was also the time I landed my dream job with a national community organisation, a job that was not only rewarding but fulfilling, working with youth from refugee backgrounds, coaching them on life skills in an Australian context, while also collaborating with councils and organisations including City of Belmont, City of Gosnells, Centrecare, and ASeTTS to develop and deliver workshops and programs to address the needs of our shared clientele. But as time went by, it was almost as if my experience with my Civic became a reflection of my experience with my career – my work became more and more demanding and physically and mentally draining that it began affecting my health, (while my Civic was becoming more and more aged internally and required frequent ‘medical attention’ with my mechanic).

When the costs to look after my health (and the health of my Civic) became too much of a burden, a tough decision needed to be made for the sake of my mental, physical and financial well being – to let both my career and my car go, in hopes of New Opportunities in the future; to make a SHYFT after being stuck in the same gear for too long, and take a chance by first moving into reverse to consider a new direction, before launching forward again with newfound force on the road to greater fulfilment and abundance.

It took a couple of years of trying a lot of random things before a clearer vision took form in the brand I am proud to name SHYFT – which embodies what I believe many of us experience in life, when we come to those moments when we must SHYFT from stagnation – and use our reason “Y” that fuels us to keep persisting and believing in the possibilities of finding greater fulfilment and attracting more abundance in our life.


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Raihanaty A Jalil | Founder at SHYFT