Where did I get it?
After I was thrown into the unexpected realms of redundancy from my job in corporate land of 15 years, with only 2 weeks’ notice, the decision to work for myself didn’t take long. It was something I always wanted to do and I worked out that I’d provide virtual business support to the insurance industry but what should I call my business?
I spent ages brain storming ideas and names with myself and came up with lots of ideas. I’d decide “yep I like that” and do the research only to find that someone else had registered a business under that name and so I’d be back to the drawing board. This happened quite a few times. I tried play on words and even registered the name Virtjul. I then decided I didn’t like that and considered just using my name like many other VA’s Julia Reedshaw Virtual Assistant. Too boring and too obvious. I’d also read though the downside with that is that if you decide to sell your business then no one would want to buy it!!
I quickly wrote off that idea as I wanted something that had meaning. Something that I hoped would grab attention, not just by the name but also a name I could apply to a logo that would hopefully build a strong personal brand and sit with my own personal values.
purple violet virtual assistance was born
Eventually the penny dropped! Watching some trash tv one night, probably Emmerdale, it came to me! I had to play around a little with it but I got there and purple violet virtual assistance was born!
The name was right under my nose, so to speak. Simple as it is purple is my favourite colour and always has been for as long as I can remember and Violet is the flower that represents the month I was born – February!!!! Violet also happens to be the name of my late Great Grandma and therefore it carries very personal and emotional sentiment.
What I also love about the Violet as a flower is it has heart shaped leaves. I love hearts. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a bit of a romantic but I just love hearts!!! You will find hearts represented everywhere in my life. They hang in my home, a lot of my jewellery has hearts on it, I have clothes with hearts on too and when I doodle I doodle hearts!!!
The Ancient Greeks actually considered the Violet a symbol of fertility and love; they used it in love potions!!!
It was just meant to be!
I began to look a bit deeper to establish the meaning behind the flower and colour purple. I found so many things that just aligned with my personality. It was just meant to be!! By now I loved the name and was sticking with it anyway.
Violets are described as “inspiring symbols rising above challenges”. Violets thrive in the toughest conditions and bring dignity and power to humble places. Well for those of you that know me, you’ll know that the last 6 years of my life has seen some major challenges and I think this represents just that. The challenges I have faced in the past have made me stronger, allowing me to deal with those at hand.
The colour purple has origins tied to royalty and ceremony and purple flowers not only represent dignity but pride and success. Violet/purple is a magical colour which also represents by my birth stone Amethyst. Bringing a feeling of romance it also is great for calming the nerves and lifting your mood. It symbolises spirituality and is commonly associated with signs of wealth and elegance. It also represents vibrant creativity, believed to influence and encourage us to show empathy and love seeking dignity and self-respect.
Reading all this, just reconfirmed to me I had made the right choice. The most important representation of it’s meaning though is faithfulness, loyalty and watchfulness.
Some interesting stuff about the colour purple
- Purple was the colour of the first dye made by man. It was called “Mauveine” and was made out of coal tar. The recipe was discovered by William Henry Perkin in 1856.
- Purple represents the planet Jupiter.
- February is the month associated with the colour purple and the birthstone for those born is February is amethyst.
- Purple Stones: Amethyst, Ametrine, Sugilite, Lavender Jade, Selenite, Iolite, Lavender Quartz, Lepidolite
- The Byzantine emperor signed edicts in purple ink.
- Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light The purple light of stained glass.
- In 1999, formal Moral Majority spokesman Reverend Jerry Farwell came out publicly against the children’s show Teletubbies. believed that its character “Tinky-Winky” was gay, stating that he was purple – the colour of gay pride – and that his antennae was a triangle – the symbol of gay pride.
- The poem “Warning” by English poet Jenny Joseph begins with the line “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…” The poem and its famous purple line has become a tongue-in-cheek reference to a woman’s struggle with aging.
- Purple is the colour of Madison Square Garden and seating for VIP’s was once covered in purple.
- Purple is the colour of the highest denomination poker chip = $5,000
- During the Silver Age of comic books, those with purple on their covers sold better.
- In stained glass, the colour purple or violet is seen as uniting the “wisdom” of blue and the “love” of red. It symbolises justice and royalty.
- The “Purple Orchid Three” is a sweet potato grown by its Hainan developers from seeds. It was taken into space in 2005 on China’s “Shenzhou VI” rocket