About Us

The TWILY Story

“That’s Why I Love You”

It’s human nature to take someone or something for granted – as human beings it’s in our DNA. When something becomes commonplace, the normal attitude is to either become complacent or indeed, find flaws. This is most evident in our relationships with partners, loved ones, friends and colleagues. TWILY is designed to encourage a mindset shift and create a habit of looking for the good in others, rather than focusing on negatives.

Back in 2012 I decided to make a journal for my wife. Every day for a whole year, I would write something positive about her and the reasons I loved her. I looked for the things that touched me, or revealed attributes or characteristics that highlighted the reasons why I fell in love with her in the first place. I gave it to her for Christmas that year and she cried and said it was the best gift she had ever received.

Here’s the kicker though…

The person most affected by this gift, was me.  It is scientifically proven that when a human being expresses kindness and appreciation to another human being, it raises the serotonin levels in both people’s brains. It physiologically makes us feel better.

Writing something every day made me concentrate on my wife’s positive aspects. I was consciously looking for all the things that she was doing right, and fell deeply in love with her all over again. Maybe even more than ever, as now I was seeing the subtleties in her nature and behaviour rather than her most obvious qualities, which I took for granted every day.

So in 2013, believing that other people would be experiencing the same difficulties, myself and a close friend made a choice and started to design the first TWILY journal. We both wanted to make a difference and touch peoples lives, and TWILY, we believe, will allow us to do that on a large scale. We believe that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Too often in life we concentrate on what we need to do and where we are headed rather than appreciate where we are and who we are with, now.

As a further extension to TWILY, for a long time now, I have been fascinated how appreciation impacted individuals, relationships, teams and the corporate world. I guess on a subconscious level that’s how TWILY was born. I have found, and what a lot of large organisations already know, is that appreciation not only impacts relationships and how we feel about ourselves, but also productivity in the workplace.

…And maybe even more importantly: When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want or need?

Will you be checking your In- tray?
Will you want to drive your beautiful car?
Will you find comfort in looking over profit and loss statements?

Of course not.

What will matter, then, will be people. If relationships will matter most then, then shouldn’t they matter most now? Make no mistake, the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.

No more excuses. Send a TWILY and be the change you want to see in your relationship.

What we’re about

The TWILY Mission

TWILY’s mission is to change your mindset and how you think about your loved ones and people around you. TWILY was designed to motivate you to look for at least one positive every day. To focus on all the positives, not the negatives. We stand for making every relationship in your life a fulfilling one, where you show appreciation and kindness. We guarantee that this will improve any relationship.

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The TWILY Team

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Co-Founder

Ritchie Gibson

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Co-Founder

Ian Groom

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Marketing, Design & Branding Guru

Kylie Byrne

Ritchie spent 12 years in the Australian Army, winning awards and accreditations for outstanding service and three military medals for active duty. Now based in Brisbane Australia, he travels the country providing motivational and goal-setting solutions to corporate businesses, industry leaders and anyone wanting to improve their performance & in need of motivation. Ritchie is married to Kate and they are currently on their fifth attempt for a child through IVF. They have a furry baby and her name is Tilly.

Ian is a Londoner married to his Australian wife Penny for 12 years. They met in London and got married before moving to Brisbane (Penny’s home town) to have their children Henry, Charlie and Freddie and bring them up in Australia. Ian’s early career was spent 5 in Stockbroking before moving on to the Currency markets where he spent 15 fantastic years as a Forward FX Inter-Bank Dealer Broker. He successfully traded Deutschemark vs US Dollars until the onset of the Euro when he became one of the inaugural Forward Euro/Dollar Brokers. He retired in 2006 to move to Australia with his family and now runs a niche small business called The Concrete Scanning Company.

Kylie Byrne is the Director of Byrne Baby Byrne, a boutique agency looking after a variety of celebrities and well known identities, providing the corporate market with professional speakers. The marketing arm of the business provides holistic solutions to companies through a team of industry specialists. The premium brand ‘Byrne Baby’ services high-end clients who are looking to achieve ‘remarkable’ results within their given industry. A Graphic Designer by trade, Kylie has dedicated the past 18 years to achieving excellence in every aspect of her career. She has great attention to detail and applies this to her role as project manager within the business. Partnered with her creative flair, Kylie is passionate about delivering outstanding results for all clients. She is honoured to sit on the Live Out Loud Board and looks forward to contributing to the ongoing success of its causes.

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