Why not turn the tables? I asked my customers to throw some questions my way, my answers likely providing a better glimpse into what lights my fire, instead of me writing a typical “about me” paragraph!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For the longest time, I wanted to be a librarian. No, not just so I could take my hair out of a bun to stun everyone with my sudden sexiness. I have always loved reading....and am a control freak by nature, so what career could be more perfect? At one point, I even labelled all of my books and “signed them out” to friends (which is OBVIOUSLY the way to become super popular when you start high school). It was the "being quiet thing" that eventually made me come to terms with the fact that this wouldn’t be a good fit for me. I like talking MUCH too much and I’m sure the daily silence would have driven me insane. However, now that I am thinking about this, as a mother with two young kids, I should really look into a PART-TIME library position, the silence one day a week would most definitely be beneficial.
Who inspires you?
My children. Ya ya I know, typical answer. But hear me out. When I see my son’s love of learning, his inquisitive and creative nature, it reminds me that these feelings never have to stop. We don’t have to grow up, get a job and then just start living each day the same, there is always room to grow. When I see my daughter’s love of performing (she’s five but will turn anything into a stage), her feisty and adventurous nature, it reminds me the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. That is truly where the magic happens. I would never want her sparkle to diminish, so why would I let mine dull? Kids can really teach us so much if we just take the time to listen.
What is the one skill/talent that you have that you’re most proud of?
Hands down it is making people laugh. Nothing makes me feel better. And I often feel like a semi-genius when I am totally on the ball with quick wit. I may not have aced Calculus in high school, but the neurotransmitters in my brain can often fire off jokes at lightening speed and that’s good enough for me. Plus, I know the word neurotransmitters and that has to count for something as well.
What is your favourite thing to do each day?
Taking my bra off. End of story.
What was the first candle you made?
I started with a line of three: Mom Life, All the Coffee and Positive Vibes Only!
How do you get so much done?
I get asked this often because I currently still have a "day job"....though through the success of Arrow It Forward, I was able to take 3 months off this past summer and I got a taste of the true entrepreneurial life! I am a mom of two (ages 8 and 5), a wife of a shift-working husband, and a full-time employee...add on candlemaker and things can get a bit cray cray at times! I still feel like I read a book when I want to, enjoy time out with friends etc, but I certainly don't binge watch HGTV anymore!! It's all about prioritizing and fitting it in when you can. My business is a true passion, so I just get it done!
What is the meaning behind the name?
It's a nod to both the "pay it forward" concept and the well-known quote that "an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming."
My journey began with blogging, which lead to me featuring women entrepreneurs who had boldly followed their dreams. I felt like I was finally on the right path, that I was following my arrow, and I wanted to inspire others to do the same. My business morphed into making products that mean something to me, I have so much fun coming up with names and descriptions and seeing people get a chuckle out of my sarcastic sense of humour.
Thank you for following along on my journey, choosing Arrow It Forward for gift-giving (especially to treat yourself!) and for all of the likes, comments and shares on social media....word of mouth immensely helps a growing business!! The support is so very much appreciated.