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. 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 my public school friends. 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.
What motivates 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 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 lightning 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?
Take 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! And I made each candle, one at a time using the microwave!!! Crazy to think of that now!
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.