When I opened up my little online shop just 18 short months ago, I never imagined what we would grow into. What began as a hobby and a dream sparked into a full-time business. With no background in business, I studied and learned from the entrepreneurs before me and combined with a will and drive to succeed, I turned Bath Body Candle Moments into a local brand.
Running a business, especially from the ground up, without any knowledge base, is incredibly challenging. I went through some major pitfalls. Yes, I lost money and time, but I gained knowledge and wisdom by listening. Instead of quitting, I chose to evolve.
I could never have received the honor of Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 without these major shifts:
- Studying from brilliant entrepreneurs who offered meaningful, insightful, invaluable feedback – Donna Marie Johnson of Indie Business Network
- Investing in a website designer who was knowledgeable and a visionary – Dean Pagliaro of eCommerceDean.
- Investing in product photography with a talented photographer with an eye for branding – Bryan Maes of Inspiration Studios.
- Being coachable and learning how to blog – Donna DeRosa of Donna DeRosa Coaching
Above all, I am humbled by my customers. My customers who not only show me such love and gratitude but who go above and beyond by sharing my products and sharing our story.
The categories I was honored in are: artisan products, community engagement and customer service, inspired storytelling, and website user experience.
I chose to make the products we offer because I know the value of the little moments of living add up to a life – a life worth living. I knew I could make something that would benefit and save the lives of animals instead of testing on them or using them as experiments. I learned how blogging about our business and offering up my knowledge to the world could help make someone else’s life better. What I didn’t realize was how many of you were watching and listening.
There are no better words to show my gratitude for your vote of confidence than simply thank you.
Thank you for believing in me, in my vision, in my artwork. Thank you for sharing in my mistakes, celebrating my joys, and sticking with me through it all. Thank you for your dedication to a cruelty-free and empty-shelter world. Thank you for giving me purpose.