We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen Starks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carmen, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factors behind my success is Grit, determination and passion which is what has kept me going thus far. I took a leap of faith and relocated from Chicago to Arizona with my family. scared of what was to come and would write daily quotes to myself to stay motivated I thought that it would be amazing to touch the hearts of women all over the globe and share these quotes and daily reminders that would keep me going during hard times in hopes that it could help them too, and thats how Starks Candle Co was born. Lastly My community, the community where i was raised with little to no resources, So that women who look like me would know that it can be done.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most excited about being gifted the opportunity to uplift and encourage people with affirmation candles, there’s so much passion in doing this work. I find joy in helping others feel happy and good about themselves. Sometimes we just need a reminder in order to keep going.

I am proud of the growth of my business and the two new programs that we offer: Monthly Candle subscriptions which offers thousands of unique candle fragrances and also our corporate gifting program which customizes candles for corporate offices giving a unique touch to special events and holidays.

I have gotten to where I am today by Making many mistakes and learning from them. I would want the world to know that I am genuine and that my brand is passion led

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My Favorite Hang out spot in the city is hands down old town scottsdale, the bars and shops are so fun to visit. I always talk my family down for ice cream at the old school ice cream parlor ( Sugar Bowl) and a bite to eat.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am incredibly Thankful for my husband, I like to think of him as the calm to my storm. He supports all of my crazy Ideas and is always focused on solutions instead of problems which is what I admire most about him

Website: www.starkscandleco.com

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Image Credits
photographer: Tammy Zelez photography

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