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

Hi Crystal, what role has risk played in your life or career?
There is no reward without risk. The catalyst to the most impactful decisions in my life has occurred due to me stepping outside of my comfort zone and doing something completely foreign to me. Whether it be starting my candle business out of scratch and learning a completely different skillset or bombing down a mountain teaching myself how to snowboard at the age of 32; a little bit of fear and risk helps you to grow and push through uncomfortable times.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My formal education is in physical fitness. I have a BS in Kinesiology and a MA in Exercise Science. My passion has always been to empower others through physical fitness which inspired me to open On The Move Home Fitness, my personal training company. Then covid happened and just like many others, I found myself with extra time on my hands. In order to keep myself grounded during these times of uncertainty, I started making candles as a creative and expressive outlet, and lo’ and behold I found myself in the midst of creating Light of Mine Candle Supply. Because of my personal philosophy, it was necessary and important to craft a candle that wasn’t harmful to myself or the environment. My candles are vegan, organic, sustainable, and free of harmful chemicals (carcinogens, toxins, and mutagens). I’m excited to provide individuals a clean option that they can enjoy in their homes.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love outdoor activities so we would definitely visit Mount Lemmon and after a long hike/enjoy a dessert from the bakery on top. I would take them on a scenic hike at one of Tucson’s many hiking trails like Sabino Canyon or Agua Caliente. U of A has a beautiful campus, so we would go longboarding around the campus. For casual dining, my favorite restaurant is Mr. Ken’s Bar-b-que and for a night out I would go to either Wild Garlic or the Hub in downtown Tucson.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As the old African adage says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I haven’t had any successes in my life without the help, love, and support of my friends and family: from my mother always encouraging me to try new activities and committing to my engagements even when I lost interest, to most recently, my husbands supporting my launching of LOM Candles.

Website: www.lomcandles.com
Instagram: LOMCandles
Facebook: LOM Candles

Image Credits
Photographer: Wilson and Henry Photography

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