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

Hi Kristin, let’s start by having you share some wisdom with us. What advice would you give to a friend facing insurmountable odds?
Everything is going to be okay. No matter how impossible things may seem I always remind myself that I can and I will overcome what is ahead of me. Humans, in general, are incredibly strong and we are all a lot stronger than we think. My advice for someone facing (seemingly) insurmountable odds is to break it down and take things one step at a time or one day at a time. I am a big fan of lists, time blocking, and mind maps. When I find myself buried in work or dealing with something that is so great and so challenging that I don’t even know where to begin in figuring it out or getting it done the first thing I do is breathe. Then I break it down into sections or tasks that are more manageable. I celebrate every completed step and task to keep myself motivated and remind myself that I’m making progress. If after breaking things down into sections, I still feel overwhelmed or I can visually see there is not enough time in the day for me to do this alone…I ask for help. Asking for help has never been my strong suit, but over time I have come to realize that somethings you just can’t do on your own. When it comes to starting and running your own business I always tell people that it doesn’t have to happen overnight and you don’t necessarily need to have a specific plan or large sum of money saved before getting started. When I started making candles it was simply a hobby. I didn’t have thousands of dollars saved up to invest and I didn’t have a business plan. All I knew was that I wanted to make my own candles and I wanted those candles to burn slowly and evenly down to the last drop of wax and fill my whole house with an amazing aroma. I started by buying small amounts of wicks and wax and oils for $20 and as friends and family asked for more candles I spent maybe $50 on larger amounts of supplies. As demand increased so did my income and I used that income to purchase more supplies to meet the demand. It was a very organic cycle and I’ve continued to follow that cycle as my business has grown. It’s all about baby steps, taking things one day at a time, and trusting that no matter what I can and I will persevere. My grandfather used to always tell me to “proceed with vim and vigor” and I can hear him saying that whenever I feel discouraged or exhausted. It drives me to keep going and never give up on my dreams. 🙂

What should our readers know about your business?
All of our candles are handcrafted using natural soy wax, pure cotton wicks, and top of the line essential oils and fragrance oils. The candles burn cleanly and evenly down to the last drop of wax so it’s easy to clean and repurpose our 100% pure copper and natural wood vessels after the candles burn. Think Moscow Mule Mugs, succulent planters, coffee cups, office and bathroom organizers, etc. etc. The options are endless and every candle comes with instructions on how to clean and reuse the vessel. When I started making candles back in 2015 it was just a fun weekend hobby. I never could have imagined that within a few short years my candles would be sold in over 300 resorts, spas, salons, and boutiques all over the country. It wasn’t easy and I’ve definitely had my fair share of bad days and sleepless nights working away at the studio, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love making candles and I love working with my hands every day creating products that customers will love and enjoy and share with their family and friends. I am constantly challenged and learn something new every day. I look at obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow. I am so grateful for all of my failures because they have shaped me into the person I am today. With the support of my family, my friends, and fellow business owners I know I can continue to grow my business and my brand into something really incredible. There is no end to the possibilities when you are passionate and truly love what you do and have the team behind you to help encourage, challenge, and motivate you along the way.

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?
Eat: Welcome Diner, Cibo, Glai Baan, Chelsea’s Kitchen Drink: Undertow, Gracie’s Tax Bar, Century Grand Visit: Antelope Canyon, Sedona, Botanical Gardens Hang out: poolside at any resort in Phoenix or Scottsdale – Biltmore Hotel, Mountain Shadows, Valley Ho, Royal Palms, Phoenician Resort, Camelback Inn.

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?
To my family and friends that have always supported and encouraged me to “proceed with vim and vigor”.

Website: www.vimandvigorcandleco.com
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