Spirit, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Many of us entrepreneurs have a start-up story; my start-up story and why I created my line of aromatic body oils came quite frankly by happenstance. I move by day in the Workforce Development Program Initiatives with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. I love the work that I do. I consider myself an altruistic person whose natural inclination is to be of service but my internal passion comes from being creative.
Some start-up stories sound like a fairytale but mine does not. I’ve always had a side-hustle as a single mom and “solopreneur” but it drastically changed in 2012 when I developed an auto-immune disorder that challenged me beyond my own comprehension. A true blessing wrapped in disguise. An illness that came out of nowhere and at the time robbed me of all the amazing and widely creative things I did like designing jewelry with a celebrity clientele. I had to push through the rubble of despair where little light showed a true diamond in the rough; Gem Scents Aromatics, Made With Powerful Intention, was birthed from just that.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s interesting how things can unfold in our lives and if you lose one thing oftentimes something else greater appears. Well, for me it was my gift of scent. I’ve always had it but it became more heightened from the aftermath of my illness. At the time I was so vulnerable but I knew I had to uncover something greater within me to keep going. While in the early stages of my illness I had to relearn some things and one of the things that were challenging when I did begin mixing and blending body oils to sell in 2014 or so on a small scale, was my vision. The trepidation and embarrassment were huge but eventually, I got over it, I had to.
I discovered that vulnerability definitely takes courage and within that, I learned to dare greatly, I took a workshop with Brene Brown, which helped me navigate in insurmountable ways. Fear and doubt have a way of immobilizing us and for me, it was no different. I also studied under my brother, Michael Bernard Beckwith who’s a world-renown spiritual leader, author, and teacher. I studied with many spiritual masters and what I’ve come to know that FEAR (False Ego Appearing Real) has no place in my world. So, needless to say, I had tools to help me along my journey of uncovering my purpose and mindful intentions.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m the owner and creator of Gem Scents Aromatics a beautiful line of pure aromatic body oils made from high-quality essential oils, exotic imported oils, and superior uncut oils from around the globe! These intoxicating aromatic body oils are the Perfect Perfume Alternative! Gem Scents Aromatics was created for those who love natural aromas that complement their “SCENT” style sense leaving a lasting impression (literally)! Scent is one of our strongest senses linked to memory and emotion it’s also one of our most sensitive of senses, which is why I love creating a scent experience for my customers. Aromatic body oils complement the body’s chemistry to create a unique body scent.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
It’s a great time to be a small business owner especially for women in business and even more so being here in the Metro area. The opportunities to explore and discover your brand niche are endless. I’m originally from Southern California born and raised and my business platform is e-commerce driven but I find being connected here gives me the advantage of not being a “small fish in a big pond,” even though we’re growing!