Meet Lauren | Scentsy Independent Consultant

Remember Margaret? My friend that you met in my last blog post? Well, Lauren, Margaret and I all worked together waaaayyy back in the day. Lauren is now an independent consultant for Scentsy. You've seen those cute little wax warmers, right? They have other items like bath bombs and car air fresheners and they smell delicious! 

Before we get to Lauren's interview, just for fun, I'm going to throw in some flashbacks. These are circa 2009. 

Lauren, tell us about your family. 

I have been married 10 years and have a wonderful 9 year old son. 

Lauren Holm - Scentsy Consultant, Columbia SC

What are five things that bring you JOY?

My son & family
My dogs
Beach
Scentsy
Shopping

Lauren Holm - Scentsy Consultant, Columbia SC

What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a vet and a astronaut. 

 

If money weren’t a problem, what you spend your days doing?

I'd be at the beach or traveling with my son. 

Lauren Holm, Scentsy Consultant - Columbia SC

Tell us about your business and how you got started with Scentsy?

I got started with Scentsy a year ago. I love the smell of fruits, floral, desserts, etc., anything good. I have 2 boys in the house and 2 dogs, so Scentsy helps make it smell amazing. They offer so many other products. I don't have many friends and since I've joined Scentsy I have made so many new friends. It help me get out of my shell and meet new people. I have friends all over the US thanks to Scentsy. 

 

What do you enjoy most about being a Scentsy Consultant?

I really enjoy sharing the products with people. I want them to smell something that reminded them of a family memory, their childhood, grandparents, etc. It's just something to bring joy to others.

 

What motivates you?

My family and competition motivates me. I like to be competitive with myself and set goals each week. When given a task I go above and beyond and try and make it the best I can - like being able to provide for my son. When I make commission, it goes toward things like paying for his soccer uniforms or new shoes. The $99 I paid to sign up with Scentsy has changed my life. 

 

What is your biggest struggle as a business owner?

Clients. I am not pushy and to make money you need to have your clients order products, but I share the samples and then I leave the ball in their court. I have not yet done a home party and that is a goal I have for myself this year.

If you would like to learn more about Scentsy and their products you can join Lauren's FB group HERE or visit her website HERE. Lauren is giving away a wall plug in warmer & a bar of wax as part of the grand prize for the Hello, Summer Giveaway. There are only a few hours left to enter, so you better hurry up so you don't miss out on your chance to win that AWESOME prize package!!

 

peace,

Claire

Bonjour, Margaret! | A Special Thread, Sumter SC

Margaret & I go wayyyy back. About 12 years to be exact. Long ago, we were co-workers and we had a great time cutting up together. Margaret is one of a kind and I wish so much that she didn't always live so far away. It's not THAT far away, but it's far enough away that as we get older and busier, it's harder to get together. Margaret is a special ed teacher. Has been ever since I've known her. She recently started a little hobby on the side and has turned it into a hoppin' little business. This girl is so talented. I wish I could sew even just the tiniest bit as good as she does. Keep reading to learn more about the great MZP. 

 

Tell us about your family. 

My husband, 2 dogs and I live in Sumter, SC.  We’ve just celebrated our 3rd anniversary. Rick is military and I am a Special Education teacher, which is how my business got it's name. I'm a Special Ed teacher and A Special Thread maker. So much of my heart and pride goes into both.

Margaret Pinsker - A Special Thread, Sumter SC

What are five things that bring you JOY?

1.    Teaching Special Education and seeing that light of understanding turn on in a child.
2.    Sewing - My grandmother was a seamstress and I wish I had taken an interest earlier and learned more from her.  She had a closet full of fabric that I didn’t understand when I was a kid...Now I wish I had a closet for my fabric. 
3.    Swimming - There are days when I think nothing feels better than floating and swimming in a pool.
4.    Spending time with my best friend, my mom. I love showing off my sewing to her and making her proud.
5.    Clemson Football - Going to games and watching football with my dad was my favorite way of bonding with him. 

 

What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid?

As a child, all I ever remember wanting to do is become a special education teacher. I just finished my 13th year of doing just, and am looking forward to year 14.

 

If money weren’t a problem, what you spend your days doing?

I would spend all of my time buying fabric, sewing, and swimming. 

Margaret Pinsker - A Special Thread, Sumter SC

Tell us about your business and how you became an entrepreneur. 

I began sewing as a hobby after having surgery and being out of work for 3 months.  I enjoyed it so much, and was so proud that I was making things from scratch.  I decided I wanted to share my talent, and began embroidering for friends at school and physical therapy.  My wonderful husband encouraged me to start a Facebook page, and I am planning to open an Etsy shop this summer. 

 

What is your biggest struggle as a business owner?

Balancing time as a full time special education teacher and wanting to make and sew all the things that I want

 

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I have to reorganize my fabric and craft room on a daily basis.  Although I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to creating beautiful things, I am very messy in the process.

 

What motivates you?

The hope that someone who buys or receives my handmade items will be elated and feel like they have gotten something special. 

Margaret is giving away an embroidered patch hat in the Hello, Summer! GIVEAWAY. You can check out her other items on her Facebook Page: A Special Thread & in her Etsy Shop

Thanks for joining us for this edition of MEET YOUR LOCAL LADY ENTREPRENEURS. As always, if you haven't entered the GIVEAWAY yet, you can do that HERE. See you next time!

 

Sayonara!

Claire

Hello, Bailey! | Columbia SC Massage Therapist

I met Bailey a few years ago when we were both working for Bella Baby. Bailey went a different direction from photography and pursued her education to be a massage therapist. She is now the owner of The Supine Studio. When I tell you that Bailey has magic hands - I am not lying. This girl has some serious talent. She was born to use those hands to help people. 

 

Tell us about your family. 

Sam and I met in high school. We both went to college in the Upstate (Converse and Wofford!). We live with our two-furkids: Elsa and Cesare. We usually veg out in during the week after work. Weekends are for family time; we go to the Soda City Market, or the zoo, or just around town. 

Bailey Rotenberry - The Supine Studio Columbia SC

What are five things that bring you JOY?

1-    Vacations to Disney World.
2-    Super crispy bacon. 
3-    A hot mug of cider. 
4-    An empty laundry basket.
5-    A hammock at the beach.

 

What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid?

I’ve had a lot of “when I grow up” dreams (and still do) but the very first one came from reading Horrible Harry in second grade. I wanted to be a NASA astronaut just like Sally Ride.

Bailey Rotenberry - The Supine Studio, Columbia SC

If money weren’t a problem, what you spend your days doing?

Go back to school for a degree in physical therapy. Travel more with the fur-kids in tow. And I would still work with clients.

Bailey Rotenberry - The Supine Studio, Columbia SC

Tell us about your business and how you became an entrepreneur. 

My massage business focuses on pain management, especially upper body pain. Many of my clients come in with migraines, back pain, and carpel tunnel symptoms. We go through very in-depth consults before and after each session. This style of work simply does not fit into the spa environment.  As I began advanced training, I realized that I needed more time to consult with clients. There are layers of dysfunction accumulating into intense pain. As we chipped away each layer, I realized I needed more advance training to meet their long-term goals. 

Being an entrepreneur came out of need. I need to be able to take time off to travel for these classes regularly. I also need more time available to access clients’ needs and educate them on self-care. Self-care allows clients to have more pain-free days between sessions. I was not going to continue to meet client needs working at a spa.

 

What do you enjoy most about working for yourself?

Freedom. I can structure sessions the way each client needs them. I take time off when my body needs it—massage therapy is a very physical job. I block off time to take classes with some of the greatest therapists. 

Photo by  Karly Richardson

What motivates you?

My mother instilled in me the desire to always improve. She has limited mobility in her hips. She began using massage therapy three years ago to help with the pain. When I opened my studio, I took over her sessions personally. I want to do more than just decrease her daily pain;  I want to increase hip mobility so she can walk without assistance or discomfort. I’m continuously looking for more information and techniques to progress her mobility further.  Each client who comes to me inspires me to learn more about his or her condition and find techniques to fit their needs.

 

What is your biggest struggle as a business owner?

Time management. When you work for someone else, you show up, work, and get paid. When you own your business, the buck stops with you. You need to manage your time well so you can do everything you need without feeling overwhelmed. It’s a skill you have to constantly improve. 

Photo by  Karly Richardson

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am just as much of a lazy bum as everyone else. Sometimes I forget to drink water—my clients know I’m always asking about their water intake and talking about the importance of hydration. Sometimes I don’t even do my daily stretches, and then wonder why my back hurts. 

 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Having a career I’m passionate about. I can talk for days about muscles, pain patterns, posture, orthopedic massage... The list goes on. The human body is an amazing collection of systems. It’s so resilient.

Bailey Rotenberry - The Supine Studio, Columbia SC

What piece of advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own business?

It’s okay to mess up. You’re not going to get everything right. There are going to be things you didn’t prepare for. You’re going to need to ask for help. Just keep trying because the rewards are well worth the challenge. 

Now, that you've learned a little something about Bailey, I strongly encourage you to go to her website and click on BOOK NOW to schedule your massage. I PROMISE that you will not regret it.

The winner of the Hello, Summer! Giveaway will receive a 90 MINUTE!!! massage by Bailey. Go enter HERE.  

 

See you next time!

Claire