The Introverted Chick included "Books to the Ceiling" in February Theme
This month we had the privilege of joining some great brands to be a part of the February "I Heart Books!" theme for The Introverted Chick. The Introverted Chick is a monthly subscription box that celebrates the art of canceling plans and staying home. Each lifestyle box includes cool, interesting, usable items to make Introverted Women smile. When Sarah reached out to me about including our Book to the Ceiling candle, I knew we'd be a perfect match! I am 100% introvert!
Each month you’ll get at least 5-7 cool, interesting, usable items.
It’s a celebration of solitude, coziness, quirkiness, and staying home.
Doesn't that sound amazing?! Combine that with a love of books, and I am there for it. Sarah Alleman, the Chick in Charge, lives in Lexington, KY. Over the years, she has grown to serving daily doses of Solitude & Quiet Attitude to a community of 100K+ followers. We instantly hit if off, as we are both INTJ. "INTJ" refers to one of 16 personality types. Getting to know your personality type can be fun and challenging, but there are some straight-forward tests to help you get started.
Sarah kindly asked that I also participate in Meet the Maker for February as well. I wanted to share her questions and answers her with you all. They touch on some history of the candle company, what it's like for me to an introverted woman owning a business, and a tips for others out introverted women in business.
Meet Your Maker by The Introverted Chick
Q: How long have you had your own business? And why did you choose candles?
I was actually working full-time as a Business Systems Analyst for a small software start-up when I first started making candles about four years ago. I spent all day in front of the computer. It was mentally and socially exhausting. I wanted something therapeutic outside of work to do with my hands, and that led me to making candles. Looking back now, I realize that making candles was also my chance to have time to myself and re-energize. It started small with craft shows and selling to friends and family. Next thing I know, the candles are doing very well online. About a year ago, the software company was acquired. The timing was great, and I made the choice to run with the candle company.
Q: What tip(s) do you have for another Introverted Chick wanting to start her own business?
Go for it. “Stepping outside of the bubble” is challenging, but the rewards of owning your own business are definitely worth it. Know when you need to take a break to re-energize, do that, and then get back to being awesome. From a business perspective, the best thing I picked up early is don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s end. They have spent years getting to where they are. You are just getting started. It’s easy to want to take on everything you see those around you doing, but it’s not realistic. As you come up with new ideas or see things competitors are doing, think about if that fits in to your year one, year two, year three and so on.
It’s easy to want to take on everything you see those around you doing, but it’s not realistic. As you come up with new ideas or see things competitors are doing, think about if that fits in to your year one, year two, year three and so on.
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have about Introverts?
Q: As an Introvert, do you know your MBTI? Anything you want to share about it?
I relate most closely to INTJ. A friend recently shared an article with me titled “6 Things Intjs Wish You Knew About Them (But They Probably Won’t Say)” by Andrew Solo. He writes, “Basically, if you cross a samurai style code of honor with the idealism of Gandhi and then give it imposter syndrome, you have a working model of the INTJ’s emotional core.” Yes. Yes, that’s me.
“Basically, if you cross a samurai style code of honor with the idealism of Gandhi and then give it imposter syndrome, you have a working model of the INTJ’s emotional core.”
Q: On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you think about being an Introvert? How much does your Introversion impact your life? Your business?
I think about being an introvert and what that means daily. It is a huge part of who I am and how I am able to interact with my customers and my team. Over the years, I have spent a good amount of time learning and understanding what it means to be an introvert with my specific personality type. The biggest thing that I have learned is to not be hesitant to let others know what I know about myself and to take the time getting to know others’ personality traits as well. The more both of these are understood and communicated together, the smoother things will go.
The biggest thing that I have learned is to not be hesitant to let others know what I know about myself and to take the time getting to know others’ personality traits as well. The more both of these are understood and communicated together, the smoother things will go.
Q: Can you share the next big thing for Highland Bluff Studio? What can we expect to see in 2019 and beyond?
This year we had the major undertaking of purchasing and renovating a studio space. We started operating in the new space in early-November. It has been great to have a large, comfortable space to work in. As we get settled in, we are looking forward to focusing on continuously releasing new products.
Q: What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?
It’s always hard to pick an absolute favorite, so I’ll give my most recent favorite read - Artemis by Andy Weir. It’s definitely a re-read.
Plan some time of solitude
Spending time alone is not only good for Introvert, but Extroverts as well. No matter which, strive to know your personality and the personality of those around you. There are many choices within our natural soy candles for nerds that will help make your days, nights, and evening of solitude a little more cozy. Don't forget to grab your latest read!