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

Hi Charlie, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I used to work at Starbucks and unfortunately, the one I worked at was terrible about cross-contamination. They also used ingredients past the expiration date. I know so many people with allergies, and now that I sell food products I wanted to ensure that I never did those things to my customers. I want people to feel safe when they drink my tea and eat my honey.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have a unique situation where I create teas and honey as well as write and help other writers develop their skills!

I was part of the DFW Writer’s Workshop for a long time, and during COVID they had to move our organization to zoom. I saw so many people be able to join from all over, and circumstances that would normally make it difficult to attend were no longer an issue. Unfortunately, the workshop moved back to in-person only and I witnessed many members having to cancel their memberships.

My friend Kimberly and I started our own workshop that was virtual only. Nothing is ever easy. But we had the support from others who believed in our cause. We overcame challenges and created a valuable writing workshop with the help of our connections. The major challenge was raising the funds to pay the initial expenses of a website and Zoom membership. However, with the support from our members, this turned out to be a smaller issue than expected.

We welcome all writers, regardless of any challenges they may have with travel, health, transportation, or communication.

For my teas, it was much more difficult to get into the professional field of holistic fairs and stores that focus on a more natural way of living. I had to be wait-listed for several events, although it helped that my product was so unique. To get up on the wait list, I went out of my way to message the coordinators and network with businesses that usually had booths and product at these places.

Once I was accepted into an event, I always thanked the coordinator. If you thank the person who put it on and are friendly with them, then more often than not you’ll have a guaranteed space. Also, even if I didn’t make money at an event, I never complained. Who knows who you were complaining to? And who is to say their next event won’t be amazing now that they’ve learned from their mistakes?

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My friend would be shocked if I willingly left the house.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t have started this tea and honey business if not for my previous roommate, Ozzy Rose. They saw me playing with tea and loved them so much that they assured me over and over again that I could make a business out of it. I didn’t have the confidence in my skills, and yet seeing them enjoying my teas made me want to give it a shot.

Website: greenwitchsbrew.com

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