We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitie Scoggins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaitie, what principle do you value most?
One of my core values, and a value I look for in others, is integrity. As a woman of God, wife, mother, and small business owner, it is important to me that I am a person of integrity in each of these areas of my life. Integrity to me goes hand-in-hand with striving to be a reflection of Christ daily. Jesus Christ is true, genuine, reliable, and trustworthy- he is the perfect example of someone with integrity. Although I do my best, I still make many mistakes and fall short because I am a broken human. I am so thankful for the grace of our loving Father whose mercies are new every morning.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create custom jewelry out of 14k gold filled and sterling silver material. Most department stores sell gold plated jewelry, which easily tarnishes and chips. My jewelry can be worn in the shower and for years to come without tarnishing or causing skin irritation. I also value the importance of affordable, beautiful pieces, which is why I strive to keep my prices low for my customers. I got to where I am today, running a small business with a brand new website, through prayers and the support and encouragement of my family. I practiced and became more comfortable with my skill, which led me to launch and begin selling my pieces. My prayers were answered as I realized that others enjoyed my work. The name of my business, “sip of my soul” was first used for a blog that I started in college. It was an anonymous blog, so I used it as a way to write out my thoughts and feelings freely. When I started that blog I was struggling to feel like my life had purpose, and my words written there were done so in the midst of severe depression and anxiety. Over 3 years later, my heart and soul have been transformed by our God, so it makes me happy to repurpose this title to represent something beautiful. The logo also has meaning, as it consists of a white dove to represent my Peepaw who passed away in 2013. I rarely ever saw him without his gold chain around his neck, and I know he would think this business of mine is pretty cool. Seeing the dove reminds me of the joy my Peepaw embodied, which is what I hope my pieces bring to those who order from me.
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?
The list of fun and exciting things to do in DFW could go on and on. My husband and I like to take one another on fun-filled dates around Christmas time, and last year the day I planned for him was DFW-based. We started with some coffee from Brewed, then made our way to the Dallas Aquarium, and wrapped up our day with dinner at MASH’D. The aquarium was completely different than I was expecting, and incredibly cool! I highly recommend making a trip there if you’re in the area. I cannot wait to take our six month old son there soon. If you go to MASH’D, make sure to get the buffalo chicken fries!
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?
My small business would have remained a dream if it had not been for the Lord answering prayers and for the support and encouragement of my loving family. All glory be to God. To my husband- thank you for the hugs and “you got this” when I wanted to quit and for reminding me that it is okay to “try again tomorrow”, mama & sis- thank you for nurturing the spark of my idea until it became a flame and for constantly helping me improve, to my son- you’re my “why.” Of course, thank you to my customers who always share the kindest words about my product which inspires me to continue to create. I love you all plus the many others who have helped me along the way. It truly takes a village.
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