We had the good fortune of connecting with Narvia McDaniel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Narvia, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The most important decision I have ever made in regards to my business and my life is to continue to stay true to myself and my definition of success, no matter what. And to never give up on myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My name is Narvia McDaniel. I am 54 years old. I am The Candle Chef. When I set out to recreate my candle business I wasn’t sure what I would do. I just wanted to honor the memory of my mom and establish the boutique style business that she wanted so much. She loved sweets and hosting teas for the homeless and battered women. I believe we are all born set apart, we just have to live it out. I think that’s what sets me a part. I am not the only one that creates candles, but I am the only ME. I am most excited and proud of the fact that a portion of the proceeds allows me to give to causes that are very important to me such as cancer and domestic violence abuse survivors and the homeless. These are things that help me feel that I am doing my part to keep my family legacy alive. Doing my part to give back to my community. It is not always easy. Truthfully, I don’t always know what, where, how or when, but I keep trusting and learning. I overcome challenges by keeping it simple. Keeping myself honest about my WHY, not comparing myself with others and always cheering for and being genuinely happy for others successes! Some lessons that I’ve learned are respect for self and others goes a long way. Stay true to yourself. Work in your values, but don’t expect everyone to understand or support. Appreciate everyone that comes across your path, blessing or lesson. I want everyone to understand that I am truly doing something that I love! I live and work by inspiration and faith. Please don’t expect normal from me. I hope that you “un-do” normal too. I want people to know that you can start over, and or change the direction of your life no matter your age and or current situation and know that there is always someone watching you and being inspired by what you are doing and by who you are becoming.
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?
I laughed out loud when I read this question. Right now, we are staying in the house. I have never been the type to go out a lot. I would ask my friend what they would like to do and we would look up some places to go. When I do go outside it’s hunting, fishing hiking. So if they are into that, we hooking up the boat and hitting nearby lake. Things we can do are visit some of our amazing outdoor parks. Visit the world aquarium, visit the arboretum, visit AT&T stadium, check out the Ft. Worth Zoo and there are just too many food places to list, Tupelo Honey Frisco, Hash House A Go Go Plano, we gone go to a Dennys or Waffle House, don’t judge me. LOL Then my personal chef will cook for them.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The McDaniel Touch is created from life experiences gained from my family, (past) especially my grandparents, aunts and uncles and was established in memory of my mom after her passing in 2017. I would like to shout out to my daughters Starjai and Nicole. I don’t do this for them. I do this because of them. I want them to know anything is possible and that they have choices. I would also like to thank my Pastor and church family for their acceptance and support. Pastor David Roberson and One Family Fellowship. I would also like to shout out to the many entrepreneurs and friends that have spoken an encouraging word and or showed support by sharing my work (too many to name) I just want everyone to know that I appreciate them.
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Other: firstname.lastname@example.org (214)772-3105 i love text messages You can visit me in person every Sunday from 10-2 at the Carrollton Farmers Market 2722 N. Josey Ln 75007 contact me to make sure market isn’t canceled due to weather or other conditions.