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

Hi Rachael, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I see taking risks as a double edged sword, especially in this area (business) of my life. Spending all of my time and resources on attempting to build my brand is a huge risk. I won’t have any 401K or retirement funds to count on when that time comes. At this point in my life I have to make this happen. I am 44 years old and in many ways a little late in the game. In my mind there is no alternative option. At the same time, I feel like it would be more of a risk for me NOT to follow dreams. My self development is directly linked to me reaching my goals and dreams. If I don’t pursue this I risk missing out on seeing myself reach my full potential. That is a risk I’m not willing to take.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make and sell holistic eco-friendly skincare products. I have a strong desire to live in harmony with this beautiful planet that we are so fortunate to live on and be a part of. At the end of the day I want to be able sit back and know in my heart that I was a good ambassador of all the opportunities and resources I encountered. It’s important to me that the people who spend their money on my products are getting top quality products that are safe for them and the planet and that no animals were harmed in the making of said products. I want my products to help bring healing to people and this planet and decrease the amount of damage and destruction that is currently taking place. Currently, I sell my products through my website, local Farmer’s Market, and two indie shops. Getting to this point has been one of the most challenging ventures I have undertook. I have no blueprint to go by, no one to tell me when to clock in, what projects to complete, how to complete them or when to have them finished by. I’ve had to build structure from the ground up, learn through my own research, and the most difficult of all…manage my time by developing the self discipline it takes to be your own boss. I have learned that we are only as limited as we believe we are, that usually we are our own worst enemies and most often our mindset is the only thing truly standing in the way of us reaching our goals. A very hard lesson I learned was to not compare my journey and progress to anyone else’s. This is such a trap and was literally one the biggest roadblocks for me for some time. I saw where other people were compared to where I wanted to be and I always felt like I’d never add up. I learned to just embrace my own process and stay rooted and grounded in the present. Staying focused on my journey owning my story has kept me feeling fulfilled. It’s great to look to others for inspiration but remembering that everyone’s journey is completely different is key to staying motivated.

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 live in a small lake community located in East Texas with a population of 1,300 people give or take. The town is so small that there aren’t any traffic lights, only stop signs. It is enchanting, quaint and peaceful. Camping on the lake is one of my favorite things to do here. Before setting out on our outdoor adventure though, we will stop by Serenity Books to browse their diverse selection of used books. While there, grabbing a cup of coffee from their in-house cafe will get the trip started off right. To make the most out of being in the beautiful nature (of East Texas) we will hike into the national forest to find a soft bed of dried pine needles to lay down on and read a book we found from Serenity Books. This is so grounding and refreshing. Once back in the town to fill our hungry bellies we’ll stop by Athen’s Greek Restaurant for a generous portion of delicious Mediterranean food. For afternoon shopping a stop by my friend Samuel’s shop Lonesome Pine Home is a must do. There we can marvel over the refurbished antique furniture and unique vintage goods as well as lifestyle pieces handcrafted by my favorite local artisans, Kristen Anne Fibers and Thrō Ceramics.

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?
I can say with certainty that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support and inspiration from my parents, children and husband. My mother has always told me I could do anything I put my mind to. She has cheered me on no matter how unrealistic or unconventional my ideas and goals have been. My father was a skilled tradesman, self taught artist and woodworker. If he didn’t know how to do something he would always figure out a way to make it happen and he exceeded at almost everything he set out to do. My son’s and daughter’s positive outlooks on life have always encouraged me through my darkest times. Their wisdom beyond their years and ability to see the world from many different perspectives have open my eyes to see things in ways I couldn’t before. Their resilience has taught me to never give up. I’m very fortunate to have a husband that 100% stands behind my vision and goals. His ambition and drive are contagious to me. His tenacity is something I haven’t personally encountered before and it has inspired me dream bigger. I’m extremely grateful to have a family that stands behind me and supports me chasing after my dreams.

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