We had the good fortune of connecting with Shardae Walker-Simpkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shardae, how does your business help the community?
A Hippie Place Shop has provided women both locally and nationwide with an oasis and safe space for holistic healing through teachings. Each teaching is drawn from personal & professional experience to show others how to live holistically while inspiring and teaching them how to take charge of their own wellness with joy, intention, and mindfulness. All of the products carried in the online holistic shop are all hand made with love and care to further support our mission for empowerment, education and liberation. For us, self-care is more than a radical concept—it’s a lifestyle commitment. Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets my business apart from others is that I take pride and joy in not only selling products that help heal the body but also educating others on ways to help heal themselves and maintain great health through dietary changes, gut health, mindfulness, & herbs..instead of being totally dependent on my products long term. I am most proud that even in increase of business that I take great strides in being sure that I continue to be very personable and relatable, I want my customers to always have the courage and the confidence to reach out to me and ask as many questions as they need to. Growing up and even into adulthood I always battled with heavy, painful periods and the only advice I’d ever get was to put myself on birth control. Birth control wasn’t an option for me so I began to find ways to help heal myself naturally through studying herbs and holistic teachings. After a year I was able to control my menstrual cycle and it’s symptoms through herbs, inner work, and dietary changes, I became motivated to educate other women on how to help heal themselves too. Although I’d had the ability, the knowledge, and the dream to help women years prior to the pandemic, I began doubting myself and downplaying the work that I’d done to educate myself and so many others, so holistic health took a back seat for a while. I didn’t jumpstart women’s health until a month after the pandemic started. Starting a second business during such a unprecedented time was definitely scary for me, there were so many other small and big businesses failing around me. I believe the pandemic has forced a lot of us to sit down, self reflect, deal, and heal. Initially, I thought that starting a business amidst the pandemic was a bad idea but after much thought and evaluation I later realized that it was an amazing idea. This was the perfect time to assist people in self reflecting, dealing, and healing. I’m so glad that I took that leap of faith. I’ve learned that one size doesn’t fit all. What works for one person may not work for another, and in that I’ve learned to create products, categorize, and customize them based on the individual’s health goals & needs. My goal is to reach, uplift, and educate women locally, nationwide, and eventually globally on how to reclaim their power and their vaginal/womb health.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friend to the plant shop, grounding and connecting back with earth at my favorite spot, one of my favorite herb shops, the botanical gardens, spiral diner vegan restaurant, “cinnaholic” vegan cinnamon roll restaurant, little elm beach, and Sundance square in Fort Worth.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am extremely grateful for the teaching of Dr Sebi, he has paved the way for me and so many other herbalists and healers in the world. He’s no longer here but his teachings live on forever. I am also grateful for each follower. Everyone has been so loving,supportive, encouraging! I love hearing testimonials & feedback, it keeps me going!

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