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

Hi Kellie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My business, Life Inspirit focuses primarily on selling goods which are Fair Trade, handmade or vintage. The reason why this was so important to me, is I wanted to create a business model that not only would carry beautiful items, but which would have a beautiful and positive impact on the world. By supporting artisans locally, and internationally and ensuring they are compensated fairly for their craft – each sale has a ripple affect of positivity. The woven baskets in my shop are by far the most special item I continually carry. Each handwoven basket is sourced from various parts of Africa. Majority of the cooperatives I work with are primarily made up of women weavers. By giving these women an opportunity to provide for their families and household, they are able to live out of poverty, send their children to school, and set the ground work for the future generations. I am a firm believer that the items we choose to welcome into our home should be items we not only love to look at, but items which were also made with love. It brings me a lot of joy at the end of the day, to know that through my business I am able to share that passion and spread that love with others.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Back in 2018 I had this tug at my soul that I wanted to do something different with my life. Something that was artistic in a way, had a positive impact on the world and something that was approachable. I’ve worked in the service industry my entire adult life and that’s what helped pay for my education as I went and pursued my degree in Interior Design. At the end of the day, although I loved Interior Design (in fact I still do), I really wanted to be my own boss, and take on a business adventure from the ground up which I could call my own. After racking my brain, I decided a good way to blend design and positive social impact would be to create a brand that focused solely on home décor and lifestyle items which were either Fair Trade, handmade or vintage. From this point I really started researching and educating myself on Fair Trade business practices. As I educated myself more, I quickly discovered what type business I didn’t want to be, but most importantly I learned about the impact a small business like mine could have on individuals clear on the other side of the world. It’s easy to think “I’m just one person” or “my business is so small it wont make a difference”, but I really believe that acts of good in the world, no matter their size, have a ripple effect. To you it may seem insignificant, but to someone else, your support of their craft may be the difference between putting food on the table or living in poverty. I believe that we all have a social responsibility as consumers to be mindful of how we spend our money. How our hard earned dollars really hold a lot of power in shaping the world we live in today. I would like to think that my little business is hopefully providing a stepping stone towards making that world we live in slightly better!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely hit my old stomping grounds of Downtown Littleton. I think it’s the perfect blend of small, old town charm but filled with lots of cute boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and bars; one of which is a personal favorite of mine, Jakes. Hoping they would be visiting during the summer months, we would drive through Morrison and take them to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater. Even better if there would be a show to see! And last but not least we would make our way west on I70 into the mountains. There are so many small mountains town with their own unique charm and hidden gems, but a few personal favorites which aren’t too far from Denver are Idaho Springs and Winter Park!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Reading “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero was when I had that “ah ha” moment. It was exactly the push I needed to rip off the band aid, stop making excuses and allowing self doubt to dictate my life. It was after reading her book I decided that there was no better time then NOW to make my dream of owning my own business a reality!

Website: https://lifeinspirithome.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifeinspirit_home/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifeinspirithome/

Image Credits
Jenna Sparks Photography Trevr Merchant – Torch Media

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