We had the good fortune of connecting with Kym Terribile and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kym, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
One of my favorite books is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Big Magic is all about pursing a life of creativity and seeking out inspiration. Although this book is not exactly a business book, it gave me the courage to start my own business. The book argues for a life of creativity and artistry. In the book Gilbert states that by following curiosities and “playing” in different mediums we can uncover beautiful pathways to creativity. I found my way to candle making through following my curiosities rather than passion–although now, having a business and crafting my product is a passion. I started making candles when I discovered all of the toxic ingredients and chemicals that could potentially end up in candles. I wanted to create a product that was clean burning and as eco-friendly as possible. Through research and playing around with different oils and waxes, I was able to create a product that is not only clean burning, but also smells amazing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the founder of Wax Crescent, a candle company out of Boulder, Colorado, based on the idea of self-care and intentional living. I make clean burning soy wax candles. Many of my candles also have crystals and gemstones in them that help my customers set intentions and create a sacred spiritual space for peace and healing. I think that I always knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I am a creative at heart, and I love making things. I love that having my own business allows me to create different products and bring imaginative concepts to life. My favorite part about candle making is creating new scents! I love blending different oils to create unique and exotic smells. I also really love that being a small business, I have built amazing relationships with other female entrepreneurs. It is incredible the amount of support and resources that can be found within this network of females.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite things to do in Colorado are hiking and paddle boarding. Any time someone visits, getting out on the water is a must. I love taking people up to Estes Park and hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park—and a hot springs trip is always a must.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my friends for all of their support with my business. They have helped through every step of the way from feed back on scent combinations, to helping with photography and accounting and even showing up at markets to help me set up! Being a solo entrepreneur is an immense amount of work, and without the support and encouragement of my friends, I am not sure that I would have a business at all.