Today we’d like to introduce you to Dawn Simon.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dawn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always been interested in nature, plants, trees, and herbs. These things seemed to call to me from a very early age. One of the earliest memories I have is of being around five years old, in my home town in Missouri. I had collected a bunch of acorns I was going to leach the “poison” out of (I had no idea what I was doing). I was going to make acorn mash and feed it to everyone. I remember thinking that it was so “cool” that we can make food or medicine out of plants and that is something I really wanted to do!
My love of plants and their healing qualities continued. As I got older and had my own children, I was always very aware of what I was putting on them and into their bodies. It concerned me that there were so many chemicals in products that were meant to “heal” or “help” your body. I kept saying the earth has everything we need. We need to get back to that. To our roots and what amazing things, the earth has to offer us. It was like I was hearing my calling in a soft whisper and then a loud roar.
Fast forward a few years later, I became the General Manager of a very large restaurant. I worked 10-15 hour days but needed and craved a creative outlet. Once again, my love of all things botanical came into my life like an old friend. I started making organic lip balm in my “spare time” and gave it to the girls that worked for me. They absolutely loved it and asked if they could buy it. I reluctantly said, “I guess?” I really wasn’t making it sell at first. I knew the healing power of hemp oil and that’s what I made it out of. I was just excited to share it with them and I was really excited and it made me so happy that they really liked it and it worked!
As I started to make more and more lip balm and fill orders, I thought to myself, “What else can I make?” I am a reader and I started to read everything I could about healing plants and oils. I really became enthralled with plants, they truly are amazing. I was doing research on the different healing properties of everything. I loved every part of this new business that had no name!
I decided to name my business, my passion “Hempie Girl Organics.” I decided that would be the name because most everything I was making had hemp in it. I chose to make each of my products out of organic, ethically sourced and if I could local ingredients. I became Hempie Girl.
I quit my “Big Girl” job in May of last year to pursue my passion. The road hasn’t been easy but it has been so much fun and filled with so many things to be grateful for. I really feel that I have been given a chance to live my dream. I am back in school in an apprenticeship program to become an Herbalist so that I can continue to learn and grow. I love Hempie Girl Organics. They say “Happy people make happy things.” I love it.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
This is such a great question. Has it been hard? Oh my gosh, yes! Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY!!! I walked away from a huge, well-paying job with benefits, paid vacation, a steady paycheck, etc. What it wasn’t fueling or feeding was my soul. I lost myself in that job. The biggest struggle I found was finding the courage to leave the certain for the uncertain. I jumped in with both feet and didn’t look back. I am so very lucky to have an amazing support system with my family. I have the most amazing, supportive husband and kids AND grandkids! They were the ones that stood by me and have been rooting for me from the very beginning.
Some of the struggles along the way have been no paycheck! I have been scared, actually terrified that things weren’t going to work out but the one thing I kept telling and keep telling myself is- “Dawn, you know what’s more terrifying? Staying in a job that doesn’t feed your soul and waking up in five or ten years and regretting never having tried.” That actually terrifies me more.
I have always been a dreamer and a doer. My whole family are hard workers, we make things happen. You have to do the work. The other thing I learned is that no one is going to live your dream for you. If you want it, fight for it, make it happen. Have faith in yourself, know your worth in whatever you do. If it doesn’t serve you, move on.
There is a saying: “If you die tomorrow, your job will be in the paper before your obituary.” It’s kind of a harsh statement but it is so true. Value yourself enough to believe that you can do whatever it is. Live your dream.
“Whatever feeds your soul, do that.”
We’d love to hear more about Hempie Girl Organics.
I am the owner and creator of Hempie Girl Organics. I make body care, self-care and soul care items.
I am known for making most of my products with hemp oil or hemp derived ingredients, all organic and ethically sourced. I also specialize in hemp derived CBD. I make Hemp Cannabinoid Extracts in three different strengths, pain balms, salves, roller balls, clearing sprays, oils and, of course, lip balm! My favorite flavor of lip balm is Earl Grey, which is also my favorite tea!
I am most proud of making everything myself, knowing how it was sourced and also that it is natural and organic. I can tell you where and when I have made each product. I research everything I use and I only make my products when all the stars align! Just kidding! I do only make my products when I am feeling my absolute best so all of that good energy goes into each and every product. I believe making my products is like cooking which I also love. When you love doing something, you put a little bit of yourself and your energy into it. Good vibes are so important!
The thing that sets me apart from other companies out there is that it’s just me. I make everything myself. I’m not a big company yet and I have a personal relationship with everything I make. I truly love what I do. Helping people find products that can help them fills a special place in my heart. It just makes me feel good.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
If you don’t love it – find something you do! If I could shout this through the computer right now, I would! Whatever it is that you are drawn to over and over again, there is a reason. Listen to what your soul wants, that nagging little voice in the background.
Take what other people say to you with a grain of salt. Everyone will have an opinion. If you are afraid of disappointing people, don’t be. The biggest lesson I learned was that I was disappointing the most important person-ME!
Ask questions, take a class, get all the information you think you might need, educate yourself. Never quit wanting to learn. I think that doing what you love is the best thing you can do for yourself. Do not give up. If you get 20 no’s, one day you are going to get a yes and then more yes.’
If it’s what you love, you won’t even notice that you are working 10 times harder than you ever have before. Your job is your joy. I love my job.
- Website: www.hempiegirl.com
- Phone: 920-266-4697
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/hempiegirl
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hempiegirlproducts
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