Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcia Reagan.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started this life in upstate New York just outside of Cooperstown. It was a wonderful place to grow up. I grew up in the country and learned to love gardening and the outdoors with my Gram. I moved to Massachusetts in 1994 and followed successful careers first as a Clinical Mental Health Therapist, a Yoga Teacher, as a small business owner, and now as a Healer. I moved my healing business to my home office in 2015 and it has without a doubt been one of my greatest lesson in life. Since then I discovered a passion for herbalism and natural healing and home care. I am a self-trained, and Gramma trained, creator of salves, lotions, serums, and bath products.
Healthy Home and Heart started as a blog but my creativity and yearning to help my healing clients even more started well, an obsession. Once I started making salves I couldn’t stop especially when my clients kept reporting back to me how their soreness or rash had cleared up, sometimes completely and for good. I do sell products but more importantly I create relationships through the honest delivery of what I know, and what I don’t. The success of Healthy Home and Heart is due to the integrity of the products, raw materials, and my desire to heal. Selling has to come secondary.
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?
I am not a new small business owner. In fact I started with a small Yoga Teaching practice, then owned a Wellness Center in Norwood MA, Karuna Center. There were challenges with that managing multiple healing disciplines, people, and space. My transition to a home business has been oddly smooth. Rebranding to Healthy Home and Heart held some challenges and then transitioning to a pop-up salve shop did create some stress at times. There have been a few salves that well ended up not being as salve-like but more gooey, and figuring out how to get beeswax out of a double boiler wasn’t much fun. Most of my days are filled with creativity, multi-tasking like I’ve never had to do before, and always an apron. I love my job. I love my clients. I really am happy being my own boss although sometimes I have no one to bounce ideas off of but the lady in the mirror, and the cat.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Healthy Home and Heart story. Tell us more about the business.
Healthy Home and Heart is a healing business. I am a hands-on Healer, Ear Candler, and maker of organic body and home healing products. I am most proud of the integrity of my company. I have stayed true to the commitment to helping my clients, walking softly on the planet, and creating honest caring relationships. I put the passion of service and healing always first. Making a living is, of course, important, but if what I do is not going to help my client I will refer them elsewhere or give them my most honest opinion. For instance, I sell a natural bug spray, but I avoid selling it to people who think it is the walk through the dense woods repellant. Lyme disease is nothing to fool around with, they need Deet. I cannot tell you how surprised people are when I tell them this. I have had people thank me for my honesty. Health first money second. Period.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I guess I would say not so much luck but fate. Now I work hard. I have long days, many loads of laundry of oily dish cloths, sweaty hours in front of the stove, years of education, days of research, and so many years of work that led to where I am. But is it fate I had my Grandmother take me gardening, walking through the woods teaching me plants? Is it fate that I fell in love, moved my business home because of the long commute to the wellness center? I think so. Call it divine intervention, call it the universe providing, but I do think there is fate at work. I feel pretty darn blessed, and yes lucky.
- Healing $70
- Ear Candling $80-90
- Healing Salves & Body $5-$35
- Address: 571 Liberty Street
Rockland, MA 02370
- Website: www.healthyhomeandheart.com
- Phone: 7816085185
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthyhomeandheart/
- Other: www.etsy.com/shop/