If you’re ready to be inspired & read a story about strength & overcoming hard times, then today’s Meet Our Maker series is for you. We all experience challenges throughout our lives, but what matters most is how we choose to face adversity & move forward.
Sarah Spitsen started the Feya Candle Co. at the moment in time when her life was seemingly falling apart; closing down one business, getting divorced & losing her home. All of these obstacles didn’t stop her; she rose up and created a fantastic company with the purpose of helping others. If that doesn’t make you want to tackle your goals, we’re not sure what will!
Read more about her journey to creating Feya Candle Company!
Q: Tell us a little about your company & journey to making it happen.
A: Sarah began her first candle company as a hobby while at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. One year out of college, she knew she had to choose between the career she started and candles - 3 months later, she completed her build-out on a brand new space and called the store Hallow Candle Co in the heart of Lincoln, NE. One year into Hallow, she was divorced - penniless and had nowhere to live. Not ready to give up, she finished out her lease on her brand new space and closed shop on December 31st, 2013.
The very next day, on January 1st, 2014, Sarah opened Feya Candle Co from a friend’s kitchen table. Inspired by her Granny Faye & Aunt Pamela, who had helped raise her and passed too young, Feya will always give back with food and aid to those who need it most. Feya has grown over the last few years to many thousands of meals and soap bars given worldwide and will soon dig a well system for an all-girls school in Africa.
Sarah is now married to an amazing man; they have two beautiful children and are living happily ever after in Lincoln, NE.
Q: Why is this mission important to you?
A: I have always had a strong passion for doing something great; when I found a perfectly aligned way to combine my love of food, candles, business, and family - I couldn't get away from it. From our very first day to our first giving trip, to even today, I am doing what I'm meant to do - running a business that gives relief to those who need it most. I couldn't ask for a better life!
Q: What is your #SuperPower?
A: Stubbornness to solve problems
Q: What does “mama” mean to you?
A: Mama means unconditional love
Q: What change do you hope to see in the world through your business/product/idea?
A: We hope to see the work we do lift individuals out of extreme poverty and give them a chance at success in the life they want.
Q: Any advice to the next generation of #SuperheroMamas?
A: Humans are capable of so many amazing things, even if we don't believe it ourselves. If you have a passion and a dedication to what you're working on, you CAN DO IT!
Q: If you could be any #superhero, who would it be & why?
A: I would have to go with Captain Marvel - huge burdens on her shoulders, but she can do anything!!