Meet Kim Carter from Spark Joy
Tell us about your business
Spark Joy is a business that does just that!…… SPARK JOY. You know the feeling you get when everything has a place and there is a place for everything. I work with people to unlock that feeling by using mindfulness to view your current space and assist you to let go of what no longer serves you:
- Find space for the things that you love
- Organise your space to allow ‘flow’ to happen.
Nothing makes me happier than working with clients to help them move from overwhelmed to organised.
Why and when did you start your own business?
After working in the corporate world for more than 28 years, I had an opportunity to do something different and for myself. I spent a few years completing several courses, which led me to register my business in April 2016.
It was only until I read an article from Dr. Christiane Northrup and her experience with de-cluttering, that I knew I wanted to take others on that journey. For myself, it has been a healing process and one in finding the real me outside of the corporate world. It gives me joy to see others become more empowered and doing the things they love.
What does being a business owner mean to you?
Doing something that I love and being there to assist others to do the same. Connecting with new people and learning new things every day.
Also for the flexibility – my mum has Dementia and I want to be able to be there for her if and when she needs me.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
Other female business owners! I love how the universe provides or shows me what I need and when I need it. I have met many great women who really want to see women succeed.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
From Leonie Dawson – “Do the Work”. If you have a belief, do the work. If you have a blockage, do the work. If you have a judgement, do the work. It is not about doing, you need to look at and clear what is no longer serving you.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
Most of my work has come from friends, referrals and connections made at various types of Business Network Meetings or programs. I am looking forward to working with other business women to optimise the various marketing tools.
What is one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
Well, I learnt this in Corporate and it has served me well in my business. Always listen and don’t make assumptions – as you don’t know.
And I must share a second and that is: Listen to your gut. It is your second brain and it can serve you well.
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business?
- I have only just recently come across Canva and I love it (don’t give up – it is easy when you get the hang of it).
- Love XERO for all my accounting needs (and my accountant uses it).
- I take a lot of pictures, so Google Photos is great – unlimited storage. You can also create videos and share created folders.
What do you do for fun/relaxation?
I love camping and take my dogs – need to go more often. Love exploring country towns that I have not visited before – also love driving. Love yoga and meditation. Trying to love Pilates Reformer (its more like my back does not like it). My early morning walks with my two dogs and the lovely people I walk with and see at the off lead dog park.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful woman in business?
Willingness to step out of your comfort zone and give it a go. Ability to be ‘present’ and ‘listen’ to your client. And to take on all feedback in areas where you can improve the next client’s experience (and not take it personally).
What fears have you faced in business? Have you overcome it/them? How do you manage fear?
The fear of being seen – people seeing the real me. This still happens occasionally, now I recognise it, shake it off and move on. Life is too short.
Having that fear of being judged. A good one for this is the work of Byron Katie. If you don’t know ‘The Work’, check it out – powerful!
The fear of success – when this comes up I revert back to what others have said – You are doing others a dis-service by not sharing what you know and helping others see and feel what you have experienced.
I am also a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, so I am always using my oils. Love how they support me, naturally.
What are your top 5 goals you want to achieve by the end of 2018?
- Write blogs and share with others what I know
- Attend different types of networking groups (at least two new one’s)
- Learn how to make videos of my work that will inspire and motivate others
- Personal and Business Development – more if it
- Establish a regular de-cluttering workshop
What makes you happy?
Being out in nature amongst the trees and near flowing water. A great movie. Spending time with friends. My two dogs – Ruby and Chip.
Have you had to make any sacrifices whilst running your business?
Yes, however I don’t really look at it as a sacrifice, that is spending time with my mum. If my mum needs me, I am there. If my dad needs a break from full time caring, then I am there. If I keep going you will see the tears on the screen…..
Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most and why?
I admire any woman that is willing to show up and give it a go.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 2-5 years?
Working with clients to help them move from overwhelmed to organised. Also spreading the word about Essential Oils and how we can support our planet through small changes.
What book has inspired you the most?
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert, because anything is possible (there is a great podcast series that follow on from the book).
How do you measure your success in business?
Client satisfaction. This is such a personal journey and clients will achieve various level of change. This could be from understanding their inner blockages to what are their emotional roots of their clutter.
Where is your dream destination to go for a holiday and why?
Tuscany – as I love the movie ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet. It’s anything that get’s between you and the life that you want to be living”
What are your top 5 business tips?
- Know when you are becoming overwhelmed and what helps you to move past this
- Know your triggers and how can you support yourself through them
- Be kind to yourself, always
- Ask – for support, for help, for guidance
- Be Authentic
Why did you become a WBS Member?
To meet like-minded women who like to learn, share and support.
Connect with Kim Carter
Join us for the next WBS Event
The next WBS event in Point Cook will be on the 15th February 2018 at The Phoenix Hotel Point Cook. Kim Carter from Spark Joy will be a bonus guest speaker discussing – Declutter in 2018 – Remove the clutter to find out who you really are!
Book your tickets here: https://goo.gl/C7gvpu
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