We are both huge fans of Karen’s products. Besides the fact that they are our go to for skin care and bath products for our children, they are also what we rely on to pamper ourselves after a long day of mothering. We love supporting local moms and are so thankful that we have found her.
Meet : Karen Johnson
Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?
My husband and I have been together since 2006, and have three sons and a daughter.
Before K’pure I had a fitness studio in Abbotsford for five years. K’pure evolved from a homemade deodorant into the business it is now, in February 2016.
What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?
I’ve always had the dream of being an entrepreneur. When our oldest was a baby and my mat leave was about to end, I wanted to find a way to stay home with him, while still bringing in an income. At that time, my passion was fitness, and with no child-friendly gyms in my area, I decided to become a certified trainer and start a stroller fitness class. That evolved into the fitness studio, which then evolved into k’pure. I loved having a service driven business, but the only way to generate income was to trade my own hours. Now with k’pure, I am able to hire a team which means more time with my family. Which is the ultimate inspiration.
What is your favorite part about running your own business?
The new studio is a block away and this gives me the freedom to set my own hours, drop off and pick up the kids from school, and be close enough to work that I can whip down to the studio after the kids are in bed.
When do you find time to fit in work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all?
The most productive hours are when the kids are in bed. There really hasn’t been much balance, but now that I’ve moved the business out of the home, I am able to separate home and work. This means super late nights, but it means I can wear my ‘mom’ hat when the kids are home. We don’t have hired childcare help, so being present when the kids are home is super important to me.
What was the greatest advice you have received since becoming a parent or since starting your own business that has helped you?
The best advice is doing what works for you and your family. Don’t worry about what works for someone else, or beat yourself about ordering take out again or co-sleeping or whatever it is that works for you, works. Do what makes your family run smoothly.
What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?
Finding that elusive balance. Feeling like I’m working too much, or not enough. Feeling spread thin, which is why it’s extra important to find what works for us.
How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)
I’ve been the world’s worst friend and spouse the last 16 months. I’m grateful for an amazing husband and friends who support me and who know that once we find a new groove, and I accept more help with k’pure, that I’ll be back on track as a great friend and partner.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
As a child I wanted to be a vet, but after trying my hand as a vet assistant in my twenties, I quickly changed my mind!
What careers have you had I the past that led to where you are today?
All of the careers have brought me here, and there have been a lot. Even the ones I hated, have taught me something that I can use today. Here’s the list: paper girl, Red Robin hostess, receptionist, hairdresser, car part sales person, delivery driver, vet assistant, insurance sales, waitress, service writer, personal trainer, business owner.
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Don’t fall into the trap of doing what everyone else is doing. Align yourself with people who are more successful than you and ask for advice from successful business people! Try to stand out in your field by doing things differently than anyone else, and don’t be tempted to take short cuts like buying followers. Staying true to you and your brand will make you stand out and give you a reputation that will want other brands to work with you!
What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?
Sleeping in past 6am! A lazy morning with my husband and kids at home!
Thank you Karen for taking the time to stop by and give us a little behind the scenes look into your life. We both hope that you have a wonderful mothers day and look forward to finding out who the lucky person will be to win the “Bath Soak Trio” when we draw the winners name on Mothers day. Check out our instagram @featherandmane for more details on how to enter.
-Jessica and Carla