Kelly Rogers is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of London, Ontario. As the owner of Happy Rock Holistics, Kelly is dedicated to offering treatments to heal, detoxify, and nourish your mind and body using blends of fresh botanicals, essential oils, and natural ingredients customized to what your energy reflects. We are excited to share Kelly’s story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I’ve always thought up creative ways to have businesses since a very young age. At age 7, I started a neighbourhood daycare out of my parents garage, where snacks, dance, excercise, and math worksheets were provided, all based on age and allergies. I’ve taken entrepreneurial studies in high school, won first place in the IVEY school of business competition in Grade 11, and was a part of Junior Achievement as well. I’ve always had my own idea’s about ‘work’ and once shown my true path, everything just started falling into place.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I wake up excited about my clients, I truly enjoy what I do, and just feel so grateful to be able to live freely.
Can you describe a typical day?
I’m a little bit of a night hawk so often times I will sleep in until about 8am or 9am, wake up and have breakfast with my 1.5 and 3 year old kids. We usually have some tunes on, some mornings we will break into a kitchen dance party, or painting party to start the day off right. We all get bathed/dressed. I have either my mom or daycare take care of my girls around 10:30am. My first client starts around 10am/11am depending on the day. I begin my laundry around this time as well. My clients come in for deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, botanical facials, etc. usually back to back with a half hour in between to clean and chat. I take an hour break for supper with the family around 5pm/6pm. Most days I’ll have clients until 7pm/8pm. If I’m not booked with clients I’m usually making natural products in my lab, stocking stores, cutting labels, making wholesale orders, checking inventories, etc. Around 7pm/8pm we get everyone’s pyjamas on, I check messages for a few hours, and enjoy family time. Bedtime for mama around 11pm-1am.
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
My mom has been an amazing support for watching my girls, as well as my fiancé. I have been able to chat with some friends about my ideas for products, feedback on labels, descriptions, etc. I decided to hire an amazing holistic nutritionist to watch my girls twice a week to give me time to have full production days, or back to back clients.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
Being a mother of two, of course we all have our days that we just want to hibernate a little. I don’t feel like I’ve sacrificed anything other than not spending every second of every day with my two little ladies as they grow. I truly enjoy my work, and I honestly can say other than the odd wedding where I’ve double booked myself at an event, I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
My days “off” usually consist of still answering emails, texts, and messages for my business. I’ve never unplugged for more than a day other than the first few weeks after having my babies. On a typical day “off” I’m usually hanging outside with my girls, playing in the backyard or front yard, having dance parties, delivering products to my shops, labelling products, cleaning and organizing in little spurts, and often times if it’s a TRUE day off we plan to get out and away from our house, such as a road trip to visit family or friends. This seems to be the only way I won’t ‘work’. However, I do believe in self care: treating myself to a deep tissue massage, dead sea salt candle lit bath, structural integration, a walk in the forest, meditations, etc. I know balance is key. Getting a little of everything makes me feel very accomplished for my day.
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
I am absolutely active in my community. I know almost every local business that’s up and running. I always try and buy local food, gifts, clothing, etc. I love networking with other businesses, and I often will tag businesses for friends or random people asking. It can be a little more expensive, but in the long run it feels a lot better to buy and support local. I love this growing community I’m a part of. I love most of all being able to purchase right from the makers, and to know that it’s benefiting them, and their families. They get to do something they love, and that gives their life purpose.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
Kandice Trickett, owner of The Been Garden. She has shown multiple degrees of strength and persistence! She is a young entrepreneur, who can do absolutely anything she puts her mind into.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
Future is bright for Happy Rock Holistics, always evolving.
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else!
If you wake up with this idea, day after day – DO IT!
Growth doesn’t usually feel comfortable.
How will you know your true path if you keep using your own mind as a road block?
Expand your belief in yourself, and put trust into your capabilities.
There will never be a better time than right now.