Karin Houston

 

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

My name is Karin, I’m from Fife in Bonnie Scotland (once you get past the rain and 6 days of sunshine a year…..it is kind of Bonnie). I am a mum to 6 and the CEO, cleaner, skivvy and boss lady of Beauty Bath Junkie.

2. What is your business about?

I make Bath Bombs mostly, but am venturing into new territory with soaps and other pamper products in the New Year. I started 3 years ago with a £50 investment (after the tax man very kindly gave me a refund). I started to sell online bath bombs sourced from suppliers, and after a few weeks friends approached me asking if they could sell them too. It kind of went from there – in year two after a series of let downs and bad quality from suppliers I decided I could do better and I got myself on the journey to making my own bath bombs. I now have well over 100 cosmetic safety assessments and hand paint a lot of our products, which sell all over the UK via a network of brand reps.

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3. What made you get into this line of business?

I believe the universe was responsible for this……I was a police officer and I guess my career was mapped out…..13 years service and pension forecast sorted, but a series of events in 2014 /2015 conspired to knock me for 6. In 2015 after a particularly bad week, I had a breakdown at work…..a complete “omg look at the snotters running from her nose” scenario as I sobbed uncontrollably for an hour.

I left that day and never went back. From being a confident, healthy police officer, I turned into a hairy hermit who suffered severe anxiety attacks in a daily basis. I left the house only to go to the Docs and counselling. I became smelly, unkempt and exhausted and I really didn’t know how to pull myself out of it. A year later, I was online when it suddenly hit me that working online was the way to go. I had done some network marketing prior to this as a sideline but I needed a job – a job that didn’t require me to get out of PJs or leave the house. I look back now at “snottergate” and realise how far I have come, and I actually don’t have to plait armpit hair and actually get dressed every day now!
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4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

Passion of creating makes me get up (and 2 twin terrorists who can’t be in the same room without arguing). I work every day and even when I decide to take a day off, I’m on my phone with our brand reps or wholesale customers so I’m never really off duty. I start the day with a coffee, check emails and messages and try to listen to a you tube video that is motivational or inspiring. Les brown is an absolute favourite.

5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Really two pieces of advice that go hand in hand – the first being – you can’t please everyone. In the early days I tried to……I was running about like a headless chicken trying to make everyone happy and then one day it hit me……..some people will never be happy no matter what you do. Once I had accepted that, it became a lot easier. The second piece of advice is – celebrate the positive and forget the negative. What a game changer!! I choose to dwell on successes, happy times and positive…….when I get a “blip” in that run, I learn from it and literally package it up and throw it away.

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5. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

Wow so many helped me on my journey to recovery but i love audio books and one I listened to so so many times was “you are a badass”.

6. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

Our brand reps have always got offers on on products or hampers and we have a free sign up on January 6 for people looking to join us.

7. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Music – it has to be cranked up and you HAVE to sing along and / or dance! I have a voice like a strangled moggy but I still love singing.

8. What do you love most about helping others?

It is the best feeling EVER! It’s like a smooth, creamy, hot chocolate with marshmallows for the soul.

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10. Your favourite quote?

“if you say you can or can’t – you are right”. It sums it right up. YOU are responsible for the outcome.

Thank you so much Karin for sharing your story and amazing business with us if you would like to see more from Karin and Beauty Bath Junkie please go to Beauty Bath Junkie  or Instagram

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Have a wonderful day x 

 

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