Our Favorite Things: Hope Works Boutique
Kim Cochenour is a listener, friend of the show and ahhh-mazing person. While her energy will power up a room, she has the ability to be still, show incredible empathy, and share grace. Not only does she run the boutique business for Hope Works, but she is a mom of 3 (including a set of twin girls!!), wife, sister and friend. Aren't these featured favorite things guest just incredible!? So here we go. Sit back, put on the Christmas music, and enjoy getting to know Kim a little better.
HopeWorks Boutique is an online marketplace that loves engaging in the stories of people. We feature handcrafted items and promote local and global job creation. We aren't the typical”global market” where our items are mass produced, we personally know each artisan we partner with. Every piece has a story, and every story has a face. When you purchase an item from us you get to know the story of the artisan who made your item because to us, sharing about each artisan is just as important as the purchase.
HopeWorks Boutique was established in the Spring of 2016. We have fun at local events and fairs in Denver CO and have been dabbling in Etsy. The best part of every sale is sharing about the person who made the item and how the money from this sale will directly impact the people in Malindi, Kenya we partner with.
The money made from HopeWorks Boutique goes back into Every Life Inc, the nonprofit organization that started the boutique, as a way to fundraise for programs Every Life has in Malindi. We are truly thankful for each purchase in the boutique because it allows us to do so much more with the people they with.
My name is Kim and I am a wife, mom to three adorable girls and run HopeWorks Boutique. My simplification journey began when I started to feel overwhelmed by all the things. The things in my home. The things on my calendar. The things of social media. The things to accomplish with my business. The things on my to-do list. The things constantly on my mind. For me all the things kept me from being able to do what I really wanted. I would have great intentions with my time to accomplish things with my few hours of time but I would get so overwhelmed and accomplish very little. So it all began with me starting with the things in my house. Once a week, when listening to my dear friend Heather on The Practical Minimalists, I would find an area in my home and start purging and getting rid of all the things I didn’t need. It has since trickled down into the things on my calendar and to-do list. Me and all my things are definitely and work in progress but I am beginning to feel the freedom that comes with less.
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