We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathleen Macken and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kathleen, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Mindset. I had to step back from Lucky Kat Lotion for about a year so I could learn to process things that were not serving myself, my family, and my business. I learned and now have the gift of a healthy mindset with useful tools I can access at anytime to help push through challenges that previously held me back. Knowing that I am confident, abundant, and knowledgeable in what I do, has been game changing
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Lucky Kat Lotion evolved from my role as a special needs mom. My daughter Kassidy has a rare genetic disorder called Smith-Magenis Syndrome. One of the heartbreaking characteristics of SMS is skin picking, mainly around her finger nails. I wanted to find a more holistic approach to healing her skin and keeping infection at bay, instead of always turning to antibiotic ointments. I found particular plants to be extremely healing for various skin ailments and have incorporated them into my lotion blends. I saw a problem within my family and solved it in the most natural way I could. I got where I am today through trial and error. I know I’m not the most business savvy or tech savvy person, but I have passion for what I do and every set back is an opportunity to step back and reassess. When this happens, I have been able to generate more momentum, with just a bit more clarity. That learning curve is never easy, often it’s quite humbling, but it creates opportunity so it’s necessary. Every challenge is an opportunity to grow. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that this business is not a race. The more I’ve released control over things I thought I could control, the easier this has become. As long as I am continuing to move my needle a little bit everyday, I am creating space in my life and business for growth and abundance. I think I want the world to know that this business is created from a very authentic place in my life and it’s success is based on the joy I insert into it. I’m also very grateful for the growth I’ve experienced this last year and the continued patronage of my customers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So many rad places in San Diego! Must do: 1. Camping in Ocotillo Wells and meditating as the sun comes up. Sunset and camping under the desert sky. Hiking around Borrego is awesome, definitely not a summer time activity though. 2. Day at the beach. Our favorite place to go is Torrey Pines, just north of the bridge. We’ll pack a cooler full of snacks and drinks and grab a sandwich at Board N Brew. Also a great hike and awesome place to watch the sunset. 3. We love the Safari Park (because it’s about a 7 minute drive from our house) and grabbing a bite to eat at Plan 9 Ale House on Grand in Escondido. 4. Catching a baseball game at Petco Park (when this dumb virus is gone, of course). Petco Park is a really cool baseball stadium, because it has a lot of local flavor: good food and craft beer 5. Balboa Park. Gardens and museums, it’s truly beautiful. 6. Meditation at the Self-Realization Fellowship gardens in Encinitas. 7. Paddle boarding at the Carlsbad Lagoon. 8. Boxing/ kickboxing class at Cali Speed Boxing in 4S 9. Eat and drink: Plan 9 Ale House, Los Pancho’s (Escondido), Stone Brewery, Board and Brew (Del Mar location), Sushi Nori (Escondido), Ahi Poke (Escondido), Peterson’s Donuts,
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Kevin for looking out for the health and wellness of me and our entire family unit. Colin and Kerry Smith, owners of The Awakening Trainings, the most profound 5 days of my life and the reason I am able to walk through life with clarity and happiness. My High Performance Coach, Clarisse Jereza, for pushing me beyond what I think my limits are and teaching me to implement the tools I’ve acquired. The angel who donated the 12 coaching sessions with Clarisse. I am so grateful!