We had the good fortune of connecting with Kira Giannoni and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kira, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is the most important thing you can do in your life. Without taking risks, you won’t be able to excel and succeed in achieving your life goals. From traveling Southeast Asia/Australia alone at 22 to moving to California from the East Coast at 23 to starting my own small business on top of having a full time job at 27, my life has been full of risk taking and I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking risks.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The best part of my candle business is being able to utilize and show off my graphic design skills which is really what prompted me to find some sort of side business. I love working with customers on custom candles for gifts or party favors and designing custom labels which is the most prideful part of my business because it is the most unique. I design all my labels myself and even print most of them myself as well. I work full time as a graphic designer for a law firm so balancing both jobs can be challenging and difficult but I love staying busy and being productive. I can get overwhelmed at times and I am definitely still figuring things out but through a lot of trial and error, I am slowly progressing and I am happy with my progress so far.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in San Diego, the list of things to do is endless. If a friend were to visit for a week, we would definitely go to the beach during the day a few times in Pacific Beach or Ocean Beach, possibly even north around Del Mar. If my friend was into hiking, I would suggest a morning hike at Cowles Mountain. If we wanted something a bit easier, I’d suggest Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve or Lake Murray. We could rent paddle boards in Mission Bay, take out the blow up kayak, or even rent a boat. If it ended up being a cloudy day, I’d take my friend golfing, seek out a farmers market, or maybe go to the zoo. I have a few favorite breweries and wineries around San Diego that I would take my friend to as well and if we were up for the drive, I’d even go to Temecula. Come dinner time, I’d take my friend downtown to Little Italy, find a yummy Asian spot in the Convoy district, or pick a restaurant in the harbor with city skyline views. If we were looking for something less formal for the evening, I would look into having a beach bon fire, take drive to Fiesta Island to watch the Seaworld fireworks, or simply BBQ at the house.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My company’s name is Iris Nicole Candle Company, named after my two grandmothers Iris and Nicole. I would like to dedicate my shoutout to them because they inspired my company name and have always encouraged me in my life. When people ask if my name is Iris Nicole, it makes me smile to let them know that actually my name is Kira and Iris and Nicole are my grandmothers.

Website: https://www.irisnicolecandleco.com/

Instagram: @irisnicolecandleco

Facebook: @irisnicolecandleco

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