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

Hi Matthew, how does your business help the community or world
The mission of Be Kind Vibes is to create ethically-made goods that inspire love & compassion for each other and our natural world. We’ve built a community around the brand and the idea that we are all connected, to each other and our environment. People + Planet. Our products are made with organic and recycled materials and for every purchase, we plant a tree to help offset carbon emissions created during production and shipping.

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?
Be Kind Vibes is basically an extension of myself. Every product we create, every message we promote, every Instagram post we make is from the heart, and with intention. The journey all started with a sharpie and a plain white tee. I would write positive uplifting messages down the front and hand them out to friends and family, Now, we have a full line of eco-friendly products that make there way all around the world inspiring kindness & compassion. I am so grateful every day for the love and support we receive from our growing community. It’s been a journey full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and it definitely has not been easy. But what I’ve learned is to follow your heart, work hard, be kind, and always believe in yourself. Trust the process and good things will happen.

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?
Well, I’m a bit of a homebody honestly haha. But when friend’s come to visit we usually take my 1969 VW Bus for a cruise to Sunset Cliffs for a surf and a sunset. We’ll grab a delicious vegan lunch at People’s in OB, and a tasty beverage from JuneShine in North Park.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mom! She has always supported me with encouragement and incredible words of wisdom. When I chose to forgo a traditional career to start my own business, she was 100% on board and had my back every step of the way. My girlfriend is also a huge inspiration. She follows her heart and her dreams every day, working hard to live the life she’s always imagined. We’re a good team, encouraging and inspiring each other every day in our little tiny home/office 🙂

Website: www.bekindvibes.com
Instagram: @bekindvibes
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bekindvibes

Image Credits
Laysea Hughes, Alex Marie, Pete Thulie, Bryce Miller

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