Hi, my name is Rachel Kay!
Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in the area?
I’m originally from Metairie Louisiana and have lived in Kingwood for 3.5 year now. Our family would travel from Cypress to Kingwood to wakeboard the San Jacinto River and in the process, we fell in love with the community.
Tell us about your business.
Monarch Health Boutique is a planet conscience, healthy living boutique committed to providing high quality health and wellness products. All cutting-edge inventory has been researched for highest quality, healthiest results, environmentally friendly and best choices for families. We strive to be a planet conscious, “One-Stop Shop” boutique for products with a purpose.
What brought you to do your business?
I’ve dealt with metal health issues since I was a child and only really learned to manage it after becoming a mother. My interest in health and wellness really took off when our oldest son began having stomach problems related to lactose intolerance in 2014. After endless research, we adjusted our lifestyle and found that we were all much happier and healthier. In 2018, when our youngest began to experience issues due to the amount in processed sugar in everyday foods, we made another huge shift in our family lifestyle choices. After experience how deceitful product packaging is, that was it, I made the commitment to use my research to help other families with similar issues.
When did the idea of creating your business start? How long have you been in business?
I was blessed enough to learn from Mrs. Judy Redding of Natural Kitchen and when her health took a turn, I knew I had to do something to continue the availability of not only quality products but also the access to education for all of the moms of the Kingwood community. I decided to start Monarch in early 2019 and opened on July 8th, 2020. We have been open for a couple months now.
What do you enjoy most about being an entrepreneur?
The flexibility it provides me to spend quality time with my children and my family while still running two businesses is invaluable. I also have the opportunity to show my children that hard work always pays off. Whatever it is that you want in this world is possible!
How many kids and how old are they?
I have two boys, one is 15, almost 16 and the other is 9. With each of my children having different health concerns, I am always researching ways to teach them positive, healthy lifestyle choices from supplements to meditation practices. They keep my focused and driven with my own health because the best thing I can do for them is be an example of how to operate at your best.
What is your favorite part about what you do?
I love talking with my customers about what is going on in their own lives and how I can best help them navigate through the many choices available. Each situation is different, so I really listen to what is being said and I truly care about the wellbeing of my community. We went through years of struggles with the different health issues of our family while I learned best practices so if I can help shorten that for anyone dealing with similar issues, I’ve done my job well.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
It’s impossible to predict the future however I believe strongly in manifesting your own destiny. Health and well-being is something we all have in common however the cohesive relationship we all have with our own bodies sometimes gets overlooked. Just like any other relationship in your life, it takes effort to breed positive change. Monarch is here to provide a positive, trustworthy space for true healing for years to come.
What advice would you give to others that want to start something new?
Planning is key. Make sure you have your finances organized (that’s the bookkeeper in me speaking) and make sure that you have done your research.
Any advice for juggling all the things in daily life?
Remember to breathe. So simple yet often taken for granted. Diaphragmatic breathing has several benefits that affect your entire body including lowering your stress levels, reducing your blood pressure, and regulating other important bodily processes.