Saturday Business Interview, Featuring cFaith Designs
We have some fantastic local businesses that are going to be featured, typically on Saturdays. We try to keep the questions consistent from interview to interview (with some changes possible). I hope you enjoy this series!
I am so excited to showcase cFaith Designs for our Saturday Business Feature series! Vickie is one of the people that I’ve been fortunate to have crossed paths with through this amazing platform. This platform has been an incredible gift for me! From connecting with amazing Moms, to learning more about incredible businesses in our area. I love seeing the fruit and labor from small businesses and the passion they put forth to make their business succeed. I am so happy Vickie and I connected because her page is such a light! Her work is so beautiful, inspiring, and the messages on her signs are literally God sent. I hope you enjoy today’s interview!
Meet cFaith Designs’ Owner: Vickie Le
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the area?
I was born in California but raised in Texas. I grew up around the Houston/Cypress area.
Do you have any children? If so, what are their ages?
Brynn, 2 years old
Jude, 10 months
Tell us about your business?
cFaith Designs is a home made, hand made business offering wood sign decor for all occasions
When did the idea of creating your business start? How long have you been in business?
The day Cody taught me how to use a table and miter saw, I knew that there were ideas i had to bring to life. Add a paintbrush and my love for handwriting and cFaith Designs was born. It has been about 4 years since!
What is one thing you can point to that helped make your business successful?
God, God, and God. He has blessed with me with these talents and the desire to use my signs to reach others. When I feel defeated, it never fails that I receive an order that brings glory back to God. The people I meet, the stories I hear, the inspiration behind custom orders- it’s not coincidence, it’s God’s sovereignty over and over again.
What was your biggest challenge as a business and how did you overcome it?
My current biggest challenge is growth. When it started as a side gig, I didn’t worry much about the numbers game. Now that it is my main focus, I’m finding it more difficult to find and reach my buyer’s niche. I am really focusing on marketing and how to put my business out in the community. Through social media, networking, or word of mouth, I’d love to build my brand this year.
What do you enjoy most about being an entrepreneur? What is your favorite part about what you do?
That I get to be a part of every process- from picking out the piece of wood, to designing and painting, and putting it all together. My favorite is being able to celebrate momentous occasions with people- from birth announcements to baptisms, from engagements to wedding days, celebrations of life and death, successes – it’s humbling that my work has been chosen to be a part of those adventures
What does the future look like for you and your business?
Being new to the stay at home mom gig, I’ve only recently fully invested myself into this business. I have high hopes and I know there is potential, but if I’m being honest, I couldn’t tell you which way it is heading. I’m praying this business allows me to continue to encourage others while supporting my family, but I trust that God will lead me down whatever path He has set forth.
What advice would you give to others that want to start something new?
Starting new things can be intimidating and scary, but those feelings validate your passion and desire to pursue something. So go with it. It may end up being a total failure, but what if it isn’t?!
Any advice for juggling all the things in daily life?
Grace and learning how to say no. I have high expectations of myself and hate disappointing other. But as our family has grown and life has happened, I have found that true joy doesn’t come from how much I can juggle or accomplish. It comes from giving grace to not only myself, but to others. It comes from unplugging from the busyness of life and resting in the stillness. It comes from finding my passions and saying yes to that- and saying no to things that weigh me down
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through?
My husband, Cody. He is my number one supporter and pushes me outside my comfort zone. Cody is the reason I started this business. And because he’s my lumber guy anytime I run out.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I grew up in this area so to be able to now raise my family in the same community is neat. I love how we truly love our neighbors and support one another. I have met so many amazing people who continue to come back time and time again. Getting customers from referrals also shows how much this community comes together to support local businesses. It’s really so sweet.