Today we’d like to introduce you to Chemeka Watson.
Hi Chemeka, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
In 2015, I fell ill with GI issues. I decided to not take the medications which were prescribed as I knew it was a band aid and not an actual cure. I changed my diet and the symptoms started to improve. I tried to reintroduce certain foods I thought were “healthy” but fell ill again. It was at that point that I began learning how food can either harm or heal the body. I then changed to a plant-based lifestyle. Over time, I began changing the products I used. However, I had great difficulty finding a deodorant that was not irritating my skin while also keeping me fresh. I researched and experimented ultimately producing GenEsscents product line. A company based on holistic, plant based, clean ingredients. Everything we need is in nature and GenEsscents utilizes it to keep the body hygienically up to par and healthy.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It definitelyhas not been a smooth ride. Finding reliable people to help whether its marketing, wholesalers, etc has been a great challenge. Additionally, the funding of a small business has been a struggle. Only desiring to stand firm on the reason the company started requires the use of the most quality ingredients which comes with a price tag. GenEsscents relies on loyal consumers in order to maintain our quality. With this said, we are 5-years in and the profit is still in the foreseeable future. The drive to provide people alternative healthy options and the testimonials we receive from our clients is what keeps us going. Through it all, I’ve learned to stay focused and grounded in your why and always look to the future through the hard times.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Professionally, I am a Physician Assistant specializing in Infectious Diseases. I’ve been practicing for 15 years. I love what I do because infections are real and antibiotics are temporary. I actually can heal someone’s infection while teaching them about healing their body as a whole with all the knowledge I’ve learned with my own story.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
Just having loving parents who made sure I was taken care of. They were hardworking and did what they could to ensure we had a great life. The love they extended was immeasurable.
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