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Rising Stars: Meet Kay Marbury

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kay Marbury.  

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The Mi Amor Brand was created after losing my daughter Zyhaire Amor. I had no idea how to navigate through my own grief, comfort my younger siblings, or even comfort my parents. Traditional coping mechanisms were not working for me. So, I resolved to keep her memory alive by creating The Mi Amor Brand which houses “Mi Amor dance and Fitness” (my dance studio), “Made with Mi Amor” (my natural hair and skincare company), and my newest addition “Oh Kay” which is a blog I’ve created for mothers like myself who have suffered the loss of a child in any way. I’ve named most of my products for Made with Mi Amor after things my daughter once said such as “you’re the best mommy”, “Are you ok”, “Little Form”, and “Moonlight”. All of these things have worked together to help me cope with her death and keep her memory alive in my daily life. I did not want to forget her smile, voice, things she’s said, the scents I washed her in, etc. So much of who I am is because of what I learned being her mom even for just the short time I had with her. My mentor Melissa saw something in me and helped me create natural skincare products from the ground up, I know without her guidance I would not be where I am now in my business. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! I work full time, I go to school full time, and I run my business. Nothing about it is easy and it never has been. However, I know if it were easy everyone would do it. Getting started was hard no loans, grants, or financial help beyond my own savings is all I had when I got started. Making a quality product was hard, expanding my products became challenging, but naming the products became one of my biggest challenges all before launching the idea to the public. I did not really understand who my target audience was but I still decided to shoot for the stars with my idea and determination to make it work. Creating this new baby (business) with my child in mind was a struggle I felt like the grieving process had started over again. I went through several seasons of starting my business and putting a pause on everything until finally I just put it all out there and see how people responded to my products. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I work full-time in the automotive industry. However, I think I’m most known for dancing, teaching dance, and my soap products. I specialize in creativity in all art forms which makes my creativity with my products a fun process. I am most proud of not giving up despite the struggles of life I am proud that I overcame being a shell of a woman after losing my only child. That alone is the biggest accomplishment I have. 

This year The Mi Amor Brand will be honoring Mothers of all walks of life by hosting a pre–Mother’s Day brunch “Moms and Marigolds” for women who have struggled with motherhood, child loss, or even becoming a mother. 

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you? |
I love collaborating with other people and businesses. I can be reached via email at miamore810@gmail.com, via my website www.themiamorbrand.com, or on my social media platforms @The Mi Amor Brand. For me support comes in many forms, a shared post, word of mouth, product reviews, etc. helps me grow my business in many ways. 

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