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Meet Trailblazer Candace Hershberger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Hershberger.

Candace, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been on this journey with thirty-one gifts (Praise Bags) since May of 2012! I started this journey because I needed a break from my precious girls, Esther (9) and Naomi (8), that I have the privilege of staying home with every day! It was and is a wonderful way for me to get out and get some girl time and meet amazing new ladies like yourselves!

Fast forward to April of 2013, my husband was diagnosed with cancer so my reason for staying and working with thirty-one definitely changed to be a bigger income provider for our family as my hubby went to treatments and Dr appointments and more! Never in a million years would I have thought that this purse selling fun would become a necessity for our little family. We also added a sweet little boy to our family, Titus (5)! I always say that Jesus knew I needed this before I did!

My husband’s cancer is finally in remission after six years of going through this journey! My reason with thirty-one is still to provide for my family, but now, I look forward to helping other women like me find a way to earn a bit more, or catch a small break from life at home, or to find great ways to organize. I can truly say that thirty-one has been way more than just a bag for me and I am excited to share all that we have to offer!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not always been smooth. There are for sure times you want to give up and try something else, but I would say that the book takes “Take the stairs” by Rory Vaden truly helped me know that if I was consistent then results would follow. I made a plan of working small focused times Monday through Friday and only work on one thing a day to focus in on that part of the business. It has grown to WAY more than I dreamed and I have been able to know results were coming as long as I put in the work and was consistent.

We’d love to hear more about Praise Bags/Thirty One Gifts.
I sell totes, organizing life items and amazing personalized gifts! Personalization is for sure the specialty and the meaning behind each bag, decor piece or jewelry matters! I really love praise bags brand as the Lord has truly been in this journey since the start and these bags and gifts bring so much joy to life! It is an honor to serve my customers to get that perfect gift for a friend or family member for any occasion.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I love the flourish together podcast and the book “Take the Stairs” by Rory Vaden that I mentioned before.

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JP O’Sullivan

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1 Comment

  1. Andrea Worley

    August 30, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    We adore Candace and are so inspired by her story of courage, strength and joy!! So glad you guys featured her!

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