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Meet Damara Nesmith of Shop with Nysi, LLC.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Damara Nesmith.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?

First, I would not be where I am today without my family, friends, and God. I grew up in downtown Baltimore as an only child. I was raised in what some would consider an “impoverished area,” but I think of it as where leaders are made. In 2015, I graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. In the fall, I started my undergraduate career at Bowie State University, where I majored in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science. In 2021, I graduated from Morgan State University with my Master’s degree in Social Work. My passion for giving back to the community has always led me to pursue careers that align with that value and will continue to be a priority in my life.

Amid the pandemic, I began to make candles, leading to my candle business. Shop With Nysi LLC; we sell all-natural handcrafted candles, premium hand-dipped incense, and room sprays. Equally important, we provide information on Mental Health Awareness, Resources, and Self Care tips!

 We encourage everyone to do what is best for them  to ensure they can be the best version of themselves for themselves, their loved ones, and their friends!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?

There’s a quote that states, “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

The road was not easy, but it was necessary! I believe that there are always tests placed on your path to test your desire to achieve a goal. It’s about what you do with the obstacles that matter. I never allowed the challenges or barriers to deter me from my vision. It motivated me even more! I used the obstacles as fuel, which helped me throughout the process. I’d like to encourage those reading this article to keep going in spite of obstacles that may arise.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?

Shop with Nysi, LLC was founded in September 2020. We create handcrafted candles that promote balance in the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Our candles are made with love using a Soy-Beeswax blend with no additives or preservatives. Our fragrances are toxins-free!

Our mission is to create homemade products that promote balance in the mind, body, and spirit; and to bring awareness to the importance of self-care as it relates to Mental Health. Our goal is to educate the community on the benefits of self-care while bringing attention to the extent of overall physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

If you are on your Self-Love journey, follow our Instagram page! We prioritize self-care and encourage our customers to do what is necessary to reach their full potential and fill their cups! We also provide Mental Health Awareness,Resources, and Self Care Tips. Make sure you check out our site and sign up for our newsletter! Stay up to date on events, new products, and more! WWW.SHOPWITHNYSI.ORG

What do you like and dislike about the city?

Baltimore is what you make it. I love my city because it made me who I am today, the good and the bad. One of the reasons I decided to practice Social Work is to pour back into the community that contributed to who I am today. I have to pay it forward because I would not be me without Baltimore, and that will never change.

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