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Conversations with Mecca Walker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mecca Walker.

Hi Mecca, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
After taking a four years hiatus and leaving Los Angeles for Atlanta, I decided to move back to my 2nd home, deeply affected by Nipsey Hussle’s death I wanted to come home to give back and to a community that I knew, I came back September 2019 and immediately started working on getting settled but nothing was going as planned. I realized that I had anxiety out of this world and I went into a deep depression for multiple reasons. Seven months into being back, March 23rd, 2020 Los Angeles County declared shut down due to COVID 19 and I had nothing but time to sit home and get into my spiritual self. I started meditating again, praying, doing yoga for 60 days straight but I still had plenty of anxiety and panic attacks, giving me major tension headaches and I was tired of taking over the counter medication, which eventually I got immune to. I went to Pinterest and researched essential oils that I could use to help me ease the pain of my headaches and calm me down when having these attacks.

At this point, George Floyd was murdered, our community was hurting, black men and women were stressed, tired and mental health became the center of our conversations and so I decided to start an Instagram page called Vibe Vision and Mind where I wanted to create an online community for the black community and those allied, I would speak on meditation, therapy and building a safe space within us and that’s when my first product was created, Zen Tf Out anxiety rollerball, which is an essential oil blend to be applied to your temples to help relieve your headaches. I started using it for two months before even thinking about selling it. That was my only product at first and I would advertise it on my Instagram, then after handing it to a few friends and family members and realizing it actually worked, Everyday Vibe LA the shop was born, I then expanded and created bath salts that helped your root and crown chakra, a multi-purpose body oil, sold Sage bundles and about four more products all made with intentions to alleviate stress and mental wellness.

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?
Yes and no, Yes because of the timing, I launched June 10th, 2020 a few days before Juneteenth and our black community showed up and showed out as well as anyone excited for me and my new business, so sells and support wasn’t an issue (humbly speaking), however, running a business all by yourself, shipping, packing, answering emails and hand making all products as well as social media marketing is definitely a challenge to keep up with, especially when I pretty much created it overnight and had such a high demand to produce.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Outside of helping/educating others on mental wellness and selling self-care products, My day job is a 8-3 working with children with special needs in the LA unified school system and helping them improve their behaviors socially and in an Academic setting. I believe in pouring into others in many ways from my day job to my business. A lot of us are broken, misunderstood, still dealing with our inner child as adults and surprisingly many don’t know what it is like to be loved or cared about genuinely so working with these kids gives me so much joy to get to know them, praise them and befriend them as them rest of the world may view them as different and or can be uncomfortable with them. I am most proud of only working in this industry for almost two years now and being promoted to be a mentor to others coming into this industry and my specific company that I work for. I plan to further my education in the near future going back to school and so much more to continue to pour into these kids and my outside community of black and brown individuals by educating and loving on them, what sets me apart from others, I genuinely care what’s going on.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Use your connections if you have them, don’t be shy and don’t be reserved in asking for help, it’s ok to only form business relationships with someone who you know has also started or owns their own business. Lean on those in the same circles by attending free and paid events locally. Join accountability groups if you don’t know anyone personally. What has worked for me is definitely leaning on my colleagues from Art school and mutual friends that I’ve met in passing, many are very successful and also have started their own businesses during the pandemic so we have leaned on each other a lot, had meetings and bounded ideas off of each other.

Pricing:

  • Zen TF out Rollerball $8
  • Queen Glow $15
  • Room Sprays $12
  • Sacral Joy Sugar scrub $10
  • Yoni Nectar $15

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Image Credits
Photos by Mecca Walker

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