Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Galbreath.
Hi Andrea, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In 2019, I became engaged, and instead of dropping thousands of dollars on an event venue, we decided to invest that money in updating my fiancé’s home, so we could have our wedding there. I was in charge of the landscaping, and that’s when I was introduced to the magical world of succulents. I finished the yard in February 2020, and exactly one month later the great 2020 Coronapocalypse began. I was a Social Worker and Corporate Wellness Coach at the time, and all of my contracts were abruptly canceled. I decided to take a lesson from the succulents I loved, and that was to adapt and thrive. I started sharing my love of succulents with friends and family, and my business took off.
My corporate wellness career and relationship ended up tanking, but my love for sharing succulents has grown exponentially! Just Succ It is now a national brand, shipping gifts all over the country, adding succulent magic to events, and making home gardens a gorgeous and peaceful retreat.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Is any road really smooth? Lol! I’m a firm believer that if you love what you do, every struggle is really just an opportunity in disguise. My biggest issue has been with getting supplies. There are have been many delays or the supplies I use are discontinued. Yes, it can be frustrating in the moment, but then I remember there’s a solution to every problem and then I start looking for it. I almost always find something better than what I initially had, so it always works out.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Just Succ It LLC?
Just Succ It, LLC is a woman-owned/minority-owned national brand that offers fun and unique succulent inspired gifts, arrangements, and designs for all occasions. Being a social worker, I make sure that people and experiences come first, and that’s one of the things that sets us apart from others.
Before I create a gift box, I ask myself “What will bring people the most joy?” Sometimes I get a funny idea like the Dating Succs box, and other times I get something inspirational, like the SUCCess Box. I do the same thing when I’m making arrangements or coming up with custom boxes for my corporate customers. All that matters is that people feel joy when they’re working with me or when they receive a gift from Just Succ It.
I’m most proud of how many people I’ve introduced to the magic and beauty of succulents. I mean, not only are they amazingly cool, but they’re also inspiring. The way they adapt and thrive is a lesson that most humans could use, and I try to share that every day. I call it Embrace the Succ!
I am currently working on a curriculum that can be taught in schools using succulents to teach children about adapting and thriving. Can you imagine how powerful our kids could be if they learned at a very early age, in a very real way, that they already have everything they need inside of them to grow and thrive? Succulents can teach them that in a way that they’d remember. It’s so exciting!
A portion of the proceeds from every sale goes to an organization that supports at-risk children, and I often hold month long fundraisers for other organizations. As an example, For Pride 2021, I will be donating all of the proceeds from the June sales of the new Pride Box to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
All of my gift boxes can be shipped anywhere across the contiguous United States, and I’m available for virtual or in-person consultations for custom gifts, events, outdoor planters, or succulent garden tapestries.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I was a very shy and timid child often getting lost in books and my own imagination. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence but I learned very early on to fake it until I made it. Funnily enough, I loved to be on stage. I was a tap dancer and loved musical theater. I even loved public speaking! Still do. But if you put me in a group of people, I’d become silent because I was unsure of what to say or do.
In hindsight, it’s not terribly surprising that I became a social worker. I loved helping people when I was kid. I stood up to bullies for kids who couldn’t do it themselves. I never let a kid eat lunch alone. I’d give my lunch or lunch money to somebody who needed it. I think sharing love has always been my purpose.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.justsuccit.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/justsuccit
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Paul Obleas took the photos of me wearing the pink head wrap.