Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Myles.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started making coasters as a creative outlet in 2012. I have always loved gifting that was unique and meaningful, so for my boyfriend’s (now husband) birthday, I made my first set of coasters. He loved them so much and said that I really need to do something with them. I started making them just as gifts for family and friends (for birthdays, housewarming, anniversaries and Christmas) which resulted in them asking if I sold them.
With much encouragement from my husband and family, I started selling them to relatives and friends and eventually selling at my work’s holiday boutique at the time. I started off by making custom, sports teams, and Disney character coasters and they sold really well, but I wanted to do more. I didn’t want to just make coasters without a purpose.
Throughout my previous jobs, I just found myself stuck and wanting more spiritually and I didn’t feel like I was serving my purpose. I was raised Catholic, but it wasn’t until I met my husband, Rendle that I truly found God and started cultivating a relationship with Him. He has shown me that through God’s love I am meant to do so much more in this life and that’s to be a light and a blessing to others, to inspire others to seek His presence and to just share God’s truth & love.
Since my faith is something that has always been a part of me, I thought what better way to share my faith than to do it ONE COASTER AT A TIME! In November 2017, with the encouragement and support from my husband, I took a leap of faith and left my full-time job to be a full-time online product shop owner. I launched my online product shop on Etsy in January 2018 and then transitioned to my own website launch in July 2018.
Since then, I have participated in multiple market events, collaborated with some great businesses who have featured my coasters in their curated gift boxes and wholesale subscription boxes for boutique owners, donated a portion of our proceeds to the Ati Village, the indigenous tribe of Boracay Island, Philippines, met some amazing people along this journey and much more. If this is just the start of my second year in business, I’m excited to see what else God has in store for Coaster This!
Great, 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?
Oh boy, far from! I don’t think there is any business out there that has had a smooth road. Without the struggles and bumps along the way, there wouldn’t be room for any growth and improvement. For me, making the decision to leave my full-time job with a consistent salary to becoming a full-time entrepreneur was a difficult one, and it didn’t come overnight. It took years of prayer until I learned that if opening my online product shop was something I was going to do, then I needed to just do it, otherwise, it would never happen.
Then came everything else that follows starting your own small business… applying for a business license/seller’s permit to bookkeeping, to learning how to take product photos & branding photos, to knowing what to post and when to post on social media, to finding the right packaging material, to marketing Coaster This, to making all the coasters. I mean the list goes on.
I’ve learned that juggling all these things myself can be quite the challenge, but when I can turn to and trust in God, lean on my husband (who I like to call my CAZO – my Chief everything in between A to Z Officer because when it comes to coaster designs, marketing, process improvements, photography, etc. he’s always played a part in everything – but I digress), family and friends for love and encouragement, and seek advice and support from an amazing community of other entrepreneurs I’m unstoppable.
So thank you to all of you who of been a part of my Coaster This journey. I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart, and I wouldn’t be where I am today with Coaster This if it weren’t for you!
Coaster This – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
At Coaster This, I create uplifting and inspiring coasters to help remind women of God’s truth & love so that they can see Him through everything life brings their way.
While my specialty is uplifting and inspiring women one coaster at a time with our scripture, faith-based and motivational coasters, I really do it because… I love reminding women going through challenging times that they aren’t in it alone with our “When You Go Through Deep Waters, I Will Be With You” coaster.
I love encouraging the unsure high school/college student that they are meant for greatness with our “Let Your Light Shine” & “She Believed She Could So She Did” coaster. I love reminding stay-at-home moms that despite self-care being a low priority, taking care of all of the things other than themselves, that every morning they wake up that they are beautiful with our “Good Morning Beautiful” coaster.
I love helping other entrepreneurs push through tough days with our “You Got This” coaster. I love uplifting business women when the work gets too much not to let anything get in their way with our “Not Today Satan” coaster. I love reminding everyday women to start their day with gratitude as they are sipping on their morning coffee with our “Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart” coaster.
At the end of the day, I hope and pray that my coasters help women feel empowered, confident, productive, encouraged, inspired, motivated and loved and that they can also give and share these same feelings with others through coaster gifting! It’s through this experience and our heartfelt and meaningful coasters that truly sets Coaster This apart and is what we’re known for!
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment has been being able to say that I own a small business where I can share my God-given gifts & talents with the world and be able to give back to others to only give glory to God.
Something I’m very passionate about is serving and giving to others. God has given us a gift in which we are to serve others and be faithful stewards of His grace, [1 Peter 4:10], so serving by inspiring through my coasters and giving back with our coaster proceeds.
It started with a family mission trip back to my motherland of the Philippines. Ten years ago, my aunt and uncle started this mission in hopes that it would give the Ati Village a bigger and better future. This indigenous tribe has been discriminated against and displaced due to their lack of education and skin color, and although Boracay has benefitted from the boom of tourism, unfortunately, the Ati community has not.
My aunt and uncle had led smaller groups in the past, but Christmas of 2017, we made it a family affair of 50 family members! What seemed like a daunting task, to get our families all over the country from California, Oregon, Washington to Texas and Florida together for two weeks, ended up being the most magical and memorable experience of our lives because we were able to serve others as faithful stewards of God and to enjoy it together as one big family.
We had teams for administration, gospel & ministry outreach, basketball outreach, dental care, medical care, pharmacy, school building/construction, and photography. We each had a hand in serving the village, which is why we named our mission The Kamay Project (kamay in Tagalog means hand).
As a family, we used our hands to meet, welcome and communicate. We used our hands to take blood pressure readings, to provide dental exams & extract teeth and to provide reading glasses. We used our hands to make heart, fish, sword/cross balloons using symbols of the gospel to share the story of Jesus. We distributed prescriptions for antibiotics and vitamins as well as toiletries and dental supplies.
We played basketball, danced and had fun with the kids. We painted the school rooms to prepare for the upcoming school year. We prepared a New Years Eve Kamayan meal for the village! Serving the Ati Village allowed us to discover and develop our gifts. It allowed us to experience magical moments. It allowed us to feel joy and happiness.
Serving the Ati village was the best distraction from our own worries back home, worries that now seem so much smaller or things to not even worry about at all. Serving allowed us to experience God’s presence in a whole new way. Our intention was to help affect the lives of this Ati community, but in all actuality, it changed ours… it changed MY life!
Upon arriving back home and after much prayer, it weighed heavily on my heart to continue this mission. This experience is what inspired me to contribute a portion of our coaster proceeds towards Global Changers of Christ which directly impacts the Ati Village. When you purchase from Coaster This, you are doing much more than buying a coaster. You are lending a hand to meet the needs of the Ati Village.
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Rachel Myles, Rendle Myles, Mariza Gatdula, McKenna Bryn Photography