We had the good fortune of connecting with Rafaela Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rafaela, how do you think about risk?
From my perspective, risks are simply leaps of faith. At least for me they’re something like that. I’m hoping for the best outcome. I cant see it but I’m hoping and trusting in the move. I believe that starting a business was a risk and/or leap of faith because I knew the road wasn’t going to be easy, I knew that I could potentially fail and be left with financial burdens. But how could we possibly get anywhere without taking the risks. Success isn’t possible without risks when it comes to the business world, and most areas of our lives really.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Gloryscent Beauty is a pro-melanin natural skin care brand designed to facilitate the journey to beautiful radiant skin through protection from environmental aggressors. This vision was inspired by the needs of women of color. I saw a gap that needed to be filled. And though, Gloryscent is not solemnly for women of color its a brand that recognizes the need, that recognizes the beauty and wants to contribute to the uplifting of shades of melanin. I love that I am bringing something beautiful and expanding the horizons for us women when it comes to skin care. I also love that it is something natural and beautifully packaged. We all deserved to feel free and uplifted like the queens we are. I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t easy at all to get here; which I feel like its not that far! I have shed many tears of frustration and insecurity, though my friends may not believe it but I have, and I think its totally normal. I have overcome because of faith and determination. There is no way I am giving up. I couldn’t bare giving up. Its not in my personality. I have learned that we can all achieve our goals and dreams if we let go of fear and take the risk or leap of faith. Life is short. Just do it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am not very sure about this one but for me a good time means eating good food, from different cultures and different settings. And we can not forget about dessert. There isn’t a lot to see in my area but there are a few awesome restaurants. I’d have to take them to Owl dinner for breakfast because it has been around for like a 100 years or something ahaha then take a walk around the Merrimack River and maybe do the little Ferry tour. I live in a very historical city so they do tours of those parts. I’d have to take them to Life Alive, a super delicious vegan restaurant in downtown. One of the other days we would have to got to Sizzling Kitchen, who have the best coconut shrimp spring rolls ever. A good dessert spot is Sweet Journeys so I’d have to take them there at some point. And of course we have to go to Boston because my little city would be out of things to show by the second day, not considering food. But it would be something along those lines. I am not a good itinerary planner to be honest!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t believe in the “I got here on my own” rhetoric. We all got where we wanted to be because of family, friends and even strangers and most of all the grace of God. I wouldn’t have come this far if it wasn’t for my significant other. He gave me the freedom to take the risks of launching a business. I was still in college when I began the journey but when I graduated I was able to take a year off and dive deep into building because he was willing take the burden for the time. I also have to shout out my pastors. They really helped me see myself as more than just another young woman that had a difficult up bringing. They helped me see that I was capable, able and more than enough to make it happen. When you launch a business, you have to be confident in what you have to offer. Imagine me launching this business but I am yet comfortable with who I am? It just wouldn’t have worked out very well. So yes, they gave me confidence through the Word.

Website: www.gloryscent.com
Instagram: !gloryscentbeauty
Linkedin: rafaela Gonzalez
Facebook: gloryscent_co

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