We had the good fortune of connecting with Cristin McElroy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cristin, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Hands down helping others has always been my number one core value! I am an empathetic person having always been attracted to helping others in many facets. This comes quite naturally to me, I believe it’s a gift I was born with so it’s my duty to use my natural talents and serve others. I have a “CAN DO ATTITUDE!” Nothing motivates or inspires me more than someone telling me “you can’t do that!” I feel so blessed to be able to own a business that helps so many women attain confidence and and a renewed self worth.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
For those who do not know, electrolysis is a medical procedure to remove unwanted hair. I predominately work with women who suffer from unwanted facial hair growth that is caused by disease, hormonal changes, or heredity. What an honor it is to serve these clients and be able to share in their journey. Electrolysis is certainly a journey, it takes about eighteen months to two plus years to complete treatment. In this time I get to know my clients very intimately and share in their personal joys and struggles in everyday life. I have state of the art, award winning equipment that I only use at my practice which equates to maximum efficiency and comfort. I am excited to announce that I am currently working on an all natural post care cream for the face. I only use all natural products in my office and have been doing a lot of research into medicinal herbs which I will be including in my product. I am hoping to release this product by spring! I am affiliated with the American Electrology Association and the Georgia Electrology Association. We are held to the highest standards in Electrology education, practice and ethics and champions state licensing and regulation of the profession to protect the public interest. One of the valuable lessons I have learned is always plan for the unexpected! When Covid hit and my town had a mandatory shut down of all business I panicked! I watched other small business’ go under all around me, closing their doors after investing all their time and personal savings to stay afloat. I fought hard during this time and didn’t take a break, I am always at the ready and started a new venture selling athletic wear online to stay afloat. I am grateful my business is located in a town that was one of the first to lift restrictions and allow us to open earlier than other parts of the country. A tip from me….have at least six months of savings equal to what your rent is to plan for the unexpected.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I am an outdoor enthusiast my itinerary is going to be action packed. We would start out the week with a hike to Amicalola Falls State Park which is home to the highest waterfall in Georgia. There is also an amazing view of Atlanta from one of the trails towards the top you don’t want to miss. Depending on where you start your hike, either top of the falls or the lower, there are perfect picnic areas to rest and enjoy a packed lunch. Next day we would take our boat out on Lake Lanier. Tell eerie tales of the hidden undergound city and stop at the numerous islands to take a swim. We love to stop at Pelican Pete’s Tiki Bar & Grill. There is usually a band playing some great music and I highly recommend the yummy Bushwhacker frozen drink. It’s like a frozen chocolate milkshake for adults! There is always plenty of boat parking and we love that we can bring our four legged furry friends with us. Next day would be back to the action with a mountain bike ride at Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails. You don’t need to be a professional to ride these trails with many options of beginner trails you will love riding through the trees and most likely catch some wildlife while you are it. Next day would be back to the water with a day of kayaking down the Etowah River. We would head to Reformation Brewery for a cold brew once we get off the water followed by dinner at Riverstone Corner Bistro.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to throw a HUGE shout out to the Girl Scouts of America! I proudly served as a Girl Scout from 1981-1989. I am positive it was this organization that gave me the tools and confidence I use now to be a successful entrepreneur. I had the very best leader, Georgette Miller, she always made sure that we were serving, learning, and having fun doing it! Girl Scouts opened up an entire world to me that I didn’t even know existed.