Today we’d like to introduce you to Krystalle Wheeler.
Hi Krystalle, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Nine years ago, I had a miscarriage and a stillbirth six months apart. Sandwiched in the middle, we also lost my SIL and niece when she was 37 weeks along in her pregnancy. Death and grief surrounded us. I kept reliving my situation and wondered the age old question of why. Why us, why our daughters and why our family. It didn’t take long for me to understand my calling. I had women sharing with me their story of loss and I couldn’t believe how common it was. All of these wounded women working careers and raising families, all the while most of them going through it alone. I began gathering meaningful items that would equip them to grieve with hope. I met women face to face in the Kansas City area and provided them with our gift. Without a college degree but armed with knowledge from mentors, Lullaby of Hope was formed. We became a nonprofit, have grown to seventeen volunteers and now ship our gifts all over the world.
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?
Going from a SAHM to a leadership role was not a seamless transition. I did a lot of things backwards but I am grateful for every bump along the way. It taught me to be a humble leader, to listen and to genuinely care for my team. A lot of refinement and character building was gained as I mustered up the confidence and courage to keep persevering through my inadequacies. There was also a time after our website launched that I found myself crying on my bedroom floor as we got a gift request every minute. We are solely fueled by volunteers and I was burdened for them and also for the grieving mamas. Since then, we have been able to grow more sustainable.
As you know, we’re big fans of Lullaby of Hope. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Lullaby of Hope is a ministry for women journeying loss in the womb. We want women to know that they are not alone, seen, loved and wonderfully made. Our team of volunteers have all journeyed a similar path and want to encourage and support your loved one. Our wonderfully made gift box is intended to help her grieve with hope. Included in our gift is a devotion, scripture+adoration cards, bracelet, ornament, hormone balancing tea and a handwritten note from our team.
If you want to get involved, we would love for you to host a packing party, where you bring up to 10 friends and pack hundreds of gifts at once. Each gift that you handle will go directly to a grieving mama.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I have been blessed by many mentors in my professional and personal life. Some have been a one time meet up and others have been cherished for years. A great way to find mentorship is to ask people that hold qualities that you admire. Be vulnerable and share what your weaknesses are and what you hope to gain from them. You are not asking for a hand out or for start up money, you just simply want their advice and that is such a compliment. Through mentorship, I have learned how to write bylaws, advocate for my nonprofit, navigate conflicts, gain new ideas and vision and build lasting friendships.
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