Creator. Adventurer. Business Owner
Lindsey: Tell us a little bit about who you are and how you got the idea for Rest Well & Co
McKayla: Rest Well & Co is a company I started this year because it was a dream I had with the Lord. I’ve always loved the idea of living out of a place and lifestyle of rest. I don’t mean rest as in not having a job or being lazy. I mean whatever you’re doing; whether it is a job, pursuing a dream, building a house or a business, living out of a place of rest. Rest is something that the Lord has called us into through Jesus. I knew that was part of my calling and wanted to impart that into people. I feel like the Lord gave me a dream to build a business that encourages people to give them rest and give them a way to do that. I’ve always loved hammocks, so the Lord gave me an idea for making hammocks for people out of my own heart and my own creativity, and giving it to them as a symbol of rest. Even if they don’t use the hammock that much, it’s still symbolizing rest to them, and to me, it’s a symbol of me imparting rest to them and inviting them to that place. My heart honestly is that through the colors that people choose (I always let people choose their own colors for their hammock and I want it to be an expression of their own heart) I would invite them to be still for a little bit with the Lord.
If people buy it and they spend 10 minutes sitting in it a day with the Lord, that’s still 10 minutes of being still in a really busy world. That’s why I started it. It’s really simple. It wasn’t this big dream. I just thought, “ya know what? I’m called to show people how to rest and create a business to show people how to do that.” So I did.
L: What did you want to be when you grew up?
M: I went through phases of wanting to be just about everything you could be that included adventure. When I was really young I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse because that’s what my mom was. I grew up in a house that hardly ever went to the doctor because my mom took care of us. So I thought, I want to be a doctor! A couple years later I thought, “No, no. I want to be an astronaut because I want to explore space. How fun would that be? At one point I wanted to be a firefighter. When I got old enough to start really thinking about what I wanted. I knew in my heart I really wanted to build something that was my own and I built with my own hands. That’s what my dad has done. I love it. I don’t want to work for anybody else. I think I was 12 or 15 when I figured that out. I want to work for myself and have my own creativity provide for me.
I’ve always loved the idea of living out of a place and lifestyle of rest.
L: If you could give your teenage self a piece of advice, what would it be?
M: That’s really easy. I was looking back at my teenage self, and I’m 22 so I’m not that much older, but I think I’d look back at myself when I was 15 or 16, and I would tell myself not to be discouraged by how big the world is and by all the opportunities. I would tell myself it’s okay not knowing exactly what you wanted to do. I think I was insecure as a teenager because I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do, and I felt like I was kind of blown by the wind. Every decision I made along the way lead me to where I am. I think I’d tell myself hush up, stop being stressed out, enjoy the ride, and you will figure it out. Me and my friends as teenagers all felt pressured to pretend like we knew exactly what we wanted to do, when we really didn’t. It was this cause of stress and I think it caused some people to be depressed because everyone else seemed to have life figured out and we didn’t. I would look back at myself and say it’s okay to not have it figured out yet, ‘cause you will figure it out.
L: Exactly. We’re all out here living life for the first time.
M: I look at people that pretend to know exactly what they’re doing and I think, “that’s cute.” You keep doing that. I’m gonna keep doing me over here and not quite know what I’m going to do, but I’m enjoying life. I think that’s part of what I would tell myself as a teenager, “Hey just enjoy it.” When you don’t have all the bills to pay and all the stress on you yet.
L: We spend our lives trying to grow up too quickly and then we grow up and think, “ah crap.”
M: Yeah, and we didn’t enjoy it.
L: What inspires you?
M: Lots of things inspire me. I think the people around me, my parents, and my close friends sharpen me in creativity. When I see other people’s creativity it doesn’t make me jealous because I think comparison really is the thief of creativity, but it makes me wanna more creative. I think, “man that came out of them because the intentionally let it flow.” I want my creativity to flow that much and I’m going to sharpen that skill. My family really inspires me and all their dedication to their own creativity and how well we call out life in each other. Even the smallest bit of creativity, they’re the first ones I want to show. They’re always like, “That’s amazing!” Even when my first hammock wasn’t the most comfortable, but they were like, “that’s amazing!” They call that out in me. This is probably going to tie back to living from a place of rest. Honestly, the thing that inspires me the most is just being with the Lord. Sitting with him. Resting with him. That is honestly what inspires me the most. I’m enjoying the Lord, and knowing that He enjoys me. Always, without fail, some kind of creativity comes with just enjoying the Lord. When I choose to delight in Him and know that He delights in me, there’s always something good that comes out of it like an idea for a hammock, business, or music, always comes. Within that, I love climbing mountains. I love adventurous things and being out in nature, but to me, that’s all just being with the Lord. If I’m on top of the mountain I’m just saying, “You’re amazing!” The Lord! He inspires me!
When I see other people’s creativity it doesn’t make me jealous because I think comparison really is the thief of creativity
L: I love that seeing the creativity in others doesn’t drive you to comparison, but it drives you to the Lord to pull that creativity out of yourself. I think that’s incredibly important and wise.
M: Everyone’s creativity is a little bit different. I will never have your creativity. It’s just like a thumbprint. Everyone’s thumbprint is different. Theodore Roosevelt said that comparison is the thief of joy, but I think comparison is the thief of peace, the thief of creativity, and the thief of unity. It steals all sorts of things. There’s a verse in Proverbs that says, “Wrath is cruel and anger is a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?”(Proverbs 27:4) Comparison is the beginning of jealousy and pride. I told God, I don’t want those things near me because I think that they ruin life.
L: If you could utilize $1,000,000, how would you use it?
M: I would actually use this to open up my own business as a storefront that houses creativity. It would sell what my business carries and what my friends’ businesses’ carry. I’d want photographers to have their photography up. I’d want any artists I knew to have their pieces up. I’d want my best friends furniture to be in there, too. My little brother wants to open up his own coffee shop one day, and I’d love for that to be in there, too. The storefront would eventually have classes specifically geared towards women coming out of the slave trade or kids who have been rescued and utilize art therapy. I’d want to hire those women to work in the store as a way to provide for them. If I could jumpstart that business that would provide not only for my creativity but for others creativity, and that would provide a place for being rescued from the slave trade, that would be an amazing dream to me that I’d start it tomorrow if I could! But that’s just the beginning! I’d give the rest of it to people who are in debt. I was actually thinking about this the other day. I’d like to help people who are in debt, get out of debt. As many people as I could. The people who are close to me and are bound by debt can’t pursue what’s in their heart, and I want to help set them free. I’d also want to invest some of it so that it could generate more. I’d never look at a million dollars and spend it and not make it generate or produce itself.
My walk with Abba is everything.
L: How has your spiritual life affected your lives work?
M: Man, I don’t think I’ve ever thought of that question. My spiritual life IS my life. It’s not that there’s my spiritual life and then there’s my life. My walk with Abba, that’s what I call the Lord because of (Romans 8:15) that says we get to cry out Abba Father, and I thought that was the most intimate way to talk to God. My walk with Abba is everything. My walk with Abba IS my business. I told Him, it’s His business, not mine. It’s how I navigate my friendship, business, family. It’s how I dream and it’s how I do. Down to fitness! Everything is out of my relationship with Him. The idea for the business was the Lord’s. I am pouring my energy and time and money, but it’s His, too. This was God’s idea. His delight is over it, and I just get to enjoy it. How gracious of Him to pick something for me to do that I fully enjoy! I’m over here spending time and money…most nights I’m making hammocks and not with my friends. I have not gotten tired of it yet. It’s something that I love so much but I never knew it! My simple answer to that question is that my spiritual life is everything and affects everything, down to the smallest decision I make.
L: Last question, what do you want to be remembered for?
M: Oh…I like that question. I haven’t thought about that very much but I have thought about that a few time. When I have thought about that I have thought about having kids and having grandkids, and down the line what I’d like to be remembered for by them, and I’d even go so far as to say if I was with the Lord right now (which by the way is fine with me). Right now, if the Lord was like, “McKayla you’re with me now and I left,” I’d want people to remember me by seeing them. Mckayla really cared about me. When she talked to me, I was the only person in the room. I’d really like people to remember me for compassion and kindness. I’ve never thought about being known for doing something awesome. Ending sex slavery would be awesome, but even then I wouldn’t want to be known just for that. I’d want to be known for my interactions with people and how well I love, which is a really challenging thought. How have I not done that recently? With the people that I spend the most time with, have I not loved them well? If I left right now, would they not feel loved by me? I want people to say she loved me well. Whoever they are, if they’ve interacted with me I want them to say she loved well. I think that’s the point of sharing the Gospel. Words are great, but the actions and way you care for someone matters more than the words you share with them. I shared the Gospel without saying anything to anyone, and they brought it up. I’d like to live my life in such a way they felt heaven, they’ve felt the love of Jesus.