Kim was born in California, but spent her younger years in Missouri. She'd visit California, helping at her grandmother's restaurant in Big Bear, California, where she met her husband, Ryan, who was born and raised in Joshua Tree. One winter, after working together at Snow Summit, Kim and Ryan moved to Joshua Tree and have made their home here. Kim works at the 29Palms Marine Air Ground Combat Center, assisting Marines and their families with any special needs the family may have when they arrive in the Hi-Desert. Kim and her husband are also partners in Joshua Tree Candle Company, with their neighbors, Kurt and Suzette Koptis and, as you will hear in this episode, the candle business is definitely a family affair. Kim also has a unique sign and home decor business called The Tiny Cactus.