In November of 2017, I was recovering from back surgery and, while burning a candle in my living room, the idea came to me. I loved great smelling candles and I needed a new hobby. I started playing around with wax and suddenly found myself loving my creations. I discussed with my fiancée, Grant, the possibility of starting a business, and he was very supportive. And I started doing online research and bought my first candle kit
After months of testing, I was finally happy with my products. I started brainstorming with Grant about ideas for a brand. One night, an idea popped into my head. I would merge my experience with mental illness, my love of humor, and my love of amazing scents to create my brand. We wanted our brand to be relatable, down to earth, and funny. We wanted our products to bring a smile to our customers' faces. We also wanted to bring awareness to mental illness and decrease the stigma that it carries. Soon after that, we came up with the idea of highlighting organizations that help those affected by these disorders. We gave these organizations a spot in our website and decided to donate a percentage of our proceeds to them. When it comes to this cause, we really want to make a difference, and, in a small way, our humble donation does that.
Our brand is funny, easy-going, and unapologetic. We are who we are. Like us or don't. We believe that life is more than the shitty situations we are forced to experience. We believe that mental illness does not define us, it merely means that we need to work a little harder than others to keep afloat. We believe that by talking about our struggles, just as we discuss diabetes or hypertension, we will begin to increase acceptance.
I have lived with depression and anxiety since I was a teen. I've struggled throughout my life. Going on and off medication, starting and stopping therapy... the bottom line is that I know the struggle of living with mental illness and I know the challenges my loved have ones have experienced while dealing with my mental illness. It is not easy, and I can't just get over it, but I can keep moving forward. If I can't get rid of it, I definitely won't let it consume me.
I share my story because I think is important for us to see examples of people coping with mental illness. This is not Hollywood; we don't all get our happy ending, but we do get to make the best of what we've been given. I'm here to assure you that you are not alone. I am glad that you are here. I love hearing your stories. I love hearing about how our products show up in your life - during the happy times and the crappy ones. Please feel free to reach out to me and send me a message here, on Facebook or on Instagram. We've created a space on Instagram where we can all go to laugh at memes, learn more about my product and, most importantly, connect. So, don't be afraid to stop by and say, "what's up?" If you're still reading this, I think we will be good friends. And you can't ever have too many of those.