A-ha! No wonder I am happier making a living by making the things that have always brought me calm throughout my life! I thought I would share a slightly edited (for privacy reasons) version of my response to her supportive email. And I should add…I love my friends and family. My husband, friends and family are a massive support system that keep me going through all of the ups and downs. Thanks to all of you. You know who you are.
Here is what I wrote in the email to my friend:
“i also reflect, like you said, on how much it has helped me through the rough times. what i think about now is that i can afford to do it the right way with real ingredients and not just crayons and old candles and those mexican prayer candles! the wax i use for each type of candle is meant for each type of candle so i don’t have pillar candles that “sag” like back then when i was broke. i have learned a lot about the process and temperatures and cooling times and the chemistry and physics of it all. so now mine are better than a lot of other ones people are selling. mine look cooler, smell stronger and better and burn longer, cleaner and more evenly than most homemade candle makers. i have used just about every type of wax out there and i am a true believer in my super anal process that i have developed over the many years of making. most customers probably just like the custom label thing and picking out their fragrance…but what they don’t know is that i am an expert and they’re getting something they are about to love more than they thought when they clickity clicked the payment button. i have been getting a lot of awesome feedback from my custom order people and it is so freaking rewarding. more than any job i have ever had. and i get to be home with my animals in my beautiful kitchen looking out at the snow, not driving in it. looking out at my yard…not cubicle walls.”
I wanted to share that because I thought it might offer a glimpse of what my process does for me. My shop sales allow me to do what I have always done to be who I am. I think that is why I can confidently tell the world I’m really good at it!
Thanks to all of my customers who make this life a possibility!