I have so many plans for 2023.
Back in late October, Dean and I made the decision to retire. In fact, Dean had already done so in July, but I had kept working while somedays he came along to help.
After just four months of operating as a sole trader, it became clear that there are more important things in life than doing what I was doing for a living. So, we discussed our finances, trimmed the fat as much as possible, and decided that, in fact, we could manage if I stopped working. Albeit it has taken me quite some time to get used to the idea that I am retired.
With no more cleaning of other people’s homes on my (our) horizon, I’ve turned my attention to perfecting the candles I’ve been making.
Late last year, both family and friends received candles to test.
How is the scent? Does it have a cold throw? Does it fill the room when the candle is lit? What about the wick? Does it light? Does it burn? Does the candle last as long as I have said it should?
There were so many questions and a lot of testing going on.
But finally, I discovered the perfect ‘recipe’ and the correct wick for the size of jar I had selected. I even designed a logo, as well as the name and warning labels.
No prizes for guessing what gifts were given out over Christmas.
I think my homemade, hand-poured, sox wax candles make a heartfelt gift and I’ll continue to give them to family and friends for all sorts of reasons.
So this year, I’ll continue my candle-making journey and if I can/could carve out a little niche market that covers the cost of supplies, that would be a lovely added bonus.
It’s ok if I can’t or don’t, because I enjoy making candles and it gives me pleasure to hand them out as gifts.
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