Today is the day. I have been preparing for this launch for months, even years. I always knew I wanted to contribute something to this strange club in which I’ve found myself – the club of people who have lost loved ones to suicide. It’s not much but it’s something and I am so proud of the finished product.
My story is this: my dad took his own life when I was three months shy of my fifth birthday. It had a devastating effect on my family and has truly shaped who I am as an individual. I believe that had the times been different, my dad would have had a place to go and people to talk to to help him through his demons and come out on top. Instead, he chose to end his life and leave us behind to pick up the pieces.
My dad was an amazing man. He had a light within him that literally changed the feeling of a room when he walked in. People will always recant hilarious stories of his party antics and even to this day remember word for word some of the things he said. They all tell me how wonderful he was. My heart breaks that he was suffering so much on the inside and no one knew. He didn’t feel like he could talk to anyone and I wish the situation would have been different.
Times have changed and it’s time to change the conversation about suicide. Way back in the day, cancer was a word that was whispered and now there are world wide efforts to talk about it and cure it. There is no reason that these efforts can’t be there for suicide prevention as well. It’s time to shed light on this epidemic and stop hiding behind the stigma anymore.
Wick’d is my 4th child. It is a true labor of love and I am so thrilled to share it with you. Every single candle is made in my kitchen with tiny helpers named Chloe, Lucy, and Gabriel. They are my scent testers, label put-er on-ers, and my non-stop cheering section. They are my travel companions when we head to Amish country to buy wax and tins. Between those three and my incredible and supportive husband, I would be lost and Wick’d would still just be an idea in the back of my brain.
The scents are chosen for a reason. Calm; to help center and calm you, Healthy; to help keep you in fighting shape, Energy; to help keep you on your toes, Happy; to remind you of summer days, and Yummy; to bring you seasonal goodness. The Yummy scent will changed on a seasonal basis and will have something to do with scents from my childhood. For example the current Yummy scent reminds me of my mom’s strawberry pie. Mmmm. On the back of each candle you will see the frightening statistics about suicide.
I have set up a Shopify storefront where you can buy all the candles. It’s so easy! The site is: wickdbyjoliefete.com
I want to thank all of you for your support. I also want to invite all of you to share this shop with your friends and family. You would be shocked to find out how many people you know that have been affected by suicide. Please help me start an open conversation about how to help those who suffer and finally bring this subject into the light.