C R O W N E D C O N F I D E N C E
Starting my candle business back up during one of the darkest seasons of my life was scary and uncomfortable. I left my full time job and decided to stay home with my 1 year old son to heal. I knew with all that was in me that my story wasn’t over, I was to serve a greater purpose. In the midst of this journey the only thing I could do was to trust that this was what God wanted me to do. I took a financial risk that could possibly affect my family’s future. I was grounded in the truth that God would provide and that was where he wanted me.
While my faith was put to the test, I found my confidence!
It may seem unorthodox that I would find my confidence while jumping into something that can feel so overwhelming and oftentimes, especially in the beginning, insignificant and unseen. But God met me there and began to teach me my WORTH. Not because I was doing everything perfectly, but because I was a daughter trusting her Father to lead her in a new way. And along that journey of learning confidence, I’ve met other women and business owners who have similar stories of taking a leap of faith, which leads me to how Bryn and I met...
When I discovered Bryn, owner and founder of Taj Hat Co, I was so captivated by her unique style and process that days after discovering her, I kept having this vision of a collaboration of some sort. To be quite honest, I couldn't identify exactly how it would work, but knew it was supposed to happen. I kept wondering, how do hats and candles have anything to do with one another? But discovered that the key process to create both products was strikingly similar. In the same way that wax requires heat to melt it down to a malleable substance, felt hat bodies require heat and steam to soften the material enough to be molded and shaped. And with time and skill, those materials become something beautiful... sounds a lot like what God does with us and what he had been doing with me in the process of building my own confidence. So when I realized that connection, I wanted to create a physical reminder of that confidence! Me being a hat lover, it was perfect!
As some of you know, I am very intentional in all that I do because I believe we all were created on purpose with a purpose, however, it is easier said than done. I say that because we constantly are at battle with the thoughts and Ideas of this world. Whether that be things spoken over us from childhood, things we have experienced, seen or heard, they all play a part in shaping us.
When thinking of the collaboration, I thought of this:
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground...take the helmet of salvation"
That was it! It all made sense. This hat for me was a physical representation of “The helmet of salvation. In the Roman army, the helmet served as protection of the head, which is a vital part of us as humans and this piece of armor is protection. To protect the head is to not only protect our mind and thoughts, but also our eyes, ears and mouths; some of the primary ways that we experience and engage with the world. Clearly, something very worthy of being protected. And as the head leads the rest of the body, the helmet of salvation, provided by the death and resurrection of Jesus, is what guards us on this journey and the true reason we can walk with confidence!
And in the same way this hat represented confidence to me, I wanted to create a representation of confidence through my own craft, candle making. Our first task was to ask ourselves, if confidence had an aroma, what would it be? The picture that followed that question was the quiet strength of a balsam forest, towering coconut groves, almond blossoms and an earthy spice laced through it all. Even down to the vessel, we wanted to build on this theme of boldness and confidence and chose a beautiful light grey stonewashed matte glass which feels understated but also has an element of elegance. Paired with the natural wooden wick, it’s truly the perfect balance of beauty and simplicity.
Alexis Nickelle Wilson