An Honest Update + A Look Ahead

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

So, it's been a few months of doing this whole candle making and selling thing online. And the one thing I really wanted to do with my products and my brand was keep it human. So that's exactly what I'm going to do.

No TL;DR on this one. Condensing it to bullet points feels hollow.

I am going to admit outright, right now, before I chicken out: I am not enjoying what I am doing anymore. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of what I make and send and the community we're building together. But the actual candle making part? Not so much. I feel like a one-person assembly line worker. Like the reasons I started doing what I love has become lost and foggy. And I feel like it shows in my work.

I've lost my passion for what I do, caught up in making so many of the same things with seemingly no solution. But I remember loving every moment of starting this crazy little adventure, and I'm not ready to call it quits yet.

I'm a bit too stubborn for that.

So... I think I'm going to take some me time for a bit, let things calm down in my personal life, and take a step back. I need to re-evaluate my personal priorities as well as those of the business, and I hope you will still be with me when I come back up for air.

If you'd like a candle to arrive in time for Easter this year, you must order by March 21st. The last orders will be shipped out by the end of March, but any orders placed after the March 21st deadline risk being late for the holiday.

As of March 29, 2021, Aspects will stop receiving orders for approximately a month, and the site will be reverted to its "Big Things are Coming Soon" splash page. This is not only the time to re-evaluate my life I mentioned previously, but I will also be moving across the country with my family to start something new.

Part of the reason I am taking the entire month of April to myself is that Aspects is moving from Charlottesville, Virginia to (likely) Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nothing is set in stone yet, but myself and my family are looking to move out west after nearly 14 years in the commonwealth. We're all ready for something new, and I'm hoping to continue growing Aspects after we move. I will still continue shipping to the United States and Canada, but you may notice shipping costs fluctuate a bit to reflect this change. The free First Class shipping on orders over $35 policy will remain, however.

I'm also adding a new shipping tier: on orders greater than $50, you qualify for free USPS Priority Shipping as one of the many ways I want to say thank you so much.

I hope you all can bear with me as I try to piece my life together so I can build a sustainable future for all of us. I will try to keep the news feed updated and emails sent to keep you in the loop about what is happening behind closed doors.

Thank you so much and I will see you in the future.

- The Witch

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