What Coastal Cove Means To Me.
Hi! As most of you know, my name is Mikaela and I am one of the owners of Coastal Cove Candles. My dad and I do this business together.
This will be our second year into this business and I am so happy and pleased where our little candle company is today.
I just wanted to share my story with you and talk about how this candle company has changed my life.
I have always struggled with mental health challenges from a young age.
I can remember from a very very young age having a lot of anxiety.
From the anxiety, my depression formed. It wasn’t until the first year of highschool that the depression really hit hard. I struggled a lot and I was in very dark times up until over a year or so ago. Mental health is something that I’ve been dealing with my whole life. I’m currently 23.
I felt like I had no purpose in life, nothing made me truly happy, I felt alone, and felt like I was just “surviving”.
It took a lot of help and self reflection to work through a lot of my problems.
I started noticing that having a candle lit really helped me decompress and relax.
This really sparked my interest in creating something that was mine and that could really help with my health.
It may just seem like a candle, but I put my heart and soul into every candle we make. The candle company keeps me very busy which helps drastically. I also struggle with ADHD so keeping busy is good for my brain and body.
With that being said, I’ve also learned what my physical and mental capacity is.
From starting this candle business, it has provided me with a sense of purpose and has filled that hole I used to have.
I’m able to put my personality into all of our products and create something that is truly mine.
From designing the labels, to creating the perfect fragrances, it really is a form of self care. I’m able to make my own decisions and I’m able to witness the impact of my hard work which is incredible.
When I trim the wicks and label all of the candles, it really calms my mind and I enter a state of peace.
The feedback from all of our clients and maker friends is what keeps me going. It melts my heart every time someone shares their opinion on our products and the business alone. I can’t believe people actually like the products that I make, it’s crazy to think!
Attending local markets has really helped with my anxiety and made me come out of my shell. It was certainly not easy in the beginning, but I am so much more confident now.
I love being able to form long lasting relationships with our clients and learn about their lives.
We’ve had other businesses try and bring us down, we’ve had people call me an “aspiring entrepreneur” and have tried to make us feel small.
The old Mikaela would have gotten so discouraged. But I am so proud of the person I am today. Those words and comments do not faze me in the slightest.
Trying to recover from mental health challenges is a difficult and ongoing journey, but it is so important to remember that things do get better.
It's important to practice self-care and prioritize your mental health and learn what works for you.
Remember that recovery is not linear, and there will be setbacks along the way. However, it is possible to regain a sense of hope and control in your life.
I just wanted to shed some light on mental health and tell you that I am so proud of you and everything that you have and will accomplish.
I think people don’t hear that enough. People will be going through the toughest of times and will keep to themselves because they don’t want to be a “burden”.
I can tell you that you are not.
You will experience so many incredible things and meet so many incredible people, so please keep fighting.
Thank you for listening to my story and thank you for supporting my dream. This candle business would be nothing without all of the people who have and who keep supporting. I love you guys so much.