Today we’d like to introduce you to Gaby (Journee Milian) Colston.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Gaby. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
This journey started last year ’17 after walking out of a workplace that was full of harassment, negativity, and stagnated people. I knew I didn’t belong there from the time that I started. I knew that it would be my temporary place of employment, being that I’ve always wanted my hands on some type of entrepreneurship. I just didn’t know where I would start. I never understood why people didn’t want better for themselves. Why they were so comfortable fulfilling someone else’s dream?! Why they were ok with pouring out all of their energy to a workplace that can easily let you go if they FEEL like it or if you become sick, injured etc?! Why they were ok with less family time?! Why they were ok with not having any energy left to go home to work on their own dreams?! Don’t let the fear of bills stop you from achieving your goals. Why, “get paid to forget your dreams”?!
Anyone who knows me, know that I love to help people in whatever way that I can. I’ve helped people in more ways than I’ve helped myself, and I’m ok with that. I’m just learning to balance it all out. I know that there are lots of people who feel that there is no way out or that they aren’t creative etc, but I would like to be the change that they are able to see. I had a chance to fill both shoes so I overstand tremendously. If you can THINK about it, then the action put behind that thought becomes MAGICAL! You just have to slay those inner flaws and fears. Fear is the #1 thing that keeps us individually stagnated. How will you ever know what is around the corner from fear if you’ve never taken that Walk, that Glide, or that Drive to get there?! You have to genuinely want a change. You have to see it with a clear eye view.
Being that there is light at the end of the tunnel and everyone has their dark days or dark times. I suffer from Mental Illness, Medical Issues, Mental, Physical and Sexual Abuse and I will still continue to Elevate in every way possible. That is no longer my excuse. Whatever your excuse may be, please don’t let it stagnate you from your dreams!
Has it been a smooth road?
Ha! This road has its ups and downs. I’m a mom who still works a full-time job at another place of business with the hopes of making enough so that I will only have one job working for myself of course. I’m constantly being misunderstood and I wear my heart on my sleeve. My anxiety and depression doesn’t help much. I fund 90% of my business alone. My anemia always has me sluggish no matter how much sleep I get. I do all my research and business endeavors alone. No matter how tired I am or whenever my body feels like it wants to quit I tell my inner and outer self to keep going. I am not only doing this for myself. I’m being a role model to my children. I want them to always be true to self first and to achieve whatever it is that they put their minds to.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Journee Milian Candle Co. story. Tell us more about the business.
My company is named after my daughter who passed at birth on January 23, 2015. I make hand poured eco-friendly luxury delicately scented candles. My candles are made from soy wax. The wick is made from hemp and the candle itself is infused with the purest essential oils. I am no stranger to making people feel good about themselves. Candle making can be therapeutic and can help relieve tension and stress easily and naturally. Spending time with the wax, wick, colors and the essential oils all while creating something that I love is a stress reliever.
What I am mostly proud about is the look and smile on my customers’ face once delivered. Even when I’m hard on myself about my own work they always reassure me that everything’s fine and that they love the product. I think what sets me apart from others is the eco friendlessness and the candle scent names. My number one seller at the moment is ” Badu Pussy” (it’s a florally sweet scent). The other’s are Mango Aroma, Banana Nut-bread, and Mystery just to name a few.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see my industry shifting from an online store to also being an actual store/warehouse. I also see one of my candles in at least one person’s hand throughout not only the U.S. but in several other countries. I can also see myself teaching the youth candle making or ways to tap into their own craft or entrepreneurship.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jmiliancandleco