For the last 6 years my life has been dominated by making candles, perfumes, and all things fragrance.. I have been so involved that most nights I find myself up to the early hours of the morning making, writing, replying, planning, packing, sending.. I have let you all in - not just to Buddy + Me but also into our lives.. I have shared our highs our struggles and our mundane in betweens..
Before Buddy + Me I was an Occupational Therapist.. Oh and I am also a high school Science/PE teacher.. I have always wanted to do things that make a difference.. To impact someone’s day, week or life in a positive way..
A personal struggle of mine over the years has been my thinking that ‘the world needs so much more right now than candles or perfume”.. And it didn’t sit well with me that I just didn’t feel like I was doing enough..
I made the difficult decision to close the business in December this year and announced it officially just 2 days ago. And WOW.. since then I have been so overwhelmed with messages, emails, calls and posts of what the Buddy + Me brand and products means to people..
I received an email from Tracey..
“I am so saddened by the news of your closing I just can’t see my life without Buddy & Me.. Your candles make my home a happy place, your peony perfume makes me a happy person, and your honest and funny emails brighten my day.. No other brands ever compare to the quality and price of yours.. As happy as I am for you I am terribly sad for myself.. I will be buying up big so I have a huge stock on hand.. And of course everyone is getting Buddy & Me for Christmas…”
And a message from Molly..
“Beautiful Ash I literally just cried when I read your blog post. What am I going to do without you?”
I very quickly realised how wrong I was..
The candles, the perfumes, the body products do matter.. Not so much the physical product but even more what it signified to people; the end of a working week, you do deserve some time out, or your not in this alone.. Never underestimate the significance of looking after yourself, of treating yourself.. its the little things!
YOU, our loyal, passionate, beautiful, fierce, strong tribe of women (and men).. I have realised Buddy + Me had such significance because of all of you.. You are the reason I started in the first place, persisted and enjoyed the fruits of hard work over the years.. I wish I could keep going for you.. But it is with the same honestly and integrity I have put into the business over the past 6 years that I know this is the next step.. And I can’t wait to see what the future holds..