Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Holly: I am the candeler (real word?) at Milk Jar Candle Co.
Milk Jar is a candle company I started in November 2016. We hand pour soy candles with natural wood wicks and have a pretty big list of signature scents for all your candle dreams!
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Holly: Milk Jar started from my desire to burn a cleaner candle, compared to the common parrafin wax candle I was used to burning. After a few years of making candles for personal use, I decided to create a business and a brand so that I could use them as a way to raise money for programs in Calgary that support youth with special needs. I have volunteered and worked with this community for many years so they hold a special place in my and Milk Jar’s heart.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Holly: I wanted to be an Orca trainer at Sea World. Blackfish really killed that dream.
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Holly: Chatty. Silly. Inclusive.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Holly: My mom. I have never met a woman who has worked harder than her and cared so much about the work that she was delivering. She is a medical doctor who ran her own practice in Victoria for 20 years. She has been a pioneer Oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria and has always had composure and grace when it came to her work and caring for her patients.
Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Holly: For me, it is a woman who does any sort of work to improve the world, no matter how insignificant it might seem. A stay at home mom is a boss babe. She is working everyday to care for the home and family. She is a caregiver, teacher, nurse, swim coach, chef, server, actor, dancer, singer, and many more roles to help develop and raise a beautiful human. I think the term ‘Boss Babe’ is less powerful when we only relate it to successful business women we see in the (social) media.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Holly: I think I do it by being very open about my journey. I have had the opportunity to talk at a few educational events that mainly had women entrepreneurs present. I am very honest about my (lack of) business knowledge, my struggles, my journey, and my purpose. I hope that I encourage those women that don’t believe they can do it, because I didn’t think I could, and here I am.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Holly: ‘It’s okay to be different, and feel like you won’t fit in. Just live with it, deal with it, laugh with it, and you will get through it.’ – My Sister.
I wore a back brace for two years in high school to treat my Scoliosis, and this was basically what my sister told me to help me deal with the fear of getting teased. I was only 14 and was quite a shy kid growing up. Dealing with something that was embarrassing for me for two years in high school really made me who I am today. It taught me to have compassion for others and check my judgments. It also strengthened me to not give a shit about what people thought of me. I appreciate my sister so much for helping me see that something so superficial was not a reflection of me, and how tough times will pass. It is my choice to let things that are out of my control bother me or not.
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Holly: Focus on progress, not perfection. Perfection will come from progress, and failure is a form of progression. It forces you to change, adapt, and grow.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Holly: I love going to Hot Yoga or a workout in general. It’s an hour where I am forced to not think about business, and just take care of my self.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Holly: That I helped a lot of children and families experience programs Calgary has to offer through Milk Jar donations… and that I made a bomb candle.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Holly: You can head to my website here, or follow along on social media.
Stay connected with Holly: @milkjarcandleco