January 1st, [year unknown] was the day my great, great grandfather became a free man. Since then, as descendants, we have been standing on his shoulders living the dreams he couldn't imagine.
Once my Great grandfather realized he no longer was legally bound to his plantation (family) name; he savored the moment and said, "All those who come after me will forever remember this day. Every time they ask you who you are, you will have to say - January, remembering the day I was a free man."
And he wrote down the month in his native tongue, and it became my last name.
Generations later, by naming my company Januarie, 1st, I continue the declaration of freedom. Freedom to dream, to create, to be, and exist boldly in every space we enter.