I’m delighted to share with you today a truly gorgeous girl who inspires me in every way, Candice Aiken.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” Mary Radmacher.
Candice (28) is a Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach, Reiki Practitioner, writer, yoga teacher in training, co-founder of curtisandcandice.com. She Lives in the middle of the Australian rainforest with husband Curtis and 2 dogs (sounds like absolute heaven!)
NBB: Curtisandcandice is fast becoming a popular wellness ‘go to’ brand, Why do you think that is?
To be honest, I am not doing what I do to become a popular wellness ‘go to’ brand. It’s not my main intention. I do what I do for the sheer passion and love of it – and because I can’t not… it’s my purpose on this earth.
I do not set out each day to please the world, I simply show up as my authentic self, I do what I can without any attachment to the outcome and know that whoever needs to hear my message, they will! And they will take away exactly what they need to from it. I adore our beautiful community because understand and accept that this is who we are – completely and 100% authentic unfiltered Curtis and Candice.
“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.“ Bhagavad Gita.
NBB: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the Wellness industry?
I spent many years earlier on in my life chasing money, battling with low self-esteem, yo-yo’ing weight (I’ve been a size 8 and I’ve been a size 14), unhealthy addictions, negative self-talk and I experienced many health issues resulting in frequent visits to doctors and hospitals. It wasn’t until 2010 when my husband, Curtis, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I was finally given the kick up the butt I needed to make a major change in every aspect of my life.
From that day forward we committed to living as though we were ‘blessed by MS’ and we most definitely were! We finally had a purpose in this world – to show up every day as the best version of ourselves and then help others to do the same. And so, out of this blessing, my passion for health and wellness was born.
“Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners.“ Shakespeare.
NBB: Has there been any challenges along your journey?
Most definitely! I think it’s inevitable in life. But I truly believe our challenges give us the best opportunities to grow and evolve (flowers grow through dirt!), and in those moments, they allow us to make choices and decisions that best describe who we wish to be.
“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” Author Unknown.
NBB: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?
Firstly, I make my health my number priority ahead of my business, because without my health, I am pretty much useless to anyone. I look after my mind through daily meditation, DIY retreats & alone time (otherwise known as my ‘cave’ time) and writing; I care for my body through a high raw plant-based organic diet, and I move my butt daily with walking, yoga and rebounding; and I nourish my spirit by connecting barefoot with the earth and immersing myself in nature as well as spending quality time with Curtis and my 2 dogs. I find that when I care for myself, I have so much more energy and vitality…. I am then even more productive in my work and completely switched on for my beautiful clients.
NBB: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?
- Love and passion
- Patience and determination
- Surrender and non-attachment to the outcome
NBB: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?
Don’t give up! Even when things get hard, you encounter speed bumps and challenges arise, just KEEP GOING! So many people give up when things don’t go to plan or become a little challenging, and although this may be for the best for some people (if it’s time to let go of a dream they are no longer passionate about or if it’s just not the right time yet), though if it’s something you love then keep at it and the universe will conspire to make it happen for you.
“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.” Leigh Hunt.
NBB: When can we look forward to next from you?
Following the recent release of Curtis’ eBook ‘Blessed By MS: How I overcame Multiple Sclerosis + simple changes you can make to prevent or beat serious illness’, my own eBook ‘Your Nutritious and Delicious Life: An inspiring guide with 55 recipes for healthy living’ is due out early September which I’m really excited about. I am also in the process of creating a spring cleanse kit to help others through their own detox program, which is coming out next month too.
(NBB, I have asked Candice to be sure to let me know when she releases her ebook, so I can let you all know! I’ve seen some of her recipes and I can’t wait to get making them!)
NBB: Share something no one knows…
I ADORE classical music! I wouldn’t say that ‘no-one’ knows this, but very few people do. I’m a fan of all music really but classical tunes are so soothing – each piece of music has so much substance and purpose.
Top 3 Wellness tips:
- Find something you love and do it every day… if you are doing what you love then you are living life ‘on purpose’ and will be the happiest most inspiring version of yourself.
- Laugh as much as you can… Laughter is healing, it’s medicine for the soul. Laugh at yourself, at whatever situation you find yourself in and especially at the world.
- Nourish your body with fresh, local, organic food… It is so incredibly satisfying supporting local farmers and knowing your produce has not been sprayed to within an inch of its life with toxic pesticides. If you can, grow your own herbs and vegies – this is as fresh as you will ever get and it’s so much fun.
I sincerely thank Candice for her time, I know she is incredibly busy working on her ebook.
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And visit their website curtisandcandice.com for more inspiration, love and recipes.
I hope you have read this and feel inspired, I definitely am.
Have a gorgeous Monday.
Love & Light, Charlie x.