Candace Aliké Smith — A Writer's Self Care Journal

“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.”

Elsie de Wolfe

Hey there. I’m Candace.

Welcome to my little corner of the web. I’m a marketing writer, matcha enthusiast, and mom of one living and learning in the ‘burbs of Dallas. I founded this site in 2015 to help women of color find non-toxic health and beauty products. Since then, the content has expanded to include herbs and oils, journaling, local sips, and travel. My mom Cherise pops in monthly to offer valuable mental health and mindfulness content as well.

I recently traded the dizzying pace of social media for unhurried moments to reflect in this space. Email me at if you’d like to talk about tea or matters of the heart.

Be well.

“One day to collect the scattered fragments of myself, and give them symmetry, and wholeness, and use.”

— Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

  • At 61, I’m Yet Alive!

    At 61, I’m Yet Alive!

    Mental Health and Aging Hi there. Cherise here. Just eight months shy of reaching her 100th birthday, my grandmother made her transition from this life to her eternal rest. Months later, I still find myself saying, “She really did die.” Not that I thought she would live forever, but I did think she would live […] Read more

  • Pacha Soap Co French Lavender Bar Soap

    Pacha Soap Co French Lavender Bar Soap

    Happy Earth Day, lovelies.  I’m excited to share a recent Whole Foods purchase from a brand doing so many wonderful things for the environment and for humankind.  Pacha Soap Co. describes itself as a purpose-driven company of artisans who handcraft natural soaps to delight the senses and enhance well-being. Pacha prides itself on creating long-term, […] Read more

  • Who do you need when you come undone?

    Who do you need when you come undone?

    Happy Monday, lovelies! Today I’m grateful for music’s uncanny ability to keep me out of my own head. After finishing up my work for the day at a local coffee shop, I was seconds away from starting another cycle of overthinking and financial planning when Duran Duran’s “Come Undone” started playing. That word — undone […] Read more

  • Radical acceptance is the cheat code.

    Radical acceptance is the cheat code.

    2/2/22 — how magical. We won’t see this sequence again until 2/2/2222. All the more reason to focus on the here and now.  Today I found the place that begins right after I end. I found the other side of my planning and maneuvering and negotiating and strategizing. I reached the very end of myself, […] Read more

  • Mourning the Old Stories

    Mourning the Old Stories

    Things are dying in my world. Thoughts of past lovers.Belief systems. Patterns.Struggle. Chaos. Unrest.Old stories. Motivations. My posture of resistance has relaxed into one of ease. As I wait in expectation of an exciting new chapter, I must respect this very real season of mourning. Of the people, places and things that I can’t take […] Read more

  • Let the past die.

    Let the past die.

    “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi Candace Alike Smith is a Las Vegas-based content creator, womb warrior, and matcha enthusiast. Candace founded this site in 2015 to help women of color reclaim their vitality. […] Read more