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

  • On Piecemeal Abundance

    On Piecemeal Abundance

    Happy Sunday, lovelies. I think you’d agree, if given the choice, that most would prefer an unexpected $5000 in one lump sum over 50 equal payments of $100. Because here is always better than on the way, and yes is always better than not yet, right?  But why? In both scenarios, you gain $5000. The […] Read more

  • I have never not made it through. 

    I have never not made it through. 

    I have never not made it through.  I am aware that I just wrote a grammatically incorrect sentence. I understand that saying I’ve always made it through means the same thing, but it doesn’t send the same message.  There’s power in knowing that at no point in the history of my existence have I not […] Read more

  • She called back her power.

    She called back her power.

    she called her power backreeling it in from the four corners of the earthprying it from the hands of unqualified suitors she called her power backrerouting her life’s stream back to her own dry placeswatering her own barren vessel with her heart’s song she called her power backreclaiming the wisdom, love, and patience she offered […] Read more

  • On Trusting Your Gut

    On Trusting Your Gut

    I’ve learned that staying too long and leaving too soon feel the same. Finding beauty in what’s broken seems noble, but your hands weren’t meant to sift through shattered glass. If you aren’t en route to where you want to be, what about being lost feels safe? Self-care says to go when it’s time to […] Read more

  • Solar Powered Wellness

    Solar Powered Wellness

    The Sunshine Vitamin Many will attest that there is nothing quite like being outside, head thrown back, with eyes closed as the sun pours over our bodies. Over the past 20 years or so, we have been constantly warned about the ill-effects of too much sun. I now wonder if our heeding those warnings have […] Read more

  • My home is not a turnstile.

    My home is not a turnstile.

    My home is a sacred place. The place where I recharge from draining conversations, loud noises, and traffic-related stress (my introversion is showing, I know). Home is where my child lives, where my plants grow, and where everything on the walls and on the shelves has meaning, a story. Home is where I know the […] Read more