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


Author: Cherise M. Young, MA

  • How To Swim In Mud: Keep Your Head Up

    How To Swim In Mud: Keep Your Head Up

    During a morning of Scripture reading, I (Cherise) came across some passages where Job is comparing his former “glory days” to currently feeling like an outcast. Job’s words resonated with me. I understood what it’s like going from feeling respected and valued to feeling left out and miss-handled. In Job 30:19, Job speaks of feeling […]

  • Suicide Is Preventable

    Suicide Is Preventable

    In 2010, just two years after September was deemed National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I (Cherise) led my first suicide prevention training. Based on the discussion during that training, it was apparent that viewing suicide as preventable was a rather new concept. In fact, saying “suicide is a preventable public health matter,” made no sense […]

  • Grief & Loss: Sometimes It Just Hits Different

    Grief & Loss: Sometimes It Just Hits Different

    Around this time in 2020, I, Cherise, wrote of feeling weary. Having dealt with six months of a global pandemic that entailed isolation, collective loss, and traumatic images playing across multiple media outlets… I was tired… weary. Well, 2022 has been another heavy year. This time the yuck hit closer to home. Since late February, […]

  • Blooming Beautifully at The Plant Project Dallas

    Blooming Beautifully at The Plant Project Dallas

    Dwelling on both sides of a duplex in the heart of Dallas’ Uptown district is a beautiful space called The Plant Project. Touted as the first black-owned plant store in Dallas, The Plant Project was conceptualized and set on its way within seven days by Houston native, owner, and founder Bree Iman Clarke. While one […]

  • Self-Sabotage: It’s An Inside Job

    Self-Sabotage: It’s An Inside Job

    It wasn’t until recently that I, Cherise, really began to look at the notion of self-sabotage. I realized I may not know as much as I thought I did. In a Facebook group discussion, we were attempting to determine why we felt stuck and not achieving our dreams. The question was asked, “Are we sabotaging […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • July is Fibroid Awareness Month

    July is Fibroid Awareness Month

    Cherise’s Story It was either late 2002 or early 2003 when I learned I had a uterine fibroid. I went to the doctor about the heavy bleeding and bad cramps I suffered monthly. I remember it clearly, the doctor said, “Oh, the tumor is probably bigger.” “What tumor?” I asked with some concern. Instead of […]

  • Milk Makeup #LiveYourLook

    Milk Makeup #LiveYourLook

    Milk Makeup, an offspring of Milk Studios of NYC, believes that when it comes to your beauty routine, compromise is a “no, no.”  To assure they provide a cosmetic that is nourishing with a blockbuster payoff, Milk Makeup offers products that are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% vegan. Taking its cues from those in the community […]

  • BLK + GRN

    BLK + GRN

    What do you get when you combine 46 artisans in one marketplace who not only represent the African diaspora but also have a desire to live green?  You get Black and Green, or as they call it: BLK + GRN.   BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace with all-black artisans. It features creations for the […]

  • Better Out Than In

    Better Out Than In

    One of the not so appropriate things my father would say during my childhood was, “Better out than in!” In case you didn’t guess his reason, it had to do with bouts of flatulence. Not, “Excuse me.” No, “Begging your pardon.” It was, “Better out than in,” more times than not. Daddy may have said […]

  • To Calm An Angry Belly, Reach For Anise Star Essential Oil

    To Calm An Angry Belly, Reach For Anise Star Essential Oil

    With an aroma similar to black licorice, anise star oil is used to relieve symptoms related to breathing difficulties such as bronchitis, colds, or flu.   Should you wait until the winter months to purchase this essential oil? No! But even with an affordable price point, this oil is not for everyone, no matter the season. […]