Keeping The Pests Away With Pure Aroma Essential Oils

Now that I’ve clocked over 4,000 hours in Texas, I’ve had my fair share of run-ins with creepy crawlies and flying pests. I’m unsure if everything is bigger in Texas, but I’m convinced the bugs are. Since moving here from Las Vegas in January, I’ve had the immense pleasure of meeting flying roaches, mosquitos, spiders, earwigs, biscuit…

If I Stay

There’s so much beauty here. Right here.  I’ve experienced the beauty of newness.  I’ve experienced the beauty of letting go.  I’ve experienced the beauty of detachment. I’ve experienced the beauty of surrender.  My bones know what it feels like to go.  I know what it means to run. I want to experience the beauty of watching a new thing wither. …

Purposefully Pausing at Historic Downtown McKinney

I hope you’re well. I had an interesting discussion with my mom today. We discussed purpose and passion and the pursuit of happiness — all topics that I think evoke way more stress than they should.  The chat came a day after I found myself spiraling. I was so close to running again. Weather, bugs,…

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…

Reframing Eve’s Transgression

I’m learning that lies sometimes hide in the way we tell the truth. Fun fact: I started therapy last week.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, or if I was expecting much of anything, but I was there and a therapist was there and I already feel like I don’t need to continue. But…

Embracing Imperfection at Frisco Square

On Saturday, Aevrie and I visited Frisco Square, a multi-generational, master-planned development home to 147 acres of office, retail, multi-family, and municipal space.  Exploring Frisco Square  Roughly 30 minutes from Dallas, Frisco Square is an extremely walkable area that gave me all the feels at the pace I love. Slow.  We walked past Cinemark Next…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

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….