I was always the “happy one.” A natural problem-solver, handling life’s challenges with a smile on my face was second nature. And if it was an act... I was even fooling myself.


But over the years and after each pregnancy, my easy hold on “mindfulness” became more challenging. Or, put another way, it became harder for me to maintain positivity and focus when my emotions felt overwhelming.


I delivered four healthy children and one miscarriage in 3.5 years. All this, while maintaining a demanding career and barely pausing to acknowledge my own needs. My previously healthy lifestyle had taken a backseat in most areas of my life.


Just reading what I wrote sort of blows my mind, actually… WHY was I surprised that it felt stressful?


Women aren’t created weak.

Mothers don’t exist to be martyrs.


Things came to a boiling point after my last child was born nearly 4 years ago. I’d experienced postpartum depression and anxiety to varying degrees after each pregnancy but repeatedly swept my feelings under the rug in order to live up to the “Super Mom” title I felt was expected of me.


Where did those expectations come from anyway?

At the time I would have pointed the finger at the people around me (who were loving and well-meaning, for the record), but after years of digging deeper, I now believe that I'm responsible for being an active participant in my own mental health.


Why do women minimize our own emotions in order to meet unrealistic standards and/or minimize inconvenience in the lives of those around us, at our own expense? Can this really be the extent of God's plan for us?


The words of scripture ring true for how we talk to ourselves as well as how we interact with others. Are you kind to yourself? Do you take the time to understand your purpose? “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.” - Proverbs 11:17

Your brain believes whatever you tell it.


Every time I intentionally neglected to observe how my body and mind were reacting, I was telling my subconscious mind that I didn’t matter.


Every time I overrode my body’s signals that things were awry, I was telling my subconscious that I can’t trust my own feelings.


Every time I chose to serve the purpose of others at the expense of serving the purpose of my soul, I was telling my subconscious that what others want is more important than my own desires.


Happiness is an Inside Job.


It has taken years of creating (and re-creating) habits that reinstated my confidence and joy. What I have tried to share throughout my journey is that the things that keep us well don't need to come from the multi-billion dollar beauty industry; they are all around us and easily accessed once you know what you're looking for.


When I am at my best, I am doing specific, teensy-tiny actions habitually every day. These are simple steps that can be done by absolutely anyone of any age, any fitness level, any season of life.


The fundamentals that have taken me from overwhelmed to overcoming are available in our first online course, Everyday Wellness. We created this toolkit and our other free resources as an affordable and easy way to build the basics of wellness back into your life. You can do this course on your own-- it's broken into 21 days of bite-sized lessons-- or with a friend to help you stay on track and accountable.


You were created to be Well


I believe with my whole heart and soul that our Creator doesn't expect us to operate in a state of distress. After all, we are better able to serve our Purpose when we are healthy in body, mind and spirit.


We are often struggling to stay afloat in the pool of life, not realizing that we are surrounded by life-rafts! If only we knew they're there or could be reminded when things feel too hard.


You are worthy of feeling your BEST. You are worthy of prioritizing your desires, your dreams, your feelings and your health. It's true what my pawpaw always said: "when mama ain;t happy, ain;t nobody happy".... we laughed but it's true! Our entire families operate at a higher caliber when we are our best.


Wellness isn't a destination.; it's designed to be a journey that can be beautiful and empowering once you're ready to be an active participant. I'm not suggesting this is always easy but it is possible.


xo,

Candice

Updated: May 12

These are the craziest times I (or any of us) have ever seen, but I have an enormous peace. This peace does not come from being in a low-risk category (although I'm super grateful for that!), nor does it come from ignoring that this is a crisis - it most definitely is.


I have a peace because just a couple of years ago, I came face-to-face with God during a season of immense internal crisis, and it was the greatest gift of my life. It took crisis for me to see the God of the universe who had been there all along, to finally listen even though He's always speaking.


I took my doubts to Him because I reasoned that if God is really so Good, He can handle my doubts. He did, and He is.


Here's the deal: I'm no corona virus expert - more of an expert encourager who is surrendered fully to the God she trusts and happens to have spent the last several years ferociously studying the design of our bodies+minds+spirits and the easiest, most practical strategies to optimize that design. Which brings me to an important announcement:


Prescription Wellness' first digital course is just DAYS away!


A few precious women have been piloting it graciously with me, and pilot round 2 (with a big discount!) will be available in less than a week, which is way sooner than I had originally planned because I think it's what I'm supposed to do. Even if it's not perfect, it is time.


I'll be sharing more about my story and this course that's poured straight out of my heart into super short, easy-to-watch, daily videos because (even stuck at home) I know you're BUSY! If you'd like to be among the first to know when the course becomes available for purchase, be sure to subscribe to the email list (hit 'JOIN' in the menu), and then be on the lookout for upcoming emails with more info on the course, a link to purchase, and a code for that discount I mentioned!


I also have a favor to ask of you - would you share this with your family, friends, neighbors, church members, or any woman you can think of that needs a little encouragement during these crazy days? I believe it is time for us to get well together because we all have a God-given purpose to fulfill in this life, and the world needs us ALL fulfilling our purpose well.


I am truly so grateful for you, and I will see you again soon!


- Beth Ann

Updated: Apr 20

Anxiety caught me totally off guard.


I had stepped out of traditional pharmacy altogether, with no clue what a profound impact that would have on my psyche. Transitioning from working in the busy retail setting I had known my whole life to working from home initiated a slow unraveling of my clearly misplaced identity, and it wasn’t pretty.


Certain this unpleasant and unfamiliar feeling was fixable, I decided to roll up my sleeves and rid myself of all anxiousness. I tightened my grip on anything I felt was within grasp of my control because that worked for all of zero people ever.


Every supplement recommended for anxiety, I took. Every food you should eliminate for anxiety, I eliminated. Praying and reading my Bible became hour long excursions every morning during which I would search for the answers I thought best, explaining to God the path I felt we should take that day. I wanted Him to fix everything, even though I didn’t exactly know what ‘everything’ consisted of.


That’s the tricky thing about anxiety. You know something is wrong, but any number of triggers could rob you of joy on any given day.


Then came a morning I will never forget. I read the Word and began talking to (at?) God yet again, but I felt confusion and overwhelm reaching a boiling point in my spirit. It was intense. I was exhausted, and something inside me cracked.


Wide open.


I broke down into a full on ugly cry in the middle of my living room floor - face down, hands up - and I handed all the control to the Lord. Every bit of it.


In that instant, I felt a physical burden LIFT. My yoke was wholly replaced by His. Anxiety began melting away as I breathed more deeply than I ever remember having breathed before, and I prayed for Him simply to make me whole.


This work will surely never be done, but He wasted no time in getting started. Just a few hours later, I heard the Lord’s voice for the first time in my life. It wasn’t exactly audible, but it may as well have been. That’s the only way I know how to describe it.


The Lord began ushering me into a new season that day, one in which He speaks and I listen.

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