Posts by Candice Smith

The Power of a Voice

There are so many incredible tools that not only help us remember what it is we need to do in our daily lives, but can serve to remind us of those days – the moments within them, bringing it and the people within, back to life. Yet when I was in the throes of caring…

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Their Champions…and Ours…

Many of the greatest social movements our country has seen have resulted from women rising to the cause, finding a voice and a champion who is heard. In her opinion piece “How rethinking caregiving could play a crucial role in restarting the economy” Melinda Gates writes that “it shouldn’t have taken a national emergency to…

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Isn’t it our job to know?

It has been over four years since I considered myself a manager of employees.  While I am running my own company now, I have a team of exceptional individuals who only need me to not get in their way. But when I think about the hires we’ll be making in the future, I can’t help…

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Hearing the Ask for Help

I wasn’t raised to ask for help.  I was raised to identify what I wanted to do and then figure out how to do it.  And while I might not verbally ask for help, when it came to caring for my Dad, I felt like all I did was “ask” and all it got me…

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Reminders Aren’t Grief

This morning I looked out my window into my backyard and I saw the daffodils were finally out. Naturally I thought of my Dad. In the spring before he died the three grandkids, my brother and I walked the backfield with my Dad. He walked the backfield every day and had a bench under a tree at…

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Welcome to My Home

One of the most amazing things about the experience that we are all sharing due to Covid-19 is that we are sharing a collective experience from our homes. We may all have gotten to where we are today differently, but nonetheless we are here.  Together.  In our separate homes. I’m an entrepreneur thinking about how…

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Give Me A Fish

 “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” There are a lot of resources available for family caregivers.  I have shelves full of thoughtful advice and deeply personal accounts of other caregivers.  Many people I know and love send…

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Thoughts While Not Commuting

In the hours I’m saving, daily, from commuting (driving or walking) to and from meetings, errands and parenting obligations or shopping (online or in person) I find myself thinking a lot about all the things that I would have continued to take for granted BCP (Before COVID Pandemic). There’s a lot to rethink, like the…

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The Starting Line

The other day I was listening to a friend talk about her aging parents.  While neither parent is ill, they are in their 80’s.  And because neither is ill, there is no pressing need to doanything.  Except notdoing anything feels like being poised on the starting line waiting for the starter’s pistol to sound.  Then,…

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The Difference Between Parenting & Caregiving – Guest Blog

The following is a “guest blog” – written with much love and passion by the amazing Rachel of Taking Care of Grandma.I am so grateful to have her wisdom shared here. When someone says they are “parenting” their parents, my heart breaks a little. I try to forgive them, for “they know not what they do.”…

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