We had the good fortune of connecting with Candice Curry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candice, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Parenting without judgment or pressure. My kids know that they are allowed to tell me anything without being fearful. It doesn’t mean we won’t be upset, it just means that we have open dialogue and we walk through the rights and wrongs of whatever the situation might be. There may still be consequences for their actions, but they will never get yelled at or demeaned., They also know that we are secret keepers unless someone is in danger.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a storyteller. Sometimes that comes out through writing and sometimes it comes out through speaking. I published my first and last book in 2017 and precovid I was a public speaker. I love to write, it’s my therapy but I find speaking to groups, mostly women or teenagers, most fulfilling. However, during covid, I stripped everything down to its bare bones and started my life’s mission over again. Now my life’s work is being what my kids see every time they lookup. I’ve learned to say no to all the things that I thought would help build my career and now I say yes to all the things that lay solid emotional foundations for my kids. I swapped public speaking with intimate chats. I swapped luncheons with the middle school cafeteria. I swapped standing on stage with seating in the bleachers. My original mission was to see how far I could reach and how many people I could touch but now my circle is small and I see how deep I can reach in my close relationships and how I can help the people within my little circle. Now, instead of writing and speaking, my creative outlet is woodworking. I make serving boards or charcuterie boards out of old wood and epoxy. It’s my new therapy and I have complete peace when I’m working on the boards. I also make jewelry with unused epoxy. It was a hidden talent that I didn’t know I possessed. When I get the old beaten up and dried out wood it kind of speaks to me and lets me make it new again. I love seeing the colors blend with the wood and become something beautiful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the best big city little town. San Antonio is big but has a small-town feel. We would definitely spend an entire day driving through the hill country hitting up all the breweries and distillers that we can. From Hill Country Distillery in Comfort to Andalusia Distillery in Blanco. Lunch would definitely be at Treaty Oak in Dripping Springs. Summertime always calls for time spent on the river and one of my favorite spots is James Kiehl Park. We would have to go to Boerne and hit up the local shops. My favorite is Handmade On Main Boerne. It’s a store with 17 different local makers. I just so happen to be one of those makers so I’m definitely biased. My husband and I make stuff out of old wood and whiskey barrels, our company is Tipsy Barrel and we mostly make charcuterie boards and gun safes. The other makers in the shop are amazingly talented and you can find everything from healing salve to hot sauce. It’s a one-stop-shop. Of course, we would have to get coffee every morning and we’d toggle between Rodkey’s Coffee and Theory Coffee, both are equally amazing. For lunch, we would have to grab a smoothie from Local Health or mow down some pancakes at Magnolia Pancake house. Dinner is served at Cullum’s AttaGirl. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So cliche but I have to go with my husband. He has let me tell my story and our story without a filter He always makes a way and never stands in the way. Our story is messy and we’re both super flawed but he has never tried to edit it when I tell it. He allows our mess to be my message. Then one day I decided we should start a woodworking business and he jumped in without flinching. He is definitely a go with the flow kind of guy but strongly leads our family through life. I truly am lucky to have him.
Image credit to Amy Bierstedt with Handmade On Main Boerne