We had the good fortune of connecting with Candice Ireland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candice, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Now this is a great question and directly relates to everything I’ve always known and practiced in life. Giving up has never been an option for me. From a young age the only examples I had in those close to me was not giving up. My parents divorced when I was young but they both were very integral parts of my life. My father struggled with drug use but I watched him never give up on himself and his children. Even when he took five steps back, his next move was ten steps forward. His strength and faith and will to do better was a great example. My Mom was also an amazing example to never give up, she did everything she could to take care of my sister and I and we never wanted for anything. She never depended on the help of others, if we needed something she made it happen and I can’t thank her enough for that. These two alone prepared me for every obstacle that I face in business. To answer the question directly I know to keep going and not give up because 1. God has never given up on me and He won’t give up on me so I owe it to Him and myself to go after everything He has in store for me. 2. I always say to myself that if I ever stop or give up then I won’t know what could have been. My next project could be the project to catapult my business to heights that I could never even image but if I stop when things get hard I’ll never reach that point. 3. I know to keep going and never give up because I have two amazing children that look up to me. Everything that I do now is setting an example for them on what hard work looks like. It sets the precedence for my children that allows them to dream bigger and want more out of life because God wants more for them and has more for them. It shows them not to settle just because you’re comfortable but that the uncomfortable season may be what is needed to reach the next level. If I gave up I wouldn’t be where I am now, receiving consistent styling clients, receiving consistent brand deals as an influencer, and starting my own candle business. To reach new levels you have to have a fighters spirit and fighters don’t give up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I identify as a creative because I honestly see what I do as an Art. When I style a client, their final looks are my masterpieces. I put a lot of thought and effort into my work and a confident client is what I always strive for. What sets me a part from others is the relationship I work to build with my clients. From the beginning I let them know that this is a partnership, it’s not about me picking out a ton of looks for them to wear. It’s about building their Personal Style and the only way to do that is through communication. I make my clients feel comfortable with me so that they can freely speak to what makes them feel good. That doesn’t mean that I won’t push them out of their comfort zone it just means that our work relationship is a Partnership and requires input from both parties. It wasn’t easy to get to where I am today. Running your own businesses is no easy feat by itself but when you add still working a 9-5, having two children and a husband, and the everyday stresses of life, it’s no joke and definitely not for the weak. My drive for what I know I can accomplish is what keeps me going. Me knowing that with each client I will learn something new and get better and better is what pushes me, and knowing that my next move may be what takes me to the next level is what motivates me. Every move I make is a stepping stone so I have to keep moving forward. Any challenge I face is a lesson. Once I changed my mindset and focused on that then everything changed. Instead of getting down and quitting when things don’t go the way I planned I look at the situation and the first thing I focus on is what could I have done differently. In business you have to hold yourself accountable first and change the things that you can change in order to improve your business. There’s so many things that I’ve learned but the one that sticks out the most is that Faith without Works is dead. God has done so much for me so I work daily to show Him that I’m grateful for His Favor and that I will always work hard and use up all of the talents I was given. I want the world to know that I love what I do. Being able to do what I love is a blessing and that’s why I put my all into every single client. I want my clients to have an unforgettable experience with me. One that they can’t wait to tell others about. If they spread the word then that means I did exactly what I set out to do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ok, I feel a little rusty with this one because I’ve been inside for over a year now and to top it off I’ve had 2 children in the last 4 years so bear with me. Lol
As a Native of Atlanta some of the Top Spots to visit are:
Table 25 Fork + Wine
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Atlanta United Game
Startlight Drive in Movies
Day Time Chill:
Little 5 Points
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a tough one because it’s hard to chose just 1 person. For the sake of the different phases in life I’m going with 2 people. I want to start with my Dad. Growing up my father was faced with always feeling like he had to be perfect and please everyone. That mindset is what took him down the wrong path in life and when he saw some of those characteristics in me he immediately gave me permission to let go of that mindset. Letting go of the need to be perfect allowed me to really grow into who I am today. My father always pushed me to experience life and even though I know it was hard for him he watched me make some bad decisions but allowed it because he knew the lesson I would get from it would do more for me than him stopping it from happening. His support and mentorship pushed me to always reach for the stars even when I was the only one who saw the vision. When I wanted to start my own business he encouraged me to go for it and reminded me of my passion for my skill. I thank him for that. My second would have to be my husband. Listen, when God put us together He did a thing! This man has been my #1 supporter from the day we met. I have been styling for years but never took the leap to actually start my business, when I told him I was thinking about it he asked what am I waiting for? Whenever I have a job and need to be away from home or travel he holds it down at home with the kids and never complains. I know no one is perfect but he’s pretty darn close. When business is hard or when I’m just discouraged he reminds me of how talented I am and how this is what I’m meant to do. He’s always right on time with love, support, and encouragement and he’s a huge part of the reason why I have been as successful as I am today.
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