We had the good fortune of connecting with Candida Schwartz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Candida, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My whole life has been about risk. I wanted to be a professional singer but was too scared to commit. I did my undergrad in Psychology. As a young woman and sensitive Empath, this was not the job for me. On a whim, I moved to Portland, Oregon from Maine after I graduated from the University of Maine. I loved to cook all my life so decided to go to Culinary school. My next risky move was a backpacking trip through South America for 3 months. I had an ulcer from my Pastry Chef job so I saved up and went on a backpacking trip through South America for 3 months. When I returned, I opened a bakery. I had to leave it after a few months because my health was compromised on every level. Desperate for money, I got a job waiting tables where I met my teacher who taught me how to cultivate my intuitive skills. I can go on and on. Risks, for me, are heart centered and very inspired. That flash of insight before all the fears, worries, doubts come through. I try to follow that initial inspired moment. Each risk has led me to horrible and magical (and everything in between) experiences. Every night before bed I ask Spirit to, “Show me how to show up!” I am currently doing construction on a new office space where I sell art in the waiting room! I am really excited for this next big risk.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a healer. My studies are all about holistically approaching healing. My intention is to support my patients to access their own intuition and get empowered in their healing. Being a healer…hmmm….comes with many challenges. To define it is the greatest challenge. My proudest moments are when I can stand behind who I am and why I am here! My greatest joy is in giving readings, clearing energy and communicating with Spirit. I take all that info and connect it with my extensive medical knowledge and create a treatment plan. That’s when the magic happens. My greatest joy is in watching my patients transform, blossom and heal holistically, in mind, body and soul! This is only a part of what I do but it is the most important part!

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?
I live in a small coastal town called Camden, Maine. “Where the mountains meet the sea.” We would wake up and do a morning ocean “polar” plunge. I would make a fantastic, colorful breakfast for us. Then we’d take my pup, Willie, for a long hike and picnic, taking in some of the ocean, forest and lake views. The night would close at my house. My husband and I would call over some friends and make a delicious meal. We would close the night with a tea or digestif by a fire. There would be many laughs, snuggles from Willie and lots of records spinning with bellies full with yumminess. The next day, we would go to the Children’s Chapel and walk through Beauchamp to a coffee shop I love. We would rally up some canoes, head to my favorite lake, Lake Megunticook. Swim. Talk. Rest. Sun. Food. BLISS! The day would close with a visit downtown checking out the local shops, lobster dinner outside on the ocean and an evening stroll.

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?
Liliana Barzola from Lotus Lantern Healing Arts. My husband and puppy, Craig Schwartz and Willie. My family and friends. My patients and clients. National University of Natural Medicine.

Other: This link has everything- https://linktr.ee/DrCandidaVitalHealthClinic

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