Women Empowering Women series: Featuring Candice Stubblefield

Women Empowering Women series: Featuring Candice Stubblefield

This Friday morning we start our Women Empowering Women series.  I wanted to interview bloggers that I have had relationship with and ask real questions, share experiences and our hearts on the subject of life and empowerment.  Meet Candice.  She is a doll, she is the real deal… I adore her.

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1)As a blogger do you feel more competition or support from your fellow blogger peers? In what way do you receive and give support?! 

I would say I feel more support from my blogger buds vs competition. I am beyond thankful for this community full of love and support! It certainly makes being a blogger much more fun! However, its not always like that. One of the first things I noticed when I first started blogging was the lack (or at least I felt that way) of support from fellow bloggers. Actual true support. Guidance, knowledge and just simply learning the ropes. I’m still learning, so don’t be fooled. 😉 I was so eager to get myself out there, learn as much as I could and make friends that have a strong common ground along the way! Because of this, I found such an unbelievable amount of support!
2) What does the phrase “Women Empowering Women” mean to you? 
Support, 100 percent! To educate, bring skill and confidence to all women of all status’. 
3) If you could empower women to do one thing what would that be?! 
Chase your dreams! You know that one thing you’ve been thinking about for ages now? That one thing that scares you to death? That one thing that seems unreachable? Ya, that thing! GO FOR IT! Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back! Just put one foot in front of the other and go for it!


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Please share 5 random facts about yourself :
1. I have been through every fashion phase in the book. Tomboy, girlie, preppy, raver, gothic, skater you name it! Pretty sure my parents have pictures to prove it!

2. I have never broken a bone in my body.
3. I have thee gnarly scar on my forehead. Starting at my hairline all the way down to my orbital part (basically right at my eyelid bone). 155 stitches on the inside and 170 on the outside. I was 5 years old, watching cartoons, rocking back and forth while holding onto the tv console. And BAM. A big ol tv from the 80’s fell on my head. RIP to my favorite white puffy dress with red polka dots on them. Dc said I’m lucky I don’t have a glass eye. My poor parents.

4. I got married to my true better half at the age of 22 and we’ve been married for 9 years.

5. After years of infertility, unsuccessful rounds of clomid, and approaching iui this September, we are expecting our bundle of joy in March 2017! I will never forget seeing those 2 pink lines. I have dreamt of this moment for as long as I can remember. How will I react? How will I tell my husband? It was better than I could ever imagine. Because it is my story, not a story I’m hearing from someone else. Infertility can be lonely and isolating. Not to mention the most painful (emotional and physically) time. I know it’s easier to say this because I’m on the other side of all of that now. But don’t lose hope! I had my moments, don’t get me wrong. But cling to hope, faith and prayer! I will never ever take this pregnancy for granted! Each new day I get to wake up with my little nugget, each wave (or lets be real, more like days) of sickness, I am thankful and rejoicing! If you have a similar story, I hope this finds you encouraged and that you’re not alone!


All photos by Matt Jones Photography & Jonathan Gilstrap


  1. Linda Petersen Spiker August 12, 2016 / 7:22 am

    I love the support I get from other bloggers! And I always do my best to return that support as an expression of my gratitude!

  2. darlingdearestblog August 12, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Love this series! She sounds so real, and so encouraging! The support group definitely makes blogging more fun:)

  3. Kim August 12, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Such a great post! Supporting and encouraging others goes a long way <3
    XOXO, Kim


  4. Nicole Leffew August 12, 2016 / 8:07 am

    What an awesome post! I love Candice and the support of our SC community! Xo

  5. Jalyssa August 12, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Absolutely love this Ruthie.

  6. tiffaniatbretonbay August 12, 2016 / 9:04 am

    I loved reading every single word in this post. I adore ANYTHING where women are being 100% supportive, honest and transparent with each other. It truly empowers all of us!! My favorite were the 5 random facts!!


  7. Paola Nicole Fuentes August 12, 2016 / 9:32 am

    I love this post and can’t wait to see more on these series. This is one of the things I have enjoyed the most about blogging, all the wonderful women I am now surrounded with.


  8. Mary Hannah August 13, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Man, what a wonderful post. I can identify with feeling overwhelmed starting out and feeling more supported (but praying for more support)! Also, one of my brothers and his wife have a similar story about infertility. It’s a real and hard struggle, one you may feel so powerless over, but God really does care. He cares so much that they now have the sweetest little baby boy. Thanks for sharing! xx

  9. Heather Johnson August 15, 2016 / 7:37 am

    I just love both of you babes! Such a wonderful series and a beautiful post! Women spend so much energy tearing one another down, and I think it is coolest thing ever to find yourself in a community of women who really spend their energy lifting others up. As far as Candace’s story goes, it speaks so deeply to God’s faithfulness. Having battled infertility myself for more than five years, and understanding how lonely and dark it can be, I love that her message is one of hope to many. Big bear hugs to you both!

  10. Annie August 23, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    I am obsessed with this series and I am so happy to see my girls continuing to inspire each other! I love you for always uplifting others. 🙂 xo

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