The Name’s Candice

Allow me to introduce myself: the name’s Candice.

I am rather curious person.

Therefore, I read.  A lot.

When I have a question, I will scour the internet.  The problem is I have a lot of questions.

And I want to know it all. I want to know it all.

And so, I do a lot of searching. I am, however, quite good at it.  If I cannot find it, it probably does not exist.

But come on. This is the information age:  A time when they still allow anyone to publish just about anything and everything.  We could easily drown in the vast array of publications on the internet.  The number of sites that go up each day is staggering.  And there is no sign of slowing.

So why add to the abyss?  Hasn’t everything already been said… in triplicate?

So, I thought.

The real revelation came when I decided to move abroad.  Thousands of Americans do it. So, why was there so little information to be found?

I searched.  I scoured.  I combed.  I clawed my way through site after site.  I found only crumbs.

When I landed in east Africa, for the first time in my life I felt lost.


What little information I found was largely outdated, exaggerated and/or inaccurate. Scattered forum posts provided the most accurate bits of information, if you were diligent enough to read through them.

And almost nothing was said about how to survive the day to day living.  This I picked up from experienced expatriates, and natives who looked at me sideways and wondered, “How dumb can this American be?”  And my constant quest to live more naturally.

I don’t have a mission to save the world.  I have allergies and a low budget.  I don’t have a spiritual connection to the earth.  I have back problems.  I also have this idea that small changes can make a big difference in our overall health.

Well, come to find out, much of the world live more naturally than us in the west; not out of choice, but necessity.  Things I had already put into practice, made the transition easier.  For example, whether it is better for you or not, my family is accustomed to sitting on the floor. Well, guess what? In east Africa you do a lot of sitting without back support, both on the floor or otherwise.  Also, coincidentally, I learned to make my own hair and body products out of ingredients that are found almost universally.

Simple and natural living is better for you. It is often cheaper. It teaches you amazing things. And can be done virtually anywhere. You will not be invincible, but you may come out feeling that way. Well, almost.

My goal:  Join forces with my amazing sisters to teach us Westerners how to survive on the other side without losing yourself.




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