Dr. Candice Todd is a passion-driven, compassionate and strong-willed woman. She is also a Naturopathic Doctor and business owner, destined to help change the world by providing health education and supporting others on their journey to living a healthier life.
Why is she an inspiration to me?
I met Candice several years ago through our mutual friend. I was instantly drawn to her personality. She was funny, kind and not one of those women who want to compete with other women. Over the past few years, I have been following her career journey. It’s been amazing to see her follow her passion and have her Naturopathic career flourish into what it is today. She was recently nominated for the Toronto Star’s Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best Naturopath category (go vote for her – voting is open until October 11th). The nomination is a testament to the dedication she puts into supporting others along their health journeys. She has shown me that it is never too late to change your career. Even if it seems like a stretch, take that leap of faith, put in the work, and you will succeed.
Candice is the perfect addition to our inspirational women series. We created this series to share stories from other women and hear their accomplishments, regrets, advice and vision. We all have different journeys. But, we can definitely learn from and empower each other.
What is your biggest accomplishment, and why?
My biggest accomplishment so far has been making the leap from the comfort and regularity of a job in the corporate world to following my passion for health and helping others. This ultimately thrust me into being an entrepreneur – and believe me, business was not my forté! Being my own business was so far out of my comfort zone 10 years ago when all of this began. Still, with a strong will and passion for what I do, things are coming together nicely, and I’m so excited about what the future holds!
Looking back on your life thus far, is there anything you regret?
I honestly can say that I have no regrets. I genuinely believe that everything happens for a reason and in its own timing. I have definitely been through hardships and trying times. But, when I come out the other end, I always have this ‘aha’ moment, like ‘ok, that’s why that had to happen… got it, universe!’
What is the best piece of advice you can give another woman?
We’re stronger together! Chelsea Handler once said: ‘Ladies, We can eliminate the competitiveness that has been imposed upon us because we are treated as a minority and have been taught to tackle, rather than climb.’ We all have our own unique gifts to offer each other and the world. Lean into your sis for her support and reciprocate – Let’s climb together.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
From a business perspective, in 5 years, I see myself in my own practice space with a growing product line. I’ll also be giving back to my community in a meaningful way through health education. I also hope for more opportunities to work remotely while exploring the world (if we ever get to travel again, haha!)
What is the best piece of advice given to you?
My old trainer used to say “F^@k Motivation.” And it still resonates with me today. Ultimately, your dreams won’t work unless you do, and that work has to get done regardless of whether or not you’re motivated to do it. The work the goes into chasing your dreams still has to get done when you don’t feel like it when you’re tired, when you’d rather be watching Netflix and so on.
What do you think stops a woman or yourself from putting herself first?
In particular, I think that women feel obliged to bear the burden of carrying others on their backs. We are givers and nurturers, almost to a fault. Women are the doctors, chefs, chauffeurs and caretakers of their households. They are moms, partners, friends, bosses in everyday life. I work with so many women who put themselves on the back burner while they work to provide for everyone else in all of their roles in life. I work to instill in them that they can’t take care of everyone else if they aren’t taking care of themselves too.
What are three words that could be used to describe you?
Resilient. Funny. Compassionate.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
I’m not sure if it’s inspirational, but it’s a quote I live by and preach to others: Energy is more valuable than Intellect. – Robin Sharma.
I’m really big on optimizing energy for myself and others. When we lack energy due to fatigue, stress, hormone imbalances, digestive issues and so on, we suffer in all of our roles in life. We suffer in our ability to perform at work, as CEOs, as entrepreneurs, as parents, as partners and as friends.
Thank you, Candice, for sharing your insights with us and showing women that it’s never too late to follow your passion! Be sure to check out our other inspirational women here.