The Blog Grew Up Guys...

There was no going away party or any warning but MyCandiShoppe has served her time.  So many years, I've actually wanted to change my name but just couldn't think of a new name that felt right.  Instead of forcing it, I kept MyCandiShoppe because homegirl had held me down so why not?  I knew that one day I would wake up and the right name would just come to me.  Kid you not, that's exactly what happened.

I had been going back and forth in emails with a brand + I woke up to an email response from them.  This might have been the 5th email in correspondence with them so we had been doing the back + forth thing for some time now.  But, when I opened that email and read "Hey Candi..." I nearly threw my computer.  It didn't matter that my email address is CANDICE@mycandishoppe, or that my signature says "XOXO Candice", or that my Instagram Bio actually says "Don't call me Candi".  Here we were 5 emails in and somehow I am now "Candi".  In that moment, it dawned on me that people may be referencing 'myCANDIshoppe' + calling me 'Candi' because that's what my Blog name + Social Media handles are.  Maybe... possibly.  All I knew was that this needed to be fixed ASAP.

When I woke up to the thought of 'Call Her Candice', I instantly knew that was the new name.  It was direct, mature + could stand the test of time.  I'm in a place where if I want something, I ask for it directly.  There's no beating around the bush like I did before by saying 'don't call me candi, i'm not a stripper'.  Nah... CALL HER CANDICE.  I remember years ago when I refused to let anyone call my oldest two children by nicknames.  People would constantly want to shorten Taylor to Tay or Gregory to Greg.  Immediately, I would correct them.  There's no nicknames bih!  Then Kennedy came along + I nicknamed her "Kens" myself... don't ask me why.  She's literally the only person in my house that I will call by a nickname.  I digresss... if I could constantly stand up for my kids + demand people call them by their actual names then I can do that for myself now.

So, let's all say it together... What's her name?  Candice.  And what do we call her?  Candice.  I'm a grown ass married women with three kids.  I don't need a nickname.  Never had one.  Never will.  So, if you're wondering what name I go by... call her Candice.  Mrs. Horn if you nasty!!  LOL.



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