We had the good fortune of connecting with Candy G. Foelix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candy G., what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Parenting is an adventure. The best advice I was given prior to becoming a parent was to do your best to not take anything your kids do or say personal, regardless if it’s praise or not. I quickly learned how hard that would be. As a caregiver you are given this incredible privilege to witness and support the growth of another life. You have an opportunity to share knowledge and unconditional love on such a deep level. There’s a thought tradition that I am passing on to my kids. That they have the ability in this life to tap into their highest potential. My hope is that they know they are a miracle and that they matter. I think the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on my children would be to make sure they feel welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved and supported.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have many interests and am grateful that my professional life and career allow me to be successful in things I am passionate about. I have to mention here my background in hip hop culture. I started breaking in the late 90s with my biological sisters. We were an all female crew called Floor Angelz. In the early 2000s we began hosting local and regional breaking competitions for our community. As I grew and matured through the culture so did my role in the community. Starting out as a dancer, to competitor, to promoter, host, judge, panelist, speaker and ultimately consultant/advisor, the skills I learned growing within the hip hop culture helped in cultivating the entrepreneur I am now. I have a Wellness Practice, a 501c 3 Foundation, and an Events & Entertainment Company.
I have been a sports therapist for 14 years. What sets my practice apart is that I am a one-stop-shop. I am certified and specialize in many complementary health practices that bring a truly holistic approach to my clients. In the business of helping others I find their true purpose, heal from trauma, and learn how to maintain their health.
Having your practice is not easy and it takes a lot of work. I feel the most important thing is to be confident in your worth, and identifying who is your ideal client. It took time to learn when a client was a good fit for me and vice-versa.
I think a scary part for entrepreneurs is the actual sale. I look at sales as a hug to my business. I think when you approach your business, it is helpful when it comes from a problem-solving perspective rather than money-making. I attract clients that are looking for what I offer. So when they meet me and learn what I have to offer, I look like a unicorn. It’s their investment in themselves. Sales are the tool through which you make your impact. I overcame some of the challenges by finding ways to streamline my processes, such as using apps like Calendly, linktree, and canva for my business. Using technology to help me get organized and be efficient.
Child of this Culture Foundation is a community-based organization I co-founded with my twin sister Cindy. Many times people start nonprofits with the idea that they should not make money. For me nonprofit means for impact, if you want to make an impact then you are going to understand that you have a business, that the profit is not for personal gain but goes back to your organization’s mission. We started it back in 2012, and I wanted to give everything for free, as if I had Oprah kind of money. What was great was to be able to adapt each year to our community needs. Cindy and I developed a breaking pedagody for early dance education called Bbaby. We want to share the culture to the earliest age possible and well ballet starts at 2-3 years old why not hip hop. Along with Bbaby we also created a children’s book called “I am Hip Hop” which is available on Amazon. We are currently working on the third edition of the book.
I feel that purpose driven work allows the momentum to continue. Connecting with the people and communities and building positive relationships is so important. Aligning your work with your core values gives you and your businesses a solid foundation. COTC’s mission is to spread a positive perspective of the hip hop culture and as we celebrate our 9th year in May I am super excited about expanding this year in hopes to create a safer and secure pipeline for breaking in the USA.
I have created many passion projects, most women-led, for example Floor Beingz, a Bgirl commentary project with fellow bgirl and dear friend Susanna Liu aka Bgirl Queen NV, striving and creating representation in these media spaces. Soulidarity LLC is a media and event company I co-founded with my amazing husband, Pascal Foelix aka DJ Razor Cut. We produce the Souls of Hip Hop Podcast which currently has 3 seasons. I think when working with your family, friends or significant others, it can sometimes be challenging because the entrepreneur part of you can replace the role of sister, friend, or wife. I consider these challenges growing strengths. Communication, appreciation, and trust are key.
I think all the different avenues I choose to put time into are driven by service to others. I want to protect, support, and empower those I have the pleasure to meet and work with. I want the world to know that my intention comes from a place of love, that there’s a high level of thought put into my work and I am open to share my knowledge with those seeking to put in the work. Regardless of the immense challenges in my life, I continue to turn poison into medicine. If you are out there wanting to find purpose and live joyfully with ease that truly is possible because my life is proof of that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have to dig deep with this question, since we are still in a pandemic and I am new to the area. I moved to Switzerland last summer and found myself in this beautiful country. Everything I can imagine and more. I currently live in the German speaking part of Switzerland between the two major cities Zurich & Basel. What’s great about this is that I am a train ride away from both these interesting cities. Zurich has so many great shops (e.g. the Titolo sneaker store or OOR records) and is positioned right by the Zurich Lake. Also, it’s easy to get around by public transit. In the town I live in there is a wonderful extreme sport center called Rolling Rock. It is a great place to try out rock climbing, trampoline, breaking, beach volley ball, skateboarding or roller skating. Furthermore, you can jump right into the close-by river and paddle board or simply hang out and bbq. I would definitely take my friend to the historic parts of town, where you can find many cute shops and enjoy great food (e.g. authentic Lebanese meals from Al Ahram, delicious momo’s from Kongpo or Pim’s Thai Noodles). Also we would often eat at my home, making raclette or fondue to share at our family table is such a fun experience.
I love spas and enjoy exploring an area to find unique and fun spa experiences. I would definitely take my friend to the spa world near by called Sole Uno. There’s a big floating pool underground that is so relaxing which is a must try if you are in the area. Lastly, there are great places to hike and explore the outdoors a short car ride away. For a day-trip, I would take them to the beautiful village of Gruyere, where the best cheese in the world is made and you can visit the H.R. Giger museum.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I came into this life with my mentor. My twin sister, Cindy. She is only 2 seconds older than me but some how I always looked up to her. She is kind, compassionate, strong, and a born leader. Together we compliment each other in so many ways. Cindy has taught me the importance of asking questions, that courage is needed to be your authentic self, that life is joyful and fun. I am blessed to have such a bond and to share this life with my twin.
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