In this episode, Rebekah welcomes the one and only ‘Chewbacca Mom,’ Candace Payne, to the show. If you haven’t seen the online viral sensation that is Candace’s unbridled joy and laughter at the simple pleasure of a Chewbacca mask, then be sure to put it on your radar; it is a must-see that will no doubt bring you joy! Tune in to hear Candace’s struggles throughout life, including a suicide attempt, and the simple act from a friend that changed everything. She and Rebekah talk about those simple acts of kindness and support that are so needed in today’s turbulent, strained times. Candace has since transformed her pain to her ultimate purpose – bringing joy to the world – reminding us all that appreciating the simple joys in life is what makes all the difference.

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So I’m really excited about our interview today because I have Candace Payne with me and she’s been such a joy in my life without even knowing it. And so now, Candace, I’m so excited to see you and kind of be connected in this way. I wish I could give you a big hug. And thank you for all the joy that you bring to the world every day.

Candace:

Well, thank you. I know, I wish I could give so many people hugs. I ran into an old friend that was in our youth group, and my husband and I were youth leaders. And she’s now a grown woman married three kids. And we were like, Hey, we like doing what we do. So good to see you. And we just felt this awkwardness of like, I can’t even High Five or fist bump, you know, hugs are coming like a furious rage when all this is over. I’m telling you.

Rebekah:

That’s right. We’re both from the south. Well, I’m from Kentucky originally, but I moved to Texas right outside of Houston for several years. So I feel like connected to Texas. And oh, you know, once you’re in Texas it you feel like there’s this belonging like nothing else. Do you know what I mean? You will always have Texas in you?

Candace:

Yes. That’s how it is.

 

Rebekah:

And my daughter was born in Texas so we all feel that connection. And yeah, it’s that Southern thing. You can’t get enough of.

 

Candace:

It’s crazy. We have our own language here. We have our own understandings. I mean, like, we just get each other. And there’s a lot of commonalities. It’s such a big state. When you just go I’m from Texas. People are like, okay, you’re fine. You’re fine. Part of the group.

Rebekah:

Well, so let’s talk about obviously your title is now the Chewbacca mom and before we start recording, we were talking about How it’s so weird, right? You became this overnight sensation for a video where you try it on a mask and you were laughing. But your laugh was so contagious, that people kept sharing and sharing and sharing. And you made everyone’s day. How’s that feel?

Candace:

Oh, there’s so many feelings to it. There’s I’ve been for years trying to describe the feelings to it. Honestly, it comes down to it was a moment that I just feel like it was necessary for everyone. There was levity that was needed, you know, people needed to just feel some relief from the climate that we were in four years ago. Believe it or not, history does repeat itself. Like that video that I posted was four years ago in May, and it was during an election year. It was also followed by in June. As of 2016, some racial tension in our country and some riots, even in Dallas, my home city, 15 minutes away from where I was living. And so I’m seeing even four years removed trying to explain this moment of why people needed that video. And it’s almost, it’s almost easier to say it for years removed, to remind them why we needed it, because there’s a lot of the same tension. So a lot of the same anxieties that we’ve had and carried that are now repeating themselves even in today.

And it was a moment that is not just laughter, but it was a moment to remind us, something’s going to be okay.

You know, and I feel like even now, in a much more dramatic climate in 2020 versus 2016. We need something to remind us. A deep breath is coming. It’s going to be okay. And it was not necessary. Fairly me, you know what I mean? I think I think when I look at the big scope of it, how it makes me feel it’s, it’s fun to have a moniker that somebody calls me Chewbacca mom, right? But at the end of the day, I knew by and large that that video was something that outlives me.

It was, it was for many people, a deep breath and a sigh and a normalcy and an old friend to say, it’s going to get better. It may be a rough day today, but it’s going to get better.

Tune in to the episode to hear the rest of my amazing interview with the one and only Chewbacca Mom, Candace Payne!!

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