Having left her corporate job at the age of 41, Candy decided to dedicate her life to finding her path, (re)building meaningful relationships and the exploration of spiritual development, both her own and those around her. Candy's journey led her back to a long-held passion for helping and advising others and inspired her to finally turn that passion into a career.

During her career at NIC, she held a variety of leadership roles eventually earning the title General Manager/President of their Indiana subsidiary. Upon moving to the corporate level, she continued to climb the ladder making her way to Vice President of Operations reporting to the COO. She had arrived!

At the height of her corporate career, rising to be the only two female vice president on the operations team, Candy realized she wanted more out of life than a title. On a personal level, she had experienced two failed marriages and found herself in yet another long-term relationship that was going nowhere. She had been so focused on her career, she had forgotten (how) to focus on herself. So...

To the shock of nearly everyone around her, Candy quit her big job with the fancy title to embark on the hardest job…(re)connecting with herself, healing her heart and finding her soul’s purpose. Because she wanted to be a writer and had heard that to be a writer you needed to write every day for a year, she documented her escape and self explorations on her 365go.me blog. This is where you really get to know Candy.

Prior to leaving NIC, Candy earned her 200 hour yoga instructor certification and completed a Kids Yoga® training but was too busy with her career to teach yoga to adults or children. Once she found herself free of the corporate restraints, she was able to finally begin teaching. Her love of water and the outdoors, led her to start teaching yoga on paddle boards, of all things, affording her a level of freedom and expression she hadn't felt since childhood. She eventually moved her teaching indoors as the weather cooled, spending several years teaching adults and student athletes and volunteering her time to teach children at a local domestic violence shelter.

With more time on her hands, Candy discovered a passion for the intersection of science and spirituality, called metaphysics. This led her to earn a coaching certification in the Psychology of Dynamic Eating from the Institute of Eating Psychology in Boulder, Colorado, become an USUI Reiki Master (certified to work with humans AND animals) and co-found, along with Laura Haehl, a cardology based business called Kismet (www.itiskismet.com). Candy is a Six of Diamonds in cardology (aka The Sensitive Advocate).


​Along the way, Candy was drawn to purchase a local yoga studio in Indianapolis, Tree House, which she transformed into the zen performance lab called Altitud, prior to closing it down so she could follow her soul’s calling to live surrounded by mountains.


Candy holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. She also earned distinction as a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient from Governor Frank O’Bannon and is a recipient of the Indianapolis 40 Under 40 achievement award.

To unwind, Candy enjoys yoga, meditation, kickboxing, being in nature, traveling alone or with friends and getting sucked into psychological thrillers. But more than anything, she loves spending time with Sheba, her American Bulldog. Nothing beats the unconditional love and uncontrollable tail-wagging of a furry friend.

© 2020 by Laura Haehl & Candy Irven

based in Asheville, NC

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