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Candace Cameron Bure Explains How Choices Impact Future Generations

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Candace Cameron Bure Explains How Choices Impact Future Generations

By Movieguide® Contributor

Candace Cameron Bure and Bianca Juarez Olthoff recently got together on Bure’s podcast to talk about the importance of decisions.

“Decisions not only affect our day-to-day, but they affect our futures. They can affect the people around us. It can affect generations to come,” Bure said.

Olthoff wholeheartedly agreed and used her own family as an example. Her father and grandmother’s decisions affected the trajectory of her life.

“I think of my grandmother, who came to New York from Puerto Rico, and she worked in a sweatshop making clothes so that I can live the life that I’m now living,” Olthof shared. “I think of my father, who came here at a very young age, was brought over by my grandmother, and the decisions that he made, even in the aspect of faith.”

“My grandmother made decisions in business to affect our family financially today. But my dad made faith decisions that have altered our complete generation,” she said.

Olthoff argues that people need to be intentional with the choices they make. She says that when life gives you lemons, as the saying goes, don’t make lemonade. Rather, “plant the seeds so that generations in our wake will be able to eat the fruit of our sacrifices.”

Along those lines, Bure shared that she chose to continue acting even when she had kids at home. Her father encouraged her to stop, but she had already taken a 10-year break to be with her kids. She felt that it was important not just for her but for others.

Deseret News reported Bure’s previous comments about that time in her life: “Look at the season that I had within motherhood. God took me out of the industry for a good 10 years. I didn’t work in the industry so that I could be a mom.”

“And there were days I struggled and struggled. And yet God was laying the foundation for the next season of my life, going back into the industry and being a voice for him,” she continued. “I wouldn’t have been able to speak about him had I not had those 10 years to be home with my kids. That gave me the time [to focus] on the Bible and my relationship with the Lord.”

Bure told Variety, “I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even as a teenager. I knew that I loved the entertainment industry and I did love acting, but I always felt like I wanted more. I didn’t just want to be an actor, which is a great thing. I wanted more, so I was always positioning myself and trying to learn, as a young adult, what else I could do—the other aspects of the industry like producing or directing.”

Movieguide® recently reported on a prior conversation of Bure and Olthoff’s about resilience:

Olthoff highlighted three characteristics of a resilient person: perspective, the ability to pivot, and purpose.

“Perspective is an honest acceptance of reality while still maintaining hope,” Olthoff said.

To make her point, Olthoff used holocaust survivors as an example. The ones who survived were not the ones with a delusional sense of reality but the ones who acknowledged reality and had hope.

“The ones who survived were the ones that were like, we may not make it, but we’re gonna find a way to survive every day like it’s our last day,” she said.


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