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Meet Lifestyle Blogger: Candace Moczarski
Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Moczarski.
Candace, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had a passion for people and life. I always knew I wanted to help people in some way. Secretly, I wanted to be a famous talk show host -(like Opera). I then started to look into the medical field and started college. Who would have thought the profession I chose would help save my mother’s life years later. I work for a world leading academic hospital Emory healthcare. I’m an x-ray technologist but now my work is focused in medical clinical informatics. I aid in helping people find out 1st hand what is wrong with them whether it be a broken bone, GI issues, or that word I hate “Cancer” I really enjoy my career to the fullest but, if you know what I mean you can experience some burn-out. Dealing with sick patients can take a deep emotional toll on your well-being. Finding the right balance is important. My family life has helped me able to balance my career and finding happiness. I just love being a wife and mother. I’m a full-time working mom with one toddler and another baby on the way. When my 1st baby was born I started her on Instagram as a brand rep for small businesses and large across the world. My hubby is a self-taught amazing photographer and it really helped us capture such great moments and help businesses’ advertise. Again my nature of helping people succeed is shared once again. I wanted to now get all the knowledge and small things I do out there to the real world. If I can help one person and one person help another it can go global. So I have started to dabble in the blogging world about 1 year ago and have found a creative outlet to help others. My blog consists of Wellness, Fashion, + Motherhood. So many people have told me how much I inspire and motivate them which in return fills my success. I never got to be that famous talk show host but I sure feel the best success in what I have become and still growing to achieve. I have come to love being able to be the mom ” WHO DOES IT ALL! Mother, Wife, Christian, Full-time worker, stylist, lifestyle/wellness blogger, cancer advocate, caretaker for my mother. This pretty much sums up my life and I would not change a thing. To me nothing is perfect but this is my kind of normal and I’m running with it.
Has it been a smooth road?
Life is never a smooth road! Of course, challenges occur, health issues, financial issues, almost losing my apartment, failing some courses. All these issues have helped shaped and molded me into the person I am today.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the future, I like to see myself as a successful working mom who is able to make a huge impact on others whether it be guiding people through a cancer diagnosis or helping choose the best developmental kids toys. I want to be the person who is able to excel in my career but also holds a strong family balance. In the future, I would love to have my blog go viral helping to inspire/promote other moms and small businesses’ I would like to make a book called ‘Cancer 101″ to help newly diagnosed cancer patients know what to expect and guide them to successful outcomes. When I have left this earth, I would like my tombstone to read “She has lived life to the fullest of her own personal success”
Let’s go backward a bit – can you tell us about the most trying time in your career?
I see life as a roller coaster times of high and excitement and all time lows as well. The biggest struggle for me was I had gone to school in New Jersey with dreams of being in the medical field but not knowing exactly what, I started out in nursing school but quickly found that was not the profession for me. After, dropping out of school I was so confused and struggled with finding the right profession for me. I was lost and saddened because I had a fire burning in me that yelled success but not able to grasp my career path. So I dabbled in the hair industry, retail, and the restaurant business, Taking some time off really helped me land the perfect career. I felt as though I found myself. The world of healthcare was my passion and I chose Radiology. Most people think radiology is all about broken bones and chest x-rays but is so much more than that. Radiology is the first major impactful step in diagnosing patients. It can be the patient’s voice for an abuse victim or tell a story of what’s going on in one’s body. So I applied and made the top 28 applicants out of 800. This was for sure a high moment for me. At the time I was in school I lost my grandfather to cancer which really set me back he was a person who taught me about the power of family. During school, I lived in an apartment with my boyfriend at the time now hubby. He lost his job while putting me through school and we could not afford our rent or even food. So this for me was hard. It all the more made me more determined to succeed. I came from two parents who never went to college so I was determined to graduate college. The day came and I did it I graduated with honors and landed my 1st job with Emory Healthcare. Life was looking good on the bright side. I got engaged , married. Then tragedy struck again my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer at 51 and never smoked in her life. I was determined to save her life. I stayed up day and night studying her disease from the cellular level. I felt like I was back in school again. The docs told us she had 1 year to live and I did not except that answer. So with everything I have learned in the health industry, I went on a mission to save her life. This was a very dark place in my life as my mother is my best friend and my life. I then found out I was pregnant with my daughter which brought me great joy. Then tragedy struck again I lost my aunt to cancer just three days after my daughter was born. Yes, that word “Cancer” I hate it with a passion. So this brings me to where I am in life now. My mom is still alive healthy and well. I have been promoted to Imaging Workflow Administration within Emory Healthcare. I have started a Lifestyle/Wellness/fashion blog. I’m currently expecting a son any day now. I’m so in love with my hubby and high school sweetheart. Most of all I’m a mom. I’m just living the way I call “my way” of life and deep down I feel so successful and would not change my life. If it was not for all the obstacles I would not be where I ‘am today and value life the way I do.
What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
When I got promoted in my job career I felt an OH WOW moment. I was very young to be promoted for this position and there was lots of competition but I made it. The position was all mine. It just proved that hard work, dedication and staying true to yourself really does pay off. Now I just want to keep on flourishing. I love the blogging world and find lots of success in it. My biggest WOW moment still is when I found out that after all the despair I encountered trying to find the perfect career. I found one that helped save my mother’s life!
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- Website: www.can1love.com
- Email: Candulca@yahoo.com
- Instagram: @can1love
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/can1love
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All Image Credit by Milanca Photography Atlanta based photographer (My hubby)
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