Candace Therese Mezetin
Candace which is pronounced Can-dis is from the hereditary title of the queens of Ethiopia, as mentioned in Acts in the New Testament. It is apparently derived from Cushitic kdke meaning “queen mother”.
According to the urban dictionary Candace can be viewed as a noun;
1. An angel who mysteriously lost her wings.
2. Someone lovely who makes an entire room light up with just a smile.
3. A being of total perfection; flawless
Or it can be viewed as a verb;
1. to be someone completely beautiful on the inside and to hide it from the world
2. an act of being too gorgeous for words
3. to do things with caution; to be a perfectionist; to have OCD
I found it quite amusing to see what the world has to say about “Candace”
While some of the descriptions may be a bit farfetched, I’m in agreement with some of the definitions portrayed because in truth it does describe some of who I am.
On a more serious note,
My name is Candace Therese Mezetin and I am the eldest of 6 children birthed in the span of 11 years. We grew up in Jamaica Queens NY and I’m tempted to say we lived the “hard knock life” (that may be an extreme) but truthfully life was no walk in the park for my family. By the grace of God we made it. I graduated John Bowne H.S. with a regents diploma with a concentration in writing. Writing was and still is my number 1 love as it provides me a venue to “get it all out” when words do not suffice.
I went on to collegiate studies where I obtained my BS in health Sciences and my MS in occupational therapy. I furthered my studies by obtaining an Educational Specialist degree in early childhood education (Ed.S). I practiced occupational therapy in the state of NY for 7 years and in 2014 I resigned from my job to home school my children after the birth of my child.
Yes, I have children. Four of them in fact, but first let me introduce you to my husband, Maximilian Mezetin. We have been married for 10 years come January 2017 and together we have 4 beautiful children whom I deem gifts from God. Currently my occupation is homeschooling my children and I embrace this opportunity with humbleness and gratitude.
My desire in life is truly to live and love all people the best way that I can. My love is imperfect so I heavily rely on Jesus to help me emulate his love. I have a passion to help people and I look forward to sharing my personal journey with you as a means to empower, and cultivate love and growth within our lives.
Contessa Theo Thomas
Contessa, which is a name of Italian origin means “Royalty”. The second of six children and life of hardships beginning from a very young age left me feeling anything but “Royal”. However, through a life filled with faith and trust in God, beginning at the tender age of 13, I began to slowly realize and truly embrace my name, which represents elegance and power. Through much perseverance and dedication to rise above the odds set before me, I stand proud today as a wife to a wonderful husband (Jonathan Thomas), mother, and well accomplished professional, who took a stand and dedicated ever bit of my energy to being a survivor…someone who faced the deepest and darkest pits, but still had a light that shined bright for all to see. No, I never gave up. I was determined to be an example for my siblings, my husband, my children, my extended family and all those who I had the pleasure of meeting.
As a result of this passionate drive to be an example, I began working at the early age of 14 to help my mother out financially, which then led to a position within a law firm (recipient of the Law Thurgood Marshall Scholarship) at 17. From there, I kept going full steam ahead: graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Health Sciences) from Stony Brook University, Masters of Public Health from Walden University, and currently on route to completing a Doctorate in Public Health (Epidemiology) also at Walden University.
June 2016 marked a new journey in my life. To fulfill my purpose here on this earth and reach and change lives by encouraging and educating others (in my own unique way). I stepped away from all that I knew in faith. My sister Candace and I have been through many rewarding and challenging experiences throughout our lives. However, it propelled us to unite our voices to fulfill our purpose and life-long goal of working together, which led to the birth of Sis∞Arias United.
Life is truly a gift that should not be taken for granted, but instead be used to bring about change and growth within our lives and the lives of those around us.