MUSE We love: CC Mungra
If you have been following the progression of the MC, you will notice a lot of editorials with CC. She has been one of our biggest supporters over the last year & really helped keep the momentum going when I was ready to give up. CC is one of those rare people you meet with a genuine love for helping people become the best version of themselves which is hard to find these days. Not only is she fun, lovable & undoubtedly nerdy, like myself, but she is INTELLIGENT. She is quick witted and ambitious which is a lethal combination in my book.
While I can go on and on about how much I appreciate what CC has done for this project, I also have to share with each of you some intellect from the muse herself:
MC: What’s your name?
Candice Mungra, but my friends call me CC
How old are you? Where are you from?
CC: 25, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I lived in South Brunswick, NJ for 12 years and recently moved to Ewing, NJ.
MC: What do you believe your purpose is?
CC: Aside from saving all the animals and the environment from human destruction, I would like to inspire people to evolve into greater, more wholesome versions of themselves. (see Counseling)
MC: What inspires you?
CC: My faith inspires me. Hope for humanity inspires when I see good people doing good things with no expectation of acknowledgement or compensation. People who achieve excellence, whether effortlessly or through prior personal struggles.
MC: When or where do you feel most like yourself?
CC: It's kind of strange for me, but I think I feel the most like myself when I'm with my sister. She is a reflection of how much I've grown to become the person I am now. We're completely ourselves around each other because she's the only person I can say knows every little thing about me and vice versa. I feel the same with my best friend and boyfriend because although they don't know me as well as my sister does, they still bring out the best of me in their own individual ways.
MC: What’s the most rewarding part of being a woman?
CC: In this day and age, it's rewarding to know that women are excelling in fields that weren't even thought to be achievable 50 years ago. I love that there is so much room for growth and possibility. I also love the diversity of being a woman. The fact that "tomboy chic" is a category of style is awesome because I love to dress comfortably (I actually hate dressing girly) and I love that there are so many ways you can look comfortable and cute at the same time.
MC: What’s the most challenging part of being a woman?
CC: The most challenging part is being underestimated all the time. For me personally, this has always been a personal struggle because I am constantly judged for my size. I guess you could say I've had a bad case of Napoleon complex since I was old enough to understand the concept of self-esteem because I can remember carrying 5 bags of groceries on each arm just to prove I wasn't "weak" or "puny". And that self-hate was exactly what I used to fuel me throughout life, so much so, I earned the alias "Little Giant" from my Sorority.
MC: What makes you smile?
CC: Cute furry animals, my loved ones, and just doing great, positive things.
MC: What makes your heart ache?
CC: Human & Natural destruction. I think humans do much more harm which is sad because it is preventable.
MC: If you could do anything in your life what would it be?
This probably sounds really cliche, but I would honestly travel the world, providing people and animals in need with resources.
What’s the most challenging obstacle that you’ve faced? What made it the most challenging? What do you think was the most valuable lesson you learned from this obstacle?
CC: My most challenging obstacle was the intake process for my Sorority. I can't get into detail, but I definitely grew a lot from the experience because it was so challenging, and at the end, so rewarding. I learned that there is no such thing as "I didn't have enough time". Everyone has the time to achieve their goals. It's all about how you maximize your time that determines if/how your goals will be met.
MC: What are you most fearful of?
CC: Failing and losing a loved one.
MC: What’s something that you wish you had learned/done? Is there an area that you would still like to explore or learn about?
CC: I wish I hadn't wasted time during my earlier years in college. I wish I could have traveled abroad and finished learning Spanish. I'll still make that happen though, just not on a college level.
MC: What is your greatest accomplishment? What makes it the greatest?
CC: Successfully training my dogs! Above anything else, they are my dog-children and I take every opportunity to boast about how intelligent they are! It's truly like having kids. You're the proudest parent when you've taught your kid something new, and that's how I feel about my dogs.
MC: What does it feel like to feel most connected to who you are?
CC: I've gone through many different phases in life, and they all led me to this point where I feel like this is exactly who I was meant to become. If it hadn't been for all of those phases, I would probably be a really boring individual. I feel complete and fulfilled in knowing I'm the person God intended to create. And of course there's much more to experience; I just hope things continue to move upward.
MC: When do you feel most alive?
CC: I feel most alive when my senses are completely stimulated, my adrenaline is pumping and I feel relaxed and energized at the same time. It could be something as exhilarating as parasailing or something as invigorating as watching flowers bloom. Life in general excites me.
MC: How are you able to most authentically express yourself? What form does your self-expression take?
CC: I don't think I have found that outlet that helps me to express myself to the extend I would like. Currently, modeling has been a fun pastime for me, but I haven't fully mastered it yet. I also enjoy blogging, road-tripping, taking spontaneous adventures, and helping people (whether through giving advise or participating in community service). I'm still learning everyday, but I'll find that one thing that helps me express myself fully one day...