Oh, hello again!

It’s been a minute since I said hi… And there are a bunch more of you that are new. Let’s keep this blog entry fun and playful! Here are 5 things you may not know about me:

1. From the age of 5-25, I was a member of the Armenian scouting organization in Toronto. I’ve been camping twice a year for 20 years, and the furthest place I’ve gone camping was at a Jamboree in Armenia. Best experience of my life! I know a decent range of campfire songs, and still have a pretty good grasp of knots. I’ve had my fair share of port-o-potties, swimming in lakes, and sleeping in tents that I now only ever prefer vacationing with plumbing and air conditioning. Ya.

2. Growing up, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer ranged wildly: mermaid, cleaning lady, doctor, fashion designer. Eventually my answer changed to, “I don’t know what I’ll do, but I just know that I want to make lots of money.” I guess when mom told me to never rely on a man for income, I took it to heart and just made sure I could always be stable on my own.

3. Greece is majorly on my bucket list of places to see. The only places I’ve traveled to outside of Canada/USA are Dominican Republic, France, England/UK, and Armenia. Also on my bucket list: Bahamas, Hawaii, Ireland, Lebanon, Hong Kong. I love travelling, and not being able to go anywhere during this pandemic is driving me bonkers. Christian, my 9 year old, also has the travel bug…I promised him that for his 12th birthday, we’ll go anywhere he wants. Here’s to hoping it’s somewhere cool!

4. I’ve always been good with my hands. I’m artsy, crafty, handy, can cook a half decent meal, can sew manually pretty ok, can knit with a decent pattern, and can assemble Ikea furniture pretty well. In high school, my parents put me in extra art classes to boost my portfolio, and when I went to apply to my fine arts uni programs, I had to redo my entire port. There was a portfolio evaluation clinic for my program, and the prof that evaluated my portfolio told me that although I could draw, I had to show that I was creative. I literally rebuilt my entire portfolio in a matter of months and got into a highly competitive program because of it. That was the first of many experiences that taught me to push a bit further when I think I’m done.

5. I’m an introverted extrovert. I love being around people, but I really enjoy observing and not necessarily share much. I guess because I’m always talking, engaging, making conversation with clients — when I’m in a social setting, it’s nice to just observe and act like a sponge. I’d say up until I was 18, I had a hard time making conversation with people…small talk was not my forte. At one point in my 20s, I joined a direct marketing business which forced me to talk to random strangers and my small-talk muscle was put to the test. No more direct marketing for me, my main hustle is enough hustle for me!

If you’ve read this far, you’re a superfan for sure. If you ever see me when you’re out and about, please stop me to say hi!

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