Category Archives: Everyone Has a Story

Mini-interviews with people like you who share some of their dreams, bucket lists, and advice

Everyone Has a Story: Amber McCoy

Photo provided by Amber McCoy (amberdawnconsulting.weebly.com/) - Used with permission

Photo provided by and used with permission from Amber McCoy

On her website, Amber McCoy describes herself as “Content Strategist. Social Media Specialist. Music Addict. Travel Junkie. Wine Taster. Life Lover. Art Collector. Foodie. Daughter. Aunt. Sister. Friend. Then Ohioan. Now Seattleite.” She grew up in a family of farmers and says, “I work hard, dream big and do not pretend that everything is perfect, but […] I still continue to smile each day and be ecstatic that I am alive to live each day.”

Today, as part of this mini-interview series, Amber shares one of the places she’d like to visit, and the advice that has helped her make every decision in her life.

(If you’re interested in being interviewed for this blog or have someone in mind for me to ask, please let me know or leave a note in the comments section.)

What is one of your dreams for your life?
Travel to different countries, graduate and receive my MBA, own my own company one day and become a wife and a mother

What is something on your bucket list?
To visit Rome and see all the architecture and artwork I studied while doing my undergrad.

What is the best advice you ever received?
My Dad gave me the best advice – “Never forget where you came from, never forget how you were raised, never forget who you are and always be grateful for everything and everyone in your life”. This advice has helped me throughout every decision I have made in life, both personal and professional. It always helps me to remain focused.

Thanks for sharing your time and dreams with us, Amber!

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Everyone Has a Story: Dariko

Photo provided by Daria (www.dariko.net) and used with permission

Dariko, on “a wonderful trip to the Georgian Caucasus mountains, and Blue Abudelauri Lake impressed me a lot. I really enjoy spending time in the nature, so usually my weekend relaxing is happening somewhere outside of the city” – Photo provided by Dariko – Used with permission

Today’s mini-interview subject is Dariko, who was born in Ukraine and moved to Georgia. Dariko decided to move after she developed a deep interest in the Georgian culture during her time working in the German Parliament in Berlin, where she made friends with many Georgians. Below, she shares her project about urban pedestrian safety, her experience learning to run, and her advice on conquering the habit of overthinking.

(If you’re interested in being interviewed for this blog or have someone in mind for me to ask, please let me know or leave a note in the comments section.)

What is one of your dreams for your life?
One of my dreams is to step on zebra crossing in Georgia, the country I live in, the country I love… To step on, and not to be angry with the drivers. Currently they are not super respectful to pedestrians. The situation is improving slowly, but still the driving culture is like in many Southern countries. But as I want to spend my life in Georgia, I wish this could be better! For raising awareness about the problem, my friends and me launched a small project called “This Is Zebra” (“Es Aris Zebra” in Georgian). We want this problem to be finally solved, so we speak up about this.

What is something on your bucket list?
I would love to participate in Tbilisi Marathon 2015. I could never run or jog even 2 minutes long. Never ever. Always had an excuse for not going to jog – even though it seemed attractive for me. My health was not perfect, I’ve been bad at running and jogging at school, people will watch me, the weather is bad, I don’t have good shoes… But finally I just went out of my house and started. It takes time to learn, but it’s worth it. Nobody is watching me, nobody forces me to run a marathon distance, nobody expects from me the results of Usain Bolt, nobody gives an ef! It was me who didn’t want the truth: I was just lazy and scared.

So, during this marathon, there will be also a track for beginners. I think I will try to do it this fall!

What is the best advice you ever received?
Well, it was not an advice to me personally, but it was the advice of a life coach I really respect (Olesya Novikova). As she was talking about barriers which prevent us from developing and moving forward, she said that the majority of things we “know” about ourselves is the mixture of what the others were telling us, and our overthinking.

“Start a Big Cleaning”, she said. “Get rid of this mental garbage. As long as you keep your old beliefs, you keep getting what are you getting now, and not something new. It’s impossible to change your life without changing your old beliefs and habits.”

It was such a useful advice! Helped me a lot. “I can’t,” “I am not able,” “I have a difficult character,” “I am too strong, nobody can handle me,” “I am stupid,” “All the guys/girls are mean/lame/taken,” “It’s impossible to start your own business,” “It is impossible to lose weight,” “I am as I am, I am not flexible, I was born this way” – the majority of those statements we believe in are based on bad experiences of people we know, or our failings we don’t want to accept. After I started revising all this, life became much better. A truly amusing process!

Thanks for sharing your time and dreams with us, Dariko!

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Everyone Has a Story: Isabelle

This mini-interview is with my friend Isabelle, who says (on a social media site) that one of her favorite quotes is “The most wasted of days is one without laughter” (by E.E. Cummings). Today she shares a few thoughts, including one of her many bucket list goals.

(If you’re interested in being interviewed for this blog or have someone in mind for me to ask, please let me know or leave a note in the comments section.)

Photo provided by Isabelle – Used with permission

Photo provided by Isabelle – Used with permission

What is one of your dreams for your life?
I want to be able to genuinely help people and be a tangible example of love.

What is something on your bucket list?
I have so many things! One of which is write a book. I have no idea what it will be about yet but I really enjoy writing and I like giving myself the challenge of completing a work. 🙂

What is the best advice you ever received?
I’ve heard it many different ways, but I remember my dad telling me once that your greatest strengths can be your greatest weaknesses, and your greatest weaknesses can be your greatest strengths. That piece of advice has always reminded me to check my perspective and look at problems and situations from all sides.

Thanks for sharing your time and dreams with us, Isabelle!

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