For as long as I can remember, I've been a curious person and a seeker of answers.
When I was 4 years old, my mom would make up bedtime stories for me. Lying down beside me, exhausted from a long work day, brain barely functioning, she'd begin a bedtime story: Once upon a time... and make up the rest as she went. But I couldn't let her crooked story plots past me.
"Hold on, why wouldn't the girl run away from the wolf?" I would interject.
"Wait, I thought the bunny just fainted. How is he talking again? Did he already go to the hospital to get fixed?" I would clarify.
Evidently, I've been asking important questions from very early on.
As I grew up, my curious attention shifted from make-believe bedtime stories to real-life human beings. I was the confidante amongst my friend groups. I wanted to know, What did she say to make you feel sad? and Why did that hurt you? and What's dinner time like at your house? and How did you learn to draw that?
As I kept growing, I got curious about how people operate in their own life-worlds. What do they need to feel supported? What are their desires? What stops them from living their potential? What encourages them? What do we need from each other and why?
I noticed that I was insatiably curious for work that, at its core, focused on bettering people:
From my high-school internships at a civil law firm, to the eye-opening courtroom experiences in social service, to my intensive research in communication and sociology, to the humbling months implementing youth leadership programs overseas, to my non-stop community-building while managing university dorms, to my worldly adventures that expand my intercultural understanding, to the life-changing years of leading Canada's largest university orientation program for first-year international students, it's undeniable that my purpose is to support and celebrate people as they navigate through this fascinating journey called Life.
So, at 4 years old, I was preparing to become a thoughtful asker of questions. Today, I use my question-asking to fill gaps in a process -- be it a thought process, planning process, change process, or growth process -- for both individuals and organizations.With my intermingling love for creativity, program design, writing, education, philanthropy, community, and honest business, I'm prompted by how people and processes exist together and influence one another. I desire to have my work feel like my playground, where I get to experiment with new ideas and tools and share them with others along the way.Plus, I've come to be known for my knee-slapping arsenal of corny jokes and spontaneous dance breaks... 'cause while I'm always serious about the work, I like to keep the life around it playful. :)