Somewhere en route towards the PhD I planned to get in utterly impractical and ancient things, I decided I didn't want to spend my 20s in a library. So I did the opposite. Went from Prague to Hong Kong by land...traveled to over 30 countries...worked as a journalist...spent 7 years building a non-profit doing sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa and then moved to the Hudson River Valley to start building a more sustainable life for myself.
What I’m doing with my life
After building a successful social startup, I decided to help others do the same. So now I consult, helping non-profits, social enterprises and government agencies with communications and strategy.
I spent a lot of time working crazy hours at a job I loved. Now, I love all the hours I get to spend doing things other than working.
Also, I recently adopted a dog. Her name is Whiskey.
I’m really good at
Befriending strangers and knowing the lyrics to just about every TV theme song.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm smiling.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books--I love the classics in perpetuity, and currently think all
things written by John Irving and Margaret Atwood are brilliant. I
will always love Romantic novels (capital "R"--not the kind you buy
in Duane Reade) and old school sci-fi.
Movies--The Princess Bride=best movie ever. Otherwise, I'm pretty
much all about alternating between black & white films and
action movies. A little Cary Grant, throw in some Sylvester
Stalone, either Hepburn and some Harrison Ford and that's pretty
much all I'll ever need.
TV--I'm a serial monogamist when it comes to television. I'm a one
show kind of girl.
Music--Let's just say that at the moment, these are my favorite
Pandora stations: Regina Spektor, Simon and Garfunkel, Cake, Beck,
Ella Fitzgerald, Angus and Julia Stone, Joni Mitchell and the
Food--As a recovering vegetarian, I'm experimental with food--I
believe you should try anything twice.
The six things I could never do without
6. And apparently--references to 90s television.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How archaeological adventure films are a grossly undervalued genre.
On a typical Friday night I am
With friends--everything else is circumstantial.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think I've always secretly believed that magic actually
exists--like life is too interesting to be limited to that which
You should message me if
You feel at home in strange places. You like road trips. Your eyes light up when you talk about things that excite you.
You're Jewish in some way...it'll make my mom happy :)