This is the part where I am supposed write about myself! My life, interests and other witty bits. Well, I’ll make this as quick and painless as possible 🙂
Born and raised on the Greek island of Skopelos, (Geography lesson 101). Left soon after 18 and headed to the UK to find my life, (among other people). I actually did! Ended up spending a good 5 years working and studying to get my BSc Hons in Hotel and Catering management from Oxford Brookes Uni.
I then went on to work and live in the US, (first during my 2nd year at Uni, as an intern), right after my graduation. Both these experiences shaped me in many ways. I lived both in the north of the US, (Mass.) and the southern most point of ‘Continental US’, (glorious Key West). My US stint lasted about 3 years before I had to return to my beloved Greece, (military duties-yes we still do those here). I had great fun explaining myself and my UK/US experiences to 18-19 year old navy sailors who had never before left home, (try explaining ‘being part of a float of the Key West Fantasy Fest Parade and dancing your head off to thousands of spectators)! I was 26 at the time and my Navy stint lasted for 1 year. I was determined to make the most out of it, contrary to the belief of all fellow sailors.
Athens followed with some amazing work experiences there. Most notably, working for the ‘Athens 2004-Olympic Games’. This surely is one of the biggest highlights of my life so far. Getting to be in the Olympic stadium during the Opening/Closing Ceremonies was one of the spectacular experiences I lived through during my time there. Running with the Olympic Torch during a grand tour of the Torch Relay in Greece, was definitely another.
I spend the next couple of years between my beloved island and Athens. Always balancing an island’s quiet life and busy city vibes when needed. You never really know what life has in store for you though.
The Middle East was calling for me next. Another challenging job lay ahead. Will not go into details here, but this place is ideal for those seeking to redefine their life values. Mine were re-evaluated in many ways and made me appreciate life even more. We never stop to appreciate things we take for granted in our daily lives. This is greatly needed once in a while and there are more than a few ways or places, to achieve that.
I don’t believe in ‘settling down’ in its traditional form. I am a firm believer that life should be lived to the full. Experiences should never stop flowing into one’s life now matter how ‘content’ one feels.
I love challenges in my life, as long as they can be rewarding. This trait of my character, combined with the ‘never settling’ part above, is how I came across WordPress. I was first looking into ways to totally change our family business website. Trying to find a platform where I can learn how to achieve a desired result. Ways to learn and develop valuable skills, while working on a real life project.
What I first noticed, was how Open Source it was. The huge community behind it and how you could always find solutions to everything. The more I got involved and learned, the more I realised how much I loved it. My first freelance project followed soon after. I still remember the thrill I felt both upon agreeing on that first project and upon finishing and launching those websites.
What I didn’t realise was how deep one could get. How multi-layered this learning curve would be. I am still learning and improving my skills, and have yet to find an aspect of WordPress that I am not interested in learning.
Front end – back end developing, design aspects, user interface and user experience aspects. Learning programming to tweak various areas of it. Theme development, and plugin development thrill me in an equal level.
I can easily and confidently say, that it has been one of the vary few things in my life that has kept me challenged and fascinated. I can also say that WordPress will keep me this way for the rest of my life.
Places I lived in
I guess I can say that I have lived the life of a Nomad. Although I am not certain I can qualify as one, I’m very close to achieving this title! Having lived in 4 different countries and 7 cities across the globe is as close to ‘not settling down’as possible. I am very grateful that I have had theses opportunities to live in such diversified places. Grateful, for all the experiences I was lucky to accumulate both in a work environment, as well as personally.
These experiences have shaped who I am and the way I see the world today. I trully believe that being a ‘Globe Wonderer’as much as one can, is the only way to experience this beautiful world we live in. Having a base is definitely useful, because it helps you appreciate more all you have lived through. It is great to ‘head back home’ and have friends and family you can share things with. Knowing that if things don’t work out, you always have somewhere to go back to. Skopelos Island has been that base for me from day one in my journey, and always will be!