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Overview

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  • Fluent in English, Polish; learning Spanish
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Founder of Pando Projects, a nonprofit in NYC
  • University of Virginia, 2006
  • From I was born in Michigan. First-generation American!
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To be joyful, authentic, and extraordinary

ABOUT ME

After I graduated from college, I went to work in New York City as an investment banker. (Sooo not for me!) After several years, I quit to become a Kiva Fellow, which allowed me to work at 3 different microfinance institutions in Bosnia, Kenya and the Philippines. After an epic year of travel, I returned to New York to start my own organization to help young people launch projects that make a positive impact on the planet. (www.pandoprojects.org.) In October, I put Pando on hold and have spent the last 5 months living in Hong Kong. I am now moving to San Francisco, which has always felt like home.

PHILOSOPHY

I don't care how long it takes me, I'm going somewhere beautiful.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've never couch surfed before, but my lovely sister has been couch surfing for years and recommended it.

Interests

Backpacking, reading, social entrepreneurship, cooking, surfing, yoga, meditation, tree climbing, travel, dancing, and interesting people

  • dancing
  • cooking
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • reading
  • traveling
  • backpacking
  • surfing
  • rock climbing
  • entrepreneurship

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Fight Club, Love Actually, Lord of the Rings, Cool Runnings, Amelie, Braveheart, Whale Rider

Books: 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Atlas Shrugged, Grapes of Wrath

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I went white water rafting on the Nile in Uganda. Our raft capsized four times in class 5 rapids, into water with crocodiles and snakes! One of the most intense experiences of my entire life.

Teach, Learn, Share

I don't feel ready to teach.

But some of my teachers:
- Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth"
- "The Alchemist"

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Philippines, United States

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