How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
One daughter, she’s 2 years old!
What do you love about Stamford?
I live in Norwalk, but I go to Stamford all the time and I lived downtown for years. I loved being able to walk everywhere, which is not easy to do in other places in Connecticut. I loved that there is a lot to do, especially in the summer, along with diverse restaurants, proximity to the water, parks, theater, it’s the best of city and suburban living.
What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in Stamford?
I love Zaza!
What’s your favorite thing to do when you need some “me time”?
Reading a book! I’m a huge bookworm and my daughter and I go to the library all the time.
Tell us about your career.
I’m a digital marketing freelancer. I started my career in corporate, which was great. I moved into the freelancing space once my daughter was born and I really enjoy the work.
You’re the Marketing & Media Manager at the Bartlett Arboretum, what do you think makes the Bartlett Arboretum special?
It’s such a hidden gem! And there’s so much that they do, beyond offering trails and gardens (which are great, and you can visit every day for free). They have summer camps, concerts, festivals, education programs for kids, unique classes & workshops for adults, there’s always something going on! And Bartlett members get discounts!
Why is the Bartlett great for families?
It gives families a relaxing space to be together and enjoy the outdoors. Immersing yourself in nature is so critical for your mental, emotional and physical well-being. The Bartlett is a local oasis, away from the screens and the phones, which I think is important for everyone. The Bartlett also teaches families the importance of conservation, sustainability and what each of us can do to help protect the environment.
How do you juggle work with mommyhood?
It takes a village! I’ve learned to be flexible and prioritize what’s important for each day. And I’m lucky to have my family nearby, they are truly amazing.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom?
When my daughter was first born, I was working with a breastfeeding consultant and feeling very discouraged. She was so compassionate and one day, she said to me, “You’re putting too much pressure on yourself. What your daughter needs more than anything else is a happy, healthy mom”. I’m so glad I heard this advice early on because it applies to so many things in motherhood. It has honestly made me a better mom!