I’m Oana (pronounced “wanna,” like in “wanna dance?”). I’m an experienced marketer pursuing many other passions in life, such as: writing, traveling, travel and food writing, cooking food, eating food (see a pattern here?), dancing, and interesting people stories.
I was born and raised in beautiful Romania, land of Dracula, Nadia Comaneci, and sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls – if you haven’t tasted these yet, you’re seriously missing out!). I came to the US in 1997 to study at Berea College, the #1 liberal arts college in the South and a unique private college featuring an incredible tuition-free work-study education. After graduation, I received an MBA in Marketing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Duke’s online continuing education provided me with the latest and greatest information in Digital Media and Marketing. But honestly, some of the best lessons came from life and my hands-on experience as a marketer, writer, and traveler.
I love traveling and food, and I pursue both as much as possible, sharing my experiences with the readers of my travel blog GreatEscapetations.com (a play on words: Great Escape + Great Expectations). I muse about many things in my Thoughtfulicious.com blog. I ballroom dance and I am a proud mamma of three furry kids: two dogs and a cat.
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As the daughter of a teacher mom and a hard-working dad, I am guided by strong values, which I followed both in my personal and my professional life:
I value honesty (even if sometimes truth might be unpleasant – the good news is that it might inspire a positive change), strong work and personal ethics, and accountability for one’s actions.
Listening is a large part of understanding, and the feedback loop is essential.
Mutual respect is vital in any relationship.
I approach every task with a “can-do”/solutions-oriented mind set; setting goals, and then tracking and measuring results are vital steps in any process.
Life is too short to forget what’s really important. A positive attitude is healthy; people perform at their best when they are happy.
It’s important to dream big and have a big picture view of things. It’s also important to develop creative solutions around inevitable hurdles.
Compassion is what makes all the difference in the world. We are all biased, but we are able to learn and love.