THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today, we feature Meghedi Melody Nazarian.
I consider myself a passionate wordsmith. I treat words as beautiful little tools that convey melodic messages to the world. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. I crafted my first poem at the age of 8, while my first sonnet — “Sonnet of Sorrow” — was published in a children’s anthology a few years later. Years later, after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Communications and Journalism, my writing officially career launched at popular blog network, POPSUGAR, where I was a fashion and lifestyle blogger from 2007-2013. Since then, I have written for established fashion brands like GUESS Jeans, Paige Denim, and J Brand. I have also worked with various successful companies like Wagstaff Worldwide, Brandless, Bluedot Innovation, and UCSF Medical Center. Along with writing, I also feed my love of fashion as a senior wardrobe stylist for San Francisco-based company, Stitch Fix.
In my spare time, I work on a passion project I started with my friend Sarina called Kindness Karma (IG @kindness.karma). We host kind-themed networking events all over LA to bring good people together and spread good vibes. We also participate in volunteering efforts together. Everyone and anyone is welcomed, so join us!
Question: What is your life philosophy?
Trust life. Put out positive vibes and you’ll get it right back. At least that’s been my experience.
Question: What is your hope for the future?
My hope for the future is humans being able to get along not only despite their differences but because of them. It may sound idealistic but nothing makes me more happy than harmony; people embracing their differences and coming together in camaraderie.
Question: What is your favorite thing about being Armenian?
My favorite part of being Armenian is the instant warmth you feel when you meet another Armenian in any part of the world. It’s a magical feeling and I embrace it every single time it happens.
Question: How has being Armenian influenced you?
Being Armenian has shaped my entire view of the world. Until today I am mostly surrounded by Armenian friends, but our tight-nit nature has also made me open my eyes to other cultures and appreciate our differences. I love going to Armenia every couple years because it truly feels like home, but I equally love discovering new places and faces. I think it’s important to stay in touch with our culture and language without alienating/ignoring the existence of others.
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