Have you noticed the new photos up on my website and Instagram lately? The genius visual storyteller who provided the art direction and shot them is Nicole Wong! We were connected by our mutual pal and previous Hello Wonderful interview subject Christina Luo founder of Fox and Flourish. It is such a pleasure to work with Nicole and I think you will enjoy getting to know her more about her in the interview below. Also how about these photos?!
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?: Hi there! My name is Nicole and I'm a visual storyteller in Metro Vancouver. By day, I'm a social media professional and by night, I consider myself a dabbler. I dabble in a handful of things — from photography to art direction to writing. The term "dabbler" is something I gravitated towards after attending a conference in Portland last year, and I feel that it's wholly representative of my desire to try my hand at things I've always wanted to do.
What do you believe in? : Love, kindness, and passion.
When do you feel your most wonderful?: When I'm travelling. When I've just woken up and I'm basking in the feeling of warmth that surrounds my body. When I'm listening to (and belting out) a song I love and I can't help but dance along. When I'm with people whom I trust and love, and I don't feel the need to be "on". These are but a few of the plenitude of moments I've experienced over the course of my life.
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?: I think mistakes and wrong turns can often be seen in a different light, as lessons learned and actions that allow us to grow and better ourselves. These "mistakes" and "wrong turns" help shape our desires and mould us into the person we are meant to be. For me, landing my current job is something wonderful that came out of my foray into being an editor. While this is something I would never consider as a mistake, being an editor was more of an experience that allowed me to discover and truly dial into what I wanted to do career-wise. After discovering where my passions lay, I learned that I was more of a content creator, a visual storyteller, if you will. If I hadn't given editing a chance, I probably wouldn't have had the impetus to look within myself and thoughtfully consider what I wanted to do.
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?: I'm not sure if I can truly recall the very first time I experienced wonder. But one moment that I will always treasure is playing in the freshly fallen snow in the driveway when I was quite young. The feeling of excitement as I jumped into what seemed like a mountain of cold, but soft, powder is something I'll never forget.
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?
Flory Huang — Flory is one of the most genuine people I've had the fortune of meeting within the past year. She's an amazing person and a very talented one at that. I feel very lucky to call her a friend.
Amy Chen — Amy and I are Instagram pals, and what initially drew me to her account was her colourful and fun imagery. In this day and age where the minimalist aesthetic is omnipresent, her love of colour is a breath of fresh air. Another thing I love about Amy is her Snapchat game. She might just be my favourite person to follow on that app.
Satsuki Shibuya — Gentle and thoughtful, Satsuki is a painter and artist whose work I love. She has a fantastic way with words that never fails to calm me.