“When Oedipus was blinded he lost his sight, but simultaneously gained insight” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
“I first ‘met’ Theresa when I attended SociaLIGHT in 2015… and by met I mean, looked at her when she passed by me in the room where Seth Godin was signing books during the conference. Even at that time Theresa was carrying Love, her super cute dog. Theresa is a passionate entrepreneur with energy to fill an entire room. She wanted to showcase Toronto in the shot and being that she goes by Queen T sometimes, having the CN Tower icon in the background was exactly what we needed.” – Camila G
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Theresa is the founder of SociaLIGHT, a conference that provides empowerment, inspiration and support to early stage startups, leaders and entrepreneurs through conferences, a membership platform and educational media content.
An Interview with Theresa
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. I don’t even remember what I did last ever!! [Long pause] My grandfather was my hero and his birthday was Sept 17th and mine is Sept 14th. So growing up as a little girl… my grandfather was iconic to me. He would be celebrating his birthday and there would be a big cake for my grandfather and beside his cake there would be a little lady bug cake for me. The 2 of us always got to celebrate our birthdays together.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I don’t even remember…. Some people have horror stories I guess…. I can’t really recall.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. Woah, this is so great.. it is making me flashback through all my birthdays…. Hmmm… An ex-boyfriend got a limo and surprised me and filled the limo with balloons, and I love balloons, and there was champagne and my best friends… and I love this singer names Chris Assaad and the limo stopped and picked up the singer I love, and he had the acoustic guitar and he played my favourite song…. That was a good surprise.
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. Cake! Because they say that when you eat cake, at someone’s wedding or birthday, they say you should eat a piece of the cake so that the life of the celebrant is as sweet as the cake… And in Asian culture you have to have long noodles… so I always have long noodles because long noodles mean long life.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Celebrating. The art of celebrating is something I think not a lot of people do, and specially when you are an entrepreneur… it is always the “next thing” and it is an art to stop and acknowledge how far you’ve come, how much you have grown as a human being, so I think the most important thing to do on a birthday, aside for me, praying and being grateful…. reflection is really important. Celebrate your energy in this planet.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. Church. I have to go to church. My mom always makes me go to church to get a blessing. And reflect. And I do this thing, I drink a bottle or a glass of wine by myself and just write. So I have a diary for every year of my life… I write what did I learn in the last year, how did I grow, what are my biggest accomplishments, and what do I want to accomplish, achieve or experience in this new year coming.