At Business Workspaces, we love getting to know our members and employees personally and professionally. This month, we welcome our new Member Services Coordinator Kristyn Avallone! To get to know more about Kris, continue reading below.
- Introduce yourself?
Hello everyone! My name is Kristyn (Kris for short). I am 29 years old and have been living in EDH for the past 5 years. I am originally from the San Jose area and consider myself a true “San Josean.” I am very happy to join the team at Business Workspaces and cannot wait to continue to learn and grow with you all in this next chapter of my life. Thank you for all the kindness and support!
- How did you get started in work?
After COVID-19 started to die down, I knew I would have to start looking for work again. For 10 years I worked in retail/food/childcare, minimum wage jobs. I was always nervous or had anxiety about going beyond and doing something more productive and better for myself. 2020 made me realize a lot about what I wanted and where I wanted to go in life. So, I gathered up the courage to apply to a temp agency and started applying for more professional work. The results were so unexpected and amazing. The first job I temped at, I excelled in. I felt like I was being seen for the first time in my career. And I feel like I’ve already have come so far and learned so much from everyone. I am very proud of myself and my newfound confidence. I plan to continue to excel and grow as much as I can from here on out!
- What is something about you that most people do not know?
Well, I can think of two things. I am Greek, and my grandpa’s name is Hercules. I loved visiting him and hearing all his amazing stories and eating at traditional Greek restaurants; yum! The other is that I was athletic in my youth and high school. I road motorcycles, dirt bikes, quads, mountain bikes. I was also on the swim team for 8 years and was a lifeguard and swim instructor for 5. Today I am less involved with sports, and I am more into theatre and Shakespeare!
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to be living in Ashland Oregon with Tony and my two cats. It’s been my dream to move there since 2009. Also hope to be married and have traveled to Japan and Greece. Career-wise I hope that my boyfriend has his master’s by then and is living his dream in coding. I hope to be managing a company with the skills I have acquired. Either way, I most of all hope to be happy and healthy, and that my friends and family are happy and healthy too.
- Other than work, what are you passionate about?
I am a huge ally for many different communities. I have marched and fought for many different people’s rights. I also have donated many times and have helped in youth centers in the past. I have very strong passionate feelings towards different communities and will defend them and support them. I am also passionate about educating and giving out the proper information to those who may not about the communities I support and are in. Nothing brings me more joy than to open people’s minds and hearts.
- What types of activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
I love makeup, calligraphy, painting, playing video games, reading books, writing, watching different streaming services like Disney+, Netflix, Crunchyroll. I also love to swim. Tony and I love going to the river or CSD pool and swim for hours. I also love going to the ocean as much as I can. I miss living in the bay area because we were so much closer to the ocean.
- What advice do you have for others interested in your hobbies?
Practice. Practice even if you are bad at it. I tell myself this no matter what I do. Makeup, calligraphy, painting, video games. Practicing every day and expanding your knowledge on the subject will no doubt get you one step closer to your goal in whatever hobby you want to excel in.
- Do you have a daily habit that helps you be more successful?
I try my best to always give myself grace, tell myself positive affirmations, or watch influencers that inspire me on social media. Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and eat healthy (but also eat happily when I want to). I try to keep in touch with my family on a daily basis (I am a big family person) and always make sure to talk to Tony when I want inspiration. I make sure to always pet and cuddle my cats for some daily love. I use my phone a lot, especially my calendar, notes and alarms to keep myself scheduled and organized for the week. I also journal every night.
- Why did you choose Business Workspaces and how has working here helped you?
I chose Business Workspaces because it’s the first place I have worked where I feel like I’m excelling and being seen for who I am and what I can bring to the table. I also love the people I work with, and they accept me for who I am which is huge for someone like me. It is so greatly appreciated.