Updated: Feb 23, 2020
Cultural Background: Nicaragua, Central America
Anona Wellness Profile: 7/10
PART ONE: Getting Familiar with Adrienne
1. Tell us a bit about yourself! What’s your name, background, etc.
I was born and raised in Ottawa, but both of my parents are from Nicaragua. Even though my cultural background is Central American, I consider myself Canadian. I’m a dental assistant and have been for about three years, but I’m currently on maternity leave since I have a 6-month old daughter (aww).
2. What does your typical day look like? Do you have any hobbies or special interests?
Before I got pregnant, I got super into fitness. I would go with my partner and he would help me in the gym. During that time, I really liked gymming, fitness classes, yoga, etc.
Another thing I really love to do is to catch up my friends. Now that I have a daughter, it’s not so easy to do that, so when I get the chance, I really appreciate it.
3. How have your dreams and goals changed throughout your life?
Career wise, it’s kind of always looked the same. But now, my dreams are more focused on my personal life and being part of different groups and communities. For example, when I heard about this initiative you’re doing, I got super excited because this is exactly the type of thing I love to participate in.
I think it’s changed ever since I became a mom. I love finding opportunities to join groups, especially related to wellness. I also joined a group of new moms on Facebook after I had my daughter and it’s been a really great support system for me.
PART TWO: Culture
4. How closely do you identify with and affiliate with your culture? How assimilated into mainstream culture do you think you are? How assimilated into mainstream culture are the members of your family?
My parents are from Nicaragua, which is in Central America. As I said, I was born and in Canada, but I would consider myself Nicaraguan Canadian, because my parents raised me with true Nicaraguan values, and their mindset and values are somewhat different from Canadian values.
I’m not as close to Central American culture as I’d like. My partner is also Central American, but was born and raised in Canada too. However, he’s super up to date with his culture and he kind of inspires me to educate myself more about my culture. I definitely don’t know as much as I’d like but I want to know more. I’ve also never been to Nicaragua, but I did travel to Guatemala when I was 10.
I definitely identify more with Western values because it’s all I really know.
PART THREE: Wellness
5. What comes to mind when you think of wellness?
My idea of wellness is health. Being healthy in any aspect, whether that’s physical, mental or emotional.
6. Do you think that wellness and associated activities are typically well understood/accepted within your culture and overall community?
Not really. Wellness was never spoken about when I was growing up. It’s kind of like “What do you mean you’re stressed? Feel better!”. My mom was more nurturing, but I do remember a few times she’d be like “Why are you crying? Stop!” and that same mentality sticks with you as you get older.
7. What wellness activities do you typically engage in (if any)?
I’ve done hot yoga, yin yoga, and some of the yoga blend classes. I always feel refreshed after a yoga session. My partner is even does it with me!
I think honestly, I’ve tried most of the typical wellness activities, but one thing I haven’t tried is therapy, and I really want to try it. We’re humans, we have all sorts of emotions that we need to sort out, and it’s healthy to do so. Before I became a mom, I thought of myself as a mentally strong person, but once I had my daughter, everything just flipped. So I’d love to try therapy one day.
8. Are there any activities that you’ve always been interested in trying, but haven’t tried yet? Why haven’t you?
That’s a funny question, because a part of me thinks, “what else is there”? But in general, I’m pretty happy with the stuff I’ve tried. Journaling is something I want to get into as well.
9. In a perfect world, what wellness activities would you like to see more of in your community?
I would like to see therapy more normalized. I also just want to see more specific groups available to people that people can join. I think it’s important to feel like you’re part of a community.