Community Spotlight: Flora Tsapovsky

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1. What are you working on here at Radiant Workspaces

Non-stop writing articles for the likes of San Francisco Chronicle, C Magazine, Tablet and more, and preparing for my upcoming creative writing workshops right here at Radiant Workspaces! They’ll touch upon essaying, creative writing for busy people and fashion journalism and will be a lot of fun.

2. What are you most passionate about?

I’m very passionate about what I do - about being curious and driven, on daily basis, to find the best story ideas and tell them in the most compelling fashion. I’m also very passionate about eating :)

3. How do you practice wellness from the inside out?

I’m not very good at it. I try to be present in the moment, sure, especially when I’m playing with my daughter or spending time with loved ones, and do my best to remind myself how unique these experiences are. Also - and I wish I could follow this practice more closely - a few pages of a good book before bed really do make a difference.

4. What songs/podcasts are on heavy rotation for you right now?

It’s embarrassing, but I only discovered podcasts this year. I like the ones that make you feel like you’re in on a mart conversation at the best dinner party ever. My current favorites are Pop Culture Happy Hour and Still Processing.

5. Where do you like to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love going to remote or understated places - I love Portugal, because it doesn’t act like a tourist attraction while being the whole package. I like South East Asia, for its different pace and aesthetics. Last year I went to Cambodia and it was perfect.

I never travel without an eye mask for sleeping and a travel magazine - there’s something to be said about discovering exotic destinations and planning your next trip while already being on vacation!

6. From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

On a gloomy day like today, I’d like to start with the savory porridge I once had at the Great Northern Food Hall in NYC. It has chicken, spelt and a poached egg - comfort on a plate. For lunch, a big crunchy salad with avocado. One can’t have a good day without an avocado. For dinner, perfect sushi from a place like Robin. And cold applesauce for dessert. I’ve been ending my meals with applesauce for the last 15 years.

7. Whom in the world would you most like to share a meal with?

My key girlfriends, who live in Israel. Some I’ve known for 7-8 years, some longer. There’s nothing like reflecting on past, present and future with intelligent women who knew you way back when.  

8. What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?

It has to be Young Adult with Charlize Theron - hilarious, poignant, bitter-sweet, and thought-provoking.

9. What’s a personal opinion you’ve had and changed in the last year?

Brace yourself for cliche overload: I used to think motherhood is extremely hard and unrewarding, looking at it from the outside. Once I had my daughter, fourth months ago, I realized it’s pretty much the best thing ever, if you’re willing to get a little creative with your ideals and logistics.

10. Which modern technology do you value the most?

I’m not a gadgets person. I think the one thing that seriously changed my life is Google Docs - being able to work from anywhere, even on my phone, is priceless.

11. What’s one app you cannot live without.

I got three; Google Maps, as I’m extremely directions-challenged. Instagram, for making me look at reality creatively. And Shazam, for those ‘got to know the song!’ moments I constantly experience.

12. When in doubt your go to song is:

At 34, I still haven’t given up on the idea of an occasional dance party at home. Carolina by Shaggy is always a winner, scraping even the shyest folks off the couch.