Marnie Brophy is the Nonahood News layout guru who dabbles in graphic design. She’s originally from Venezuela and moved to the Chicago area in 2000. Five years later, she moved to Orlando.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Extrovert or Introvert? Ambivert, lately leaning more toward introvert.
Indoors or Outdoors? Outdoors for sure; my favorite place is the beach.
Sun or Snow? Sun! Snow is pretty only for a few days during Christmas time when we visit our family in Wisconsin.
Dogs or Cats? I absolutely love cat personalities, but I have never had a dog; I can see how I would easily fall in love with a dog.
Vans or Converse? Toms.
Coffee or Tea? LOVE LOVE coffee; if you see me drinking tea, I am not feeling very good that day…
Adventurous or Laid Back? Super laid back; I love and appreciate safety and security.
Canon, Nikon or Sony? iPhone.
Books or TV? When I want to engage and learn: books. When I don’t want to think and just relax: TV.
What brought you to the Nonahood?
We were looking to establish our family in a safe community that we both loved and where we could meet like-minded people and enjoy life! The area where we lived was not developing in the direction we initially thought when we moved there, so we started looking around and when we came to Laureate Park, we fell in love with the unique, colorful homes and saw the great potential for growth in the area with the forward-thinking plans of Tavistock.
What’s your favorite hobby?
I don’t have time for hobbies right now, but I am very passionate about everything that I do. All my time is dedicated to healthy living (I love taking walks), my family and close friends, serving on the Laureate Park Elementary PTA, and working as a freelance graphic designer.
What’s your biggest dream?
To live healthy until 100.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t think much about it other than making the decisions I can today to have a better tomorrow … but who knows, life is really unpredictable. Hopefully, 10 years wiser and with time to cultivate some hobbies and see more of the world with an open mind and heart.
What are you most excited about in Lake Nona?
The movie theater, Foxtail Coffee shop, the city park, the brewery … all the town center area sounds exciting!
Who’s your biggest inspiration?
My husband, Scott. He is persevering, balanced, and always gives people the benefit of the doubt; he is a really strong rock in my life. Second, my son, Colin. I feel it’s a true blessing in my life to have the enormous responsibility to shape him into a responsible, happy, and healthy adult. This shared responsibility is what makes us get up every day with the enthusiasm to do life together as a family. In general, I admire emotionally strong and intelligent people that have sailed life’s ups and downs without becoming a victim.
What’s your favorite book?
There are so many, but one I’ve read over and over is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. My favorite quote of the book: “The simple things are also the most extraordinary
things, and only the wise can see them.” If I can say a second one, it would be The
Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which is very deep.
What’s something you’ve done that scared you the most or brought you out of your comfort zone?
Honestly, that is a hard question; like I said, I love safety … but when I think about it, moving to the U.S. was scary, but exciting … fortunately, the people really embraced and supported me; the language barrier was the most difficult thing to overcome. It still makes me nervous today.
Describe one of your most memorable experiences.
Becoming Colin’s mom. We were told by my doctor that we couldn’t have kids. So, we applied for adoption and were waiting for a baby when I started not feeling well … and there it was, a big, POSITIVE pregnancy test! God’s miracle, our Colin … the whole thing was magic, and he makes our life magical every day!
Check back next month to get to know the final Nonahood News staff member!