Know Thyself: Getting to know Christiana Thanos


Christiana Thanos- Philanthropist, humanitarian, blogger

After graduating from college, while most headed to the beach or on backpacking trips across Europe, Christiana Thanos was off to India where she spent six months volunteering at the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Girl’s Orphanage in Kolkata, one of the poorest places on earth. Back home in Los Angeles, she launched an international fundraising campaign to allow her and a filmmaker to return to Kolkata and produce a short film called, Lucky Girls. Viewed in 114 countries, Lucky Girls, is now an international phenomenon. And Christiana didn’t stop there; last year she launched a Lenten campaign called 4,000 Raindrops, to raise $4,000 in 40 days to help the orphanage build a well. Here’s more from this groundbreaking humanitarian.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is that all my loved ones are healthy and loved. That’s all we need.

What is your greatest fear?
Riding a bike

What is your guilty pleasure?
Mixed fruit baby food

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Jane Addams

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
People who feel entitled because of their wealth

What is your greatest extravagance?
I’m a budget shopper.

What is your favorite journey?
My first trip to India

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“That’s so horio.”

What is your greatest regret?
I don’t look back.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Stefanos Roulakis

What single trait or characteristic about being Greek to you love the most?
The ability to dip your bread on a plate and collect any leftover oils after a meal and excuse it as a Greek custom rather than bad manners

When and where were you happiest?
At the kitchen table in my childhood home with my family and Stefanos

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to sing.

What is your greatest achievement?
Being accepted to Columbia University for graduate school

What single trait or characteristic about being Greek to you despise the most?
The big nose, which I have grown to love

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I’d rather go to heaven.

What is your most treasured possession?
My mother’s Bible that has all her handwritten notes- almost every line is either highlighted, underlined or starred

If you weren’t a fundraiser, you’d be a(n):
If I weren’t a fundraiser, I’d be a full-time for non-profit blogger.

The late Steve Jobs once said he’d give up all of his technology for an afternoon with Socrates. What would you give up for an afternoon and with whom?
I’d give up anything for an afternoon with Jesus Christ

What do you most value in your friends?
A sense of humor and honesty

Who are your favorite writers?
Nicholas Kristof, Khaled Hosseini, Arundhati Roy, Anne Lamot, Louis de Bernières, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Margaret Mitchell

If you pressed “play” what band/singer is playing on your iPod right now?

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother

What are your favorite names?
Eleni and Christos-my parents-the two most important people.

What is your motto?
Attitude is a decision.


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