MEET THE FOUNDER
Clearing The Path
Bumble Fly Founder, Christine DerOhannesian
Christine DerOhannesian is a single mother of two, who withstood many challenges in her 47 years. She attributes her success to her positive outlook and the ability to turn struggles to strengths. She consistently views failure and rejection not only as opportunities to explore and grow, but Christine has always trusted it's a stronger force clearing her path.
Christine's publishings and products are a reflection of her adversities and valuable life lessons.
She is passionate to connect with and inspire others, believing it gives her experiences purpose.
Here's a glimpse of some things Christine has personally and humbly overcome.
Age 12, Jumped by Gang
Uprooted from sleepy upstate NY to urban LA. Jumped by a girl gang simply for being the new girl in town and an assumed snubbed "gringa". Fought back hard to defend herself and is currently still in touch with 3 of them.
Her Lesson: Never judge.
Age 18, Broken Neck & Cracked Skull
Survived traumatic auto accident over high school graduation weekend. Was air-lifted to a trauma center with a broken neck and cracked skull.
Her Lesson: Life is short. Every day is a gift. Make the most of each moment. And, everything happens for a reason.
Age 20, Homeless
Lived in 2 warehouse rooms with no kitchen or bath. Only ate microwavable canned foods and took sponge baths in public restrooms for 6 months until she was back on her feet. She went to work every day polished and professional during that time. No one ever knew.
Her Lesson: There are Victim vs. Trailblazer mentalities. I chose to not burden others with drama, but to channel those same energies to seek resolutions and build my own independent strength.
Age 24, A Lifetime Stolen
Onto her 3rd promotion in a dedicated career, was relocated to Boston. Her U-haul truck was stolen with her entire personal belongings and hard -earned apartment furniture. Started anew with one laundry basket of dirty wash on hand. It took a year to rebuild the smallest of items, like tweezers, and forced an appreciation for her lost favorite 10 year, perfectly worn-in jeans.
Her Lesson: Possessions do not define you.
Age 29, Devastation
Worked way up the corporate ladder, was training for Vice President, 9 years and 5 promotions later, but lost her job to the effects of 9/11 and the elimination of her department.
Her Lesson: Rags to riches, riches to pauper- all can happen over night. People are people. Treat every single one equal.
Age 34, Death
Lost her father.
Her Lesson: Some people are just conditioned to love and be loved a certain way. While some things can change about a person, certain upbringings can not. Be realistic with yourself and others around you, and adjust expectations accordingly.
Age 37, Divorce
Had unexpected divorce.
Her Lesson: Our greatest strengths are also our worse weaknesses. We need to surround ourselves with relationships of ALL kind where our strengths are celebrated & remain our strengths, not used against us as a weakness.
Age 38, Rock Bottom
Hit rock bottom w/2 young children, in attempts to start over.
Her Lesson: Those who love and support you, always have, always will. Those who don't, never did. When you allow the mess to hit the fan, in both cases, you'll realize just how much.
Age 38, Flood
Started own business with nothing, and just as it started to flourish, was hit by Hurricane Irene just 6 months later. The years of aftermath and mayhem it created compromised the perception of her business reputation and life choices.
Her Lesson: You can never explain or justify enough to the public all that you are going through. Perception is truth. If you know you're doing the right thing and always giving your best, hold your head up high and just do you. Believe in yourself, there's no need to convince others.
Age 39, The Ah-Hah Moment
Experienced a personal place of "death, darkness & rebirth". After struggle & short depression, rediscovered herself with her own spiritual awakening. Created Bumble Fly to cultivate her findings. (her passion & personal commitment to help others discover their own sense of belonging; she calls it discovering purpose & placement) She created her brand and logo of Bumble Fly and purchased the domain name with the last $37 available on credit.
Her Lesson: Only after our darkest moments, can we see the brightest of light.
Age 39, Broken & Pain Killers
Evolved business and opened Community Cafe with the desire and passion to provide further connection. Again, in turn around and full swing, encountered 7 breaks in wrist and hand during a Town fundraiser event, forcing Christine to close the cafe. She almost became addicted to painkillers, but within two weeks, caught herself becoming dependent on the pain free- peace it provided. She forced herself through an intense withdrawal to stop before it started. She sat with her hand in an ice igloo for 2 months instead to numb the pain. She prayed extra hard for internal strength, peace of mind and understanding.
Her Lesson: my upbringing, strength & support rerouted what could have turned very ugly, not everyone has that will or chance. Try to understand where people come from. Everyone has a story, take time to listen.
Age 40, Removing Toxic
Continued a slow rebuild. Started an up-swing after what she views as God's "slow down, to hurry up".
Her Lesson: it's ok to walk away from things long enough to rebuild internal strength and create trusting alliances; filter who's truly on your team. Allow things to come back full circle (goals, ideas, plans or people) with improved understanding, adjusted attention, increased patience with some things, less tolerance for others. Stronger, better, solid. Become a rock that will not be moved.
Age 41, Supporting Dementia
Adopted her Mother full time. Christine's Mother collapsed with what should have been a stroke, but was saved by the grace of God. The event created an awareness of her increased dementia and need for full time supervision.
Her Lesson: There will come a time where a deeper level of patience and compassion is needed that every day life will not prepare you for. It's crucial to not allow nonsense or negativity to consume your energy. Be good to yourself, know what you do & do not deserve, so your caring heart can be strong for others.
Age 42, The Downsize
Had a compromised Christmas. Christine and her two children had their first Christmas in a downsized tiny apartment. They had NO FIREPLACE to hang up their stockings or chimney for Santa's crawl down. She creatively thought of the story and concept of SANTA'S MAGICAL CHIMNEY. After being told "you're not a writer", Christine became a registered Author through the Library of Congress. She independently created the Santa's Magical Chimney business from A-Z in product development, design, manufacturing, logistics, etc. all in a scurry rush to share the magic with children all over the world! She quickly realized how many other homes might be left out of the sensible place to hang up their stockings and Christine felt deep compassion and immediate thrill to share her new tradition.
Her Lesson: whatever you endure in life, it's OK to just be. Don't give up on ideas and don't take NO for an answer. You CAN do it, you just have to figure out a way. Trust TIMING. God gives you what you can handle WHEN you can handle it. And like I said, sometimes failure or rejection is just clearing the path of what's meant to be and most likely, the journey to our greatness!
Age 43, On A Mission
Her personal mission:To set an uncompromising example of determination and perseverance for her children. To continue to live a life of opportunity and positive outlook. To create smiles and connection to as many people as possible. To provide a SENSE OF BELONGING through her writings, words, products and appearances.
I view my life as a symphony, which is masterfully orchestrated by my God- much greater than me.
My sole mission, is simply to remain an instrument.
- Christine DerOhannesian