We had the good fortune of connecting with Sonia Nahabedian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sonia, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Parenthood is a delicate role with many intricate parts. The decisions we make surely impact our children. My two boys John , 21 and Peter 17, know the importance of having a growth mindset. Perseverance and failure play a vital role in achieving success. As a parent, I try to set an example for my boys by not just talking the talk, but setting intentions for myself and working towards achieving them. The decision I made to start Sap N Honey Charcuterie Boards began as what I would call a passion project; yet it organically grew into a living and breathing part of our family’s life. In fact, I did not know the direction it would take in terms of success. The process of starting a business with creativity taking the front seat is extremely vulnerable. However, this experience has been the best example I could offer my children. Self-talk and risk-taking allowed me to power through the most uncertain moments. Remaining optimistic and not operating from a place of fear has nurtured the growth of my business. My children watched closely, and worked beside me as I stepped into a role of a first time business owner. Despite the hardships and failures that are impossible to dodge, the “you got this” attitude amplifies the need to keep moving forward. As a teacher, encouragement and motivation are a part of my repertoire with kids. My own kids know this language well. . My boys are there with me every step of the way, offering a helping hand and encouraging words when they know I need it most. The most effective way to teach is to lead by example. It is fulfilling to know that I am able to work hard to grow my business and instill a growth mindset in my children all at the same time.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a teacher, I remind my students often to approach new learning with enthusiasm . Without enthusiasm it is challenging to motivate yourself and achieve success. As I step into my 20th year in elementary education, I can’t help but reflect on countless situations where quitting felt like the only solution. As an educator, challenges are unavoidable. The actual art of teaching is only one aspect of the field. Celebrating the success of my student’s triumphs is the catalyst that pushed me year after year as a leader in the classroom. Risk taking is a habit scholars practice in order to gain new knowledge. I want to practice what I preach to my students. The idea of starting a new business with unfamiliar territory is a risk, but the field of education has taught me to be a risk taker and believe in my own strengths. I approach my decisions mindfully, but I need to sprinkle in enthusiasm. As a charcuterie board stylist, there are countless hours of work. Providing an experience that is worthwhile to customers is my top priority. I pride myself with having a wonderful work ethic, managing my time well and practicing a growth mindset. As a wife and mother; juggling what seems like two full time careers excites me more than exhausts me. Sap N Honey is a brand created to unite people. Each board is styled with care and enthusiasm.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
An ideal Arizona itinerary, would include some hiking, dining ,shopping and lounging. Taking in all the desert scenery would be ideal. Piestewa Peak or and of the Camelback trails would be an amazing choice. Brunching would follow! The Breakfast Club, Hash Kitchen, Breakfast Kitchen Bar provide some sweet and savory options along with hand-crafted cocktails. Hanging out at and lounging at one of the many resorts is so AZ! The Sanctuary on Camelback is more quaint, and will provide a top notch spa service. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers numerous pools and restaurants and brings more of the lively crowd through its doors. A quick trip to Sedona would provide one or two days of adventure as we would continue a hike on Devil’s Bridge, eat at Cafe Elote, and find peace at the Chapel. The Scottsdale Fashion Square is the ideal shopping experience. Dining in the multitude of steak houses such as Steak 44 or grabbing some pizza at Federal are just some of the many culinary experiences.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sap N Honey LLC would not be possible without the dedication, collaboration and inspiration from my husband, Arthur, as well as our family and dear friends.

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