Putting our clients first is what has made Solutions 8 the world’s best Google Ads agency. Their success is our passion, which is why we are continually adding to our rock star team of client managers—including the newest member, Shirley Wan.
Though admittedly still learning the ropes, Shirley says she looks forward to connecting with and supporting entrepreneurs to help them reach their goals. Armed with a background in business and digital marketing, she says her enthusiasm, quick thinking, and problem solving skills will help her tackle the challenges that come with ensuring high-performing campaigns and happy clients.
But looking back, it was science (not marketing statistics) that piqued her interest.
Shirley told me she wanted to be an archeologist when she was growing up because she was fascinated by dinosaurs, fossils, and hidden objects. Then, when she started learning about science, she fell in love with biology and wanted to be a biologist. Of course, smoldering beneath all of that was a love of music. Shirley also dreamed of being a pianist and says she somewhat achieved that goal because now she teaches piano lessons on the side. Respect!
When she’s not working, Shirley loves spending time with her kids.
She has two sons; the youngest is five years old (soon to be six in March) and his big brother is 14 years old. As for the little one, says she has to get all her snuggles in while she still can before he gets older! Shirley enjoys going on adventures with her kids and her boyfriend, and before the pandemic they would have fun going out to eat, shopping, or visiting the Ripley’s Aquarium or the CN Tower in Toronto (Canada).
Shirley was born and raised in Toronto and lives there now with her parents, her younger brother, her youngest son, and her cat Midnight, a beautiful tuxedo. Her oldest son lives with his dad in Ontario, but since the pandemic she isn’t able to see him as often as she normally would. Still, they talk on the phone and Facetime each other to keep in touch, and like many of us they’re learning to cope with life amid a global health crisis.
But even though 2020 was a challenging year, Shirley still has some really good memories.
Like seeing her youngest son, who is autistic, go to kindergarten for the first time, where she says he made new friends and faced his fears on the playground and the jungle gym. She is also incredibly grateful to have met her wonderful boyfriend.
Having always been a homebody, she says her life didn’t change drastically because of COVID-19, other than wearing a mask whenever she leaves the house and always carrying hand sanitizer with her. “I don’t have a problem with staying at home,” Shirley told me. “I’ve always been a helper, I try to help as much as I can. I’m adaptable and patient so I guess I’m taking this pretty well I think.”
She told me she is incredibly grateful for her family and loved ones for supporting her and helping to guide her through many tough obstacles in life. “As a single parent, it’s really hard doing everything alone and I’m very blessed and grateful to have them for not letting me go through each obstacle alone.”
And now for a spooky story…
I love asking people if they have done something in their lives that they will never do again, and Shirley’s answer was by far one of the most interesting.
She says when she was about 16 years old, she went to a friend’s birthday party where they played with a ouija board. After she left the party and went home, Shirley told me she woke up in the middle of the night and her pillow was glittering with blue light—even though she didn’t have a nightlight and there was no reason that her ordinary pillow should be illuminated.
“The next day I felt really nauseous but we had to go to church,” recalls Shirley. “The ride felt like hours but in reality it was only a 30-minute drive. I stepped in the church and the feeling was gone. I don’t believe in ghosts and I’m not religious (I went to church because of my parents) but I believe there’s something out there. Needless to say, never again.”
Whoa. Insert wide-eye emoji.
Last but not least, the bucket list!
First up, Shirley says she wants to travel more.
It’s something she hasn’t been able to do a lot in her life, though she did love getting to visit Niagara Falls. If she had her wish, she would travel the world and enjoy it with her kids, starting with Japan. Among her list of travel essentials? Really good snacks—including Asian goodies like seaweed snacks and anything matcha, taro, black sesame, and white chocolate. “I love trying new snacks that I’ve never seen before!”
Second, she’d really like to go to Anime Con at least once. She looooooves anime and in her free time enjoys reading webcomics and binge-watching shows like Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix (which she says is awesome and would definitely recommend for anyone who likes anime.)
And finally, Shirley would love to own her dream car one day: an Audi R8 Spyder.
Because hey, if you’re gonna dream, why not dream big?