Meet Mary McChesney

Interview conducted at Cafe Stella in Norfolk.

Name: Mary McChesney

Occupation: Marketing and Circulation Department for The Virginian-Pilot

Residence: Norfolk

How long have you lived in HRVA? 16 years

What is unique about you? I think the most unique thing about me is that I grew up in the Outer Banks. It’s unique because most people don’t live there—they just vacation there. Also, I think it’s unique that I have red hair and fair skin. That combination is not what you think of when you think of a typical beach girl.

What is one of your most embarrassing moments? When a security guard caught me wiping out in a hallway at work. Later, the whole office got to watch me fall on camera. It showed me with eight different things in my hands that went flying across the screen. It was embarrassing, but funny. You have to be able to laugh at yourself.

What is the best decision you have made? Taking time off from college. I had my daughter and got my job at the Pilot. The hardest part was going back. This worked for me, but everyone else should stay in school! School is very important.

If you could be any animal, then which would you be? I would be a whale because I like the ocean, how they communicate and how they travel together. I am very loud like whales are, and I like that they take care of their family.

What is your life’s motto or philosophy? I got good advice from my family. My grandpa told me to remember: “This too shall pass.” And my aunt told me: “There are no guarantees in life.” For me, it means don’t be pessimistic and don’t take things for granted.

What is your favorite way to relieve stress? A combination of running, shopping and cocktails, but not all at the same time. The best and cheapest way to relieve stress is obviously to run, but sometimes that doesn’t fit.

What do you like best about Hampton Roads? I like that we have a combination of the beach and great cities like Norfolk and rural farm areas like Chesapeake and Suffolk. Being surrounded by water is great, too.

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