37 Questions with Nichelle Wheeler

When operations manager Nichelle Wheeler started at Block Club in March 2020, no one expected that her first day on the job would require transitioning our entire team to a fully remote work setup while we wait out the Covid-19 pandemic. Luckily, Nichelle’s strong background in project management and IT primed her for the job—and then some. In our latest 37 Questions, a humble nod to Vogue’s 73, we talk with Nichelle about her work, her idols, and the last thing she Googled (plus 34 other things).

  1. What makes you nervous?

    Being vulnerable—and restaurant menus that are too long

  2. What keeps you busy outside of work?

    Reading, working out, cooking, and baking

  3. What are you proud of?

    My education, improving my personal finances, and my close relationships with family and friends

  4. What do you do for fun?

    When we’re not in a pandemic, I love to travel. I enjoy sightseeing around Western New York (art, architecture, nature, people) and outdoor things (camping, hiking, kayaking).

  5. If you were a hashtag, what hashtag would you be?

    Hmm, #thumbsup or #spellcheck

  6. What are you looking forward to?

    Being able to travel again! And work in real life (at least some of the time)

  7. What’s your current pop culture obsession?

    I just finished Schitt’s Creek, and I loved it.

  8. Who’s your favorite Schitt’s character?

    As much as I love David, Stevie is my favorite. I relate to her a lot. I appreciate her sense of humor and how much she’s grown throughout the course of the show.

  9. How do you decompress?

    I get my body moving with yoga or rowing, or I go for a walk or pick up a book.

  10. What’s your favorite word in the English language?

    Sonder

  11. What’s a skill you’re working on mastering?

    Stress management (lol) and having a morning routine

  12. What does your ideal morning routine look like?

    Get out of bed (this is the hardest part), brush my teeth, wash my face, drink a glass of water, meditate for 15 minutes, get dressed for the day, and make a cup of coffee. I’d like to get into the habit of charging my phone in another room overnight. Ideally, I wouldn’t pick it up until I’m drinking that cup of coffee!

  13. What’s one book that everybody should read?

    Essentialism by Greg McKeown

  14. What do you want to read next?

    I’ve collected a bunch of poetry books over the past year, so I’d like to dig into those next. I think I’ll start with Ada Limón.

  15. What inspires you?

    Art, Buddhism, and social and pop culture theory

  16. What did you study in school?

    Photography and film with a minor in women’s studies

  17. What are your favorite brands?

    e.l.f. Cosmetics, Ikea, Oxford Pennant

  18. What makes you happy?

    Simple things that bring me out of my head and into the moment like going to an aquarium. If you’ve never watched the Monterey Bay jellyfish cam, you are missing out. Eating French fries makes me happy; they are my favorite food that I try not to eat too often. Cutting open an avocado when it’s perfectly ripe is a proper victory. I’ve always wanted to adopt a greyhound, so whenever I see one, I can barely contain myself. True joy is spotting a greyhound out for a walk, especially when it’s wearing a sweater or jacket.

  19. What are you passionate about?

    Social issues, self-care, and puzzles

  20. Where is your favorite place in the world?

    It’s a tie between London’s Primrose Hill and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  21. What is your best habit?

    Brushing my teeth twice daily (at least)

  22. What is your worst habit?

    Snoozing my alarm clock too many times

  23. What words do you live by (or try to)?

    Do more of what you love.

  24. Who do you look up to?

    My parents and my best friends

  25. Why?

    My parents are the strongest and most caring people I know, and they’ve instilled the same values in me and my brothers. They’ve been through a heck of a lot, and they’ve built one heck of a family. My small group of best friends is my extended family. Over 20+ years (and through quarantine), our friendships have only grown stronger as we support each other through life’s ups and downs.

  26. What does an ideal day off of work look like?

    Sleep in, cook brunch, spend the afternoon outside (probably reading), and in the evening, having dinner, drinks, and dessert. A few of my favorite spots are The Black Sheep, Billy Club, and Marble + Rye.

  27. What did you want to be when you grew up?

    According to my mom, I wanted to be Britney Spears. Eventually, I moved on from that dream and wanted to be a meteorologist.

  28. What is the last thing you searched on Google?

    “When should I plant propagated plants?”

  29. So, when should you?

    Apparently, once their roots reach one inch in length. My plants were far beyond that, but I planted them, and they’re still alive! So far, so good.

  30. How do you want to be remembered?

    As a helper with a warm and happy soul

  31. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

    Lower your standards for what counts as progress, and you will be less paralyzed.

  32. What did you do before you joined Block Club?

    I was an account manager at a digital agency in Buffalo.

  33. What did you buy last?

    Groceries, beer from Thin Man and Community Beer Works, and a few second-hand pieces from Paloma Exchange

  34. Where do you want to go?

    A national park somewhere warm

  35. How would you describe yourself in one word?

    Spirited

  36. What keeps you up at night?

    My to-do list and what I would do if I could do anything (and how to achieve it)

  37. If you won the lottery, how would you use the money?

    Pay off my student loans, retire, buy an airstream and travel the country—then the world!