I’ve worn many hats in my lifetime. On the surface they may seem different, but they all revolve around the same basic skill set – attention to detail. My dad used to say that we have one job all day and that is to pay attention. If we do that, everything else falls into place. And he was right.
I began my career in the Hospitality Industry. I started as a busser at the neighbor’s restaurant when I was 13 working under the table for a few dollars. I moved up to a server position and then supervisor. I was the Assistant Food and Beverage Director for a Holiday Inn franchise and when the Food & Beverage Director left, I filled that slot taking over his responsibilities. I moved out of hotels and into free-standing restaurants starting as Assistant Manager and becoming General Manager in just a few years.
There are so many things that one learns by working in hospitality and all these things carry over into other careers and even into your personal life. I had a terrific time working in this field and even today, I love entertaining, being in the kitchen, and I love watching the hustle and bustle of restaurants.
I left the Hospitality Industry to become a language arts teacher. I taught 7th grade for six years. While I was teaching, I was invited to be part of the Curriculum Team at the county level to write the benchmarks and curriculum for teaching writing skills at the Middle Grade level. These benchmarks and curriculum is still in use. I also was the team leader, and mentor teacher.
After teaching, I began a career in Real Estate. I began by becoming a mortgage broker and went on to work for a builder selling new construction homes. I enjoyed credit counselling people and assisting them to get into their first homes. I still work in real estate and enjoy working with buyers and first-time buyers.
I’m a writer. Writing is my passion and I’ve written a number of short stories and I’ve completed the first draft of my first novel in a series. I published a literary magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, from January 2015 to April 2019. I’ve also edited three novels and a Phd thesis in the past two years as a freelance editor. And I equally love to read and belong to a book club and have done Beta reading for other authors.
Finally, but most important, I’m a mother. My son is the center of my world and I want very much to provide for him, not just financially but also with my presence and time. I volunteer as the treasurer and registrar for his Cub Scout pack and my husband is the Cubmaster.
I have hobbies too. I knit and crochet and do needlepoint. I’m looking forward to learning embroidery and tatting. The attention to detail and how the details turn the big picture into a work of art thrills me. I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes. And we live in a fixer-upper and have been renovation our home for seven years doing the work ourselves.
There is no challenge that is too big and nothing that’s not worth learning. And that is who I am.