I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and was one of the few students that went from 1st grade to 12th grade in the same small town of Hephzibah, Georgia. My father was in the Army and retired the year I was born, so when my parents bought their first home in Georgia, we stayed there. I have 2 living sisters and 1 that passed in 1992. My dad passed away from cancer in 2003, but my mother, thank goodness, is still alive and still lives in Augusta.
While attending high school in Hephzibah, I was in charge of the new automotive service department at the high school, so you could usually find me underneath the hood working on race cars. I was the first female to graduate from my high school with a Certificate of Automotive Repair. When I graduated, I stayed in Augusta for a few years after marrying my high school sweetheart. I wanted to travel and get out of the area and he didn’t, so he stayed and I moved to Jacksonville.
After living in Jacksonville for a year, I moved to New York for a brief time and then to Woodbridge, New Jersey. I worked mostly retail during these years, but knew I wanted to do more with my life. After leaving the worst snow and ice storms I had ever experienced, I moved back south to Charleston, South Carolina. In Charleston, I completed my undergraduate degree in Business and Computer Technology.
On September 9th, 1989, my entire world changed. I was living on the Isle of Palms, a small island off Mount Pleasant, South Carolina when it was hit by Hurricane Hugo. I lost all of my possessions including my clothes, personal items like pictures of my family and friends, and my apartment. I was lucky that I was safe, but it took the wind out of my sails for a long time. I moved back to Augusta and lived with my parents until I could figure out what to do next.
I think that event changed me and how I looked at life. I decided then to live life to its fullest every day and never “wait” for the right time to do whatever you want to do. Fast forward to May 2008 when I decided to move to Key West and I never looked back and have no regrets. Life is too short…live it!
Which living person do you most
I would have to say my mother. She has
overcome some many personal obstacles
in her life from being brought up in an
orphanage from a very young age, losing
her daughter (my sister) and her
husband (my dad) and surviving cancer
when she was 42 years old. She turned
80 years old this year and is still as active
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is to be diagnosed with any form of Alzheimer’s.
The thought of losing my memories of my life and my loved ones
would be unbearable. Which is why I am a supporter of stem cell
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The most deplorable trait I see in others would have to be
those individuals who “bad mouth” the United States. My father
fought in WWII and the Korean conflict in order for me to have
my freedom. Supporting and respecting our leaders should be
the norm but there are those who choose to speak harshly about
their decisions. Everyone has the right to their opinion, but It
think it can be expressed in a more respectful manner.
What is your favorite occupation?
My favorite occupation is my current position as a Buyer! I’m
not just saying this as a plug either! What other job can you work
with fun people, travel and shop for a living! Every woman’s
dream I would say! Seeing the new trends and having the
freedom to make decisions based on my collective knowledge of
the industry, then seeing it pay off in the sales at the store level is
basically the best reward of all.
What do you most value in your friends?
In my small circle of friends, I most value their honesty and their
ability to “pick up where we left off” when I see them again.
Some friends I see frequently and others not as much, but my
true friends never make me feel bad for not picking up the phone
every week or two to talk to them. When we do connect again,
it is like we just saw each other the day before. My friends, like
myself, will always give you an honest answer to any question –
good, bad or indifferent
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