Who am I? I have struggled with this question for many years and I still don’t really know. I know what I am. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife and, most recently, a mother. I know what I like. I like to make those around me happy. I like to go bowling and visit new places. I like to watch tv and scroll through FaceBook. I realize all of this somehow adds up to answer the question of who I am, I just haven’t figured out how it adds up yet.
I am a 25 year old new mother to a beautiful baby boy. I am a wife to my wonderful, loving husband. I am a sister to three crazy and amazing brothers. I am a daughter to my father, mother, step mother and many “adopted” parents who all love and care for me in their own ways.
My life started on July 20 1990 in Chicago. In 1992 we welcomed my brother CJ. In 1995 my brother Cordell came along. We were all born into the carnival business. My parents met at a carnival where my dad was working. My mom decided to join him on the road. My family in Chicago still own a traveling carnival. In 1995 we all moved to Florida so my dad could work at Old Town in Kissimmee. In 1998 my mom left my dad and my step mom, Jeri, moved in.
I got my first “job” when I was 13 helping out at the arcade in Old Town during the summer. My second job was at pizza hut near my mom’s house. After that, I’ve always had 2 jobs. Once I turned 16 I started working for my dad at Old Town during the Friday and Saturday night cruises. I worked on and off at the arcade. I graduated high school in 2008 and moved in with my now husband. I then got a job at Blockbuster on nights I wasn’t at Old Town. I hated Blockbuster so I quit and got a job at Dunkin Donuts. While I was at Dunkin Donuts, I left the arcade and got my first job serving at Lone Star Steakhouse. That’s when My life changed. You can read about why I love serving so much and what I think it takes to be a good server here.
I have always known that I like making people happy whether it was giving massages, cooking dinner, or keeping the house clean. I love to make people smile. That’s why serving was perfect for me. It combined my 3 favorite things: making people happy, eating amazing food, and making money. I was lucky to have the manager of Lone Star hire me straight as a server because she thought I would be great at it.
She was right, I was a natural born server. I could handle multiple tables, help out my teammates and go above and beyond to make sure my guests had the best experiences possible. I soon learned to bartend and started doing both. I then left Dunkin Donuts to serve at Buffalo Wild Wings. I ended up leaving BWW because they closed at 2 so I wasn’t getting home until 3 or 4. I then got a job bartending at Hilton Grand Vacations by Sea World. I left Lone Star and went full time for Hilton, until I applied for and got hired at my dream place: Walt Disney World. I am currently part time at Hilton and Disney.
In 2011 I got to visit Key West for the first time, that’s where my husband proposed. You can read all about my trip and watch the proposal video here. We got married in November 2012. We had a beautiful “Christmas in Key West” themed wedding. You can see pictures and read about how we did a gorgeous wedding on a budget here.
My husband and I bought our house in March of 2014 and we welcomed our first baby boy, Sammy Nole, into the world in April of 2016.
As for who I am, I think I am exactly who I’m supposed to be right now. I just have to keep doing the best I can in life and see where it takes me. I will continue this blog to see how my life changes and develops over the years.