The Early Years
I was raised in a small East Texas town (population 1,556) that kicks off its traditional “Western Days” with a cow plop on the little league baseball field. My entire family still lives there, including my Mom, Daddy, sister’s family and Mimi who is 94-years-old. I attended all 13 years in the HISD school district where the majority of my time was spent on the football field at halftime dancing with the drill team. I was well on my way to achieving my goal of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader. Eager to experience college life in a big town, I traveled the three hours to Waco, Texas to major in Communications at Baylor University—clearly a blow to the “Cheerleader” goal since this institution looked down upon dancing. But, I persevered and found a way to get my groove on. As a member of Pi Beta Phi, I was All University Sing Chairman, as well as one half of the Vivacious Violet Duo. Important responsibilities for this role included lip-syncing and dancing during stressful sorority moments. Hello people! RUSH WEEK!
The Disney Years
Disney internship interviews were being held at the University of Texas near the end of my senior year at Baylor. I’ve always had a passion for Disney World and since I had no clue as to what I wanted to be when I grew up, I headed to Austin. I gave the interviewee my 60 second spiel of the infamous “Tell me about yourself?” question and was asked to leave. I’m not sure if the short getting-to-know-you session was the result of them feeling sorry for me that I had a knee the size of a large melon due to recent ACL surgery, or the fact that I was adamant they select me to be Tinkerbell (was not kidding.) Regardless—I was hired. I worked as a Jungle Cruise skipper. You can read all about how I ended up in Adventureland here. I was at Disney World for six months and loved pretty much every second of the experience. Even when the “large woman” fell on top of me at the Peter Pan ride. Oh…it’s as funny as it sounds.
The Early Career Years
After a brief stint working at Baylor Law School, I experienced my first job rejection with the Dallas Cowboys organization. As a result, I have shunned them for 12 years. [unshun] I LOVE Troy Aikman. [shun] If you pass Texas Stadium in the future, please flip them off. Shortly after the “Cowboy Debacle,” I landed my first real job in Dallas at a public relations/advertising agency. I helped out with several accounts, mostly in restaurant, jewelry and entertainment arenas. I know, right? FUN JOB! A fun job that was really, really hard. In the five years I worked for the agency, I opened 19 Aaron Brothers, three Central Markets, two Maggiano’s and 28 Zales Outlet locations. There was a lot of event planning and press release writing.
The Dark Years
In 2002, I married my high school sweetheart. We divorced in 2005. My heart was broken, but with the help of family, friends and the arms of my loving Father, I was able to make it through to the other side. I have a more intimate relationship with the Lord as a result of this dark time and I am comforted by the realization that one day…it will all make sense.
The Houston Years
In 2005, I moved from Dallas to pursue a career at another agency in Houston. The majority of my clients are in the oil and gas industry. When people ask me what I do, I tell them I pimp rigs and subsea trees for a living. The majority of my job consists of writing five company newsletters. I am lucky enough to travel to exotic destinations like Williston, North Dakota most of the time. But occasionally, they send me overseas. I’ve been to the Ukraine, Colombia, Dubai and Mexico with my job and each adventure typically ends with great material for the website.
So Who Am I Really?
I love to dance. I feel cute when I wear my pink hard hat. I am a follower of Christ. I don’t eat meat off the bone. I had more than 5o Barbie dolls growing up. Stop judging me. I’m not good on long distance road trips unless I am driving. I am a child of the 80s. I believe the voice of Truth says do not be afraid. I am an approval addict. I am stronger because he left. While in Costa Rica, I realized it’s not all about me. I’m a little too enthusiastic about Netflix, my DVR and my iPod. I really do hate green beans.
Life is not a problem to be solved…IT’S AN ADVENTURE TO BE LIVED! Today is where my book begins. And for that, I’m truly thankful.