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Before going to college, I only wanted to do one thing — travel. With the help of my parents and my university, I was able to delve into my passions and see little bits of the world. I quickly got the travel bug — literally and figuratively (yes, I had a parasite) — and couldn’t see myself in a conventional job market. With my double major/bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Spanish from Roger Williams, I felt like my options were limitless.

I have always been the type of person to never settle for something that I thought wasn’t good enough for me. In the job world, this meant waiting for weeks, months or even years, before I sent out my resume to prospective jobs. I grew up in a small town on Cape Cod, a five-minute walk from the ocean, a rocks toss to the nearest bar but surrounded by the influence of a hardworking, blue-collar community and that is one of the traits I pride myself on the most.

Working for my father didn’t start out easy but as the years went on, I learned to love the challenge and the father-daughter bonding that we endured every day. Working on a competitive charter fishing boat taught me a lot about myself as a person and a lot about the fishing industry.

Being a prominent female in the industry proved to be difficult but also left me well-respected and well-regarded by folks who have come and gone fishing on the Columbia with my dad and myself.

At 23-years old, I have attained knowledge and experience that most individuals won’t see in their life time. I am grateful, I am humble and I am so ready for the next chapter of my life.

Cheers to new experience and new memories, may 2019 bring you (and me) both (and what a year it has been thus far!)

Thank you for following along with me on this journey we call life.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch