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Photography Credit: Brett Valentini

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.

The last five months have taught me a few things; don’t ever be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, adventure truly is around every corner and the people that you meet will always make be more intriguing than the places you go.

Cheers to new experience and new memories, may 2019 bring you (and me) both.

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