A Little Bit About Me… A Work in Progress
My name is Jennifer and I was born in SW Florida in the 1970’s to two amazing parents. My mother, French-American, made her way to Florida by way of Michigan and my daddy, a true Southern gentleman in every sense of the word, landed in Bradenton, FL after having served in two wars, World War II and the Korean War, as a Navy man on a search for a new start. Both of my parents had previous marriages and children. Both of them lost their oldest child, who coincidentally were the same age, in the same year, though they would not know that for some time. They never thought they would have more children but karma intervened and brought them together in a neighborhood beach pub where my mom was the bar manager and my father liked to stop in for a beer after he completed his mail route working at the post office next door. The stars aligned, they married and a year later my mom (who loves to tell this story by the way) thought she had the flu. After the Doctor broke the news, she just kept saying “I can’t be pregnant, I’m 42.” My father, five years older, was so impressed with this news that he spent the day putting all the mail in the wrong mailboxes. Well the flu went away nine months later and there I was. My entire life I have been told that I am their “miracle child” and though no child can replace a lost child, they believe that I was sent to them to help them heal from the loss of their oldest children. I think that’s lovely and I love them more than words can say for telling me that.
I spent my youth on the beaches of the barrier islands off the coast of the Bradenton/ Sarasota area and though by high school I could not wait to leave, I long to return now and I make a couple trips a year to visit friends and lie on the beach and I do not take one minute of those trips for granted. I spent my college years first in Tallahassee at my beloved Florida State University and sadly, at the end of my first year, my father passed away quite unexpectedly. It was the first of a few life changing events and the saddest day I have known in my lifetime. After that I wondered about a bit, worked at a radio station for awhile, and then eventually settled in Orlando, for what would be the next about 8 years of my life. I finished my education, though my earlier dreams of law school faded away during this time and I eventually got my degree in Journalism. I also made many of the friendships that will stay with me through my entire lifetime and I could not have chosen a better group of people. I love them dearly, they are my chosen family, and although I don’t get to see them nearly enough, I so look forward to the times that I do.
Fast forward to the present day… I have worked for the same publishing and media company for the past nine years (with a little hiatus in the middle) and have held positions from Production Manager to Regional Production Manager, which allowed me to travel the country for three years, and now as an Account Manager based in the Atlanta-area home office. It has been an incredible work experience because of those people that I work with and I hope they know how highly I regard them. I’m not one content to do the same thing for long though, so with a friend, I am now embarking on a new project as we open a non-profit organization here in the Atlanta metro. I am sure I will have much to say about it on the blog so stay tuned. I am also toying with the idea of Grad School, which is also something I would really like to achieve. I decided to start my blog because my real passion is writing and I love being creative. In my current professional position, I just don’t have those opportunities so I thought it would be a good outlet.
Now some fun facts about me: A good time to me could mean anything from a trip to a beautiful winery to what we have affectionately named “the dive bar tour”. I love a good dive bar and if there is some 80’s hair bands or 90’s grunge blasting all the better, although “good” techno wins for my favorite type of music and yes, I definitely know the difference between good and bad and sadly, there is a lot of bad out there. I also love to travel and do so at every opportunity. I have a trip to Puerto Rico coming up in a couple weeks and I am counting down the days. I love animals and the beach is my favorite place in the whole world. I grew up Catholic, though I would say I am really more spiritual in nature and I feel closer to God standing on the shores of a beach with the waves breaking around me than I do in a church. I have lost close friends and death never gets any easier for me. I am not much of a crier and if you ever see me crying, chances are something really bad has happened, it’s not because of a sad movie or Hallmark commercial. I LOVE Florida State football, I watch every game, know all the players and stats and look forward to football season with the anticipation that my fantasy team WILL win, though we haven’t quite done it… yet. I have been fortunate enough to party with rich and famous people and they are just like the non-famous people, just with a bigger bar tab and skip-the-line privileges. I love life and everything that comes with it. I have lived through some very hard things and I believe that they are an integral part of who I am so, no matter how painful, I would not choose to change them. Oh and I believe that nothing beats a nicely chilled shot of Patron Silver.
So that’s it… my humble little online journal of sorts, but I do hope that those to who stumble upon it and choose to read will find some enjoyment or even just a chuckle to lighten their day. Thanks for reading and I hope you return.