A girl from the south, I grew up in Vidalia, GA, known to many as “home of the sweet onions.” I, however, was raised on a 30-acre blueberry farm, tirelessly and expertly maintained by my grandfather and father, who insisted on making those fields of blooming berries a learning experience for my siblings and me.
I lead the manufacturing arm for six years, learning much about manufacturing equipment, supplies, food quality, sanitation, and personnel. In 1983, I received an opportunity to move to Montana and assist in starting a food manufacturing operation in fruits and vegetables. Over the next six years I installed a variety of food processing operations in meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, and grain and herb production, all while operating a bakery.
During these formative years, I came to understand hard labor from sun-up to sun-down. I often saw my father stress about losing berries to frost, shrivel, and insects, but also saw him jump straight into problem solving mode. Many mornings, I’d hang on the back of our picker, watching the blueberries get knocked into a lug, before begging to watch the sorting process, which was done mostly by hand and very involved. I valued my upbringing so much, especially as I realized that many of my friends only knew purchasing a clam shell of produce from the local Wal-Mart.
I’ve learned that an office job isn’t for everyone...
After high school, I moved to Athens, GA for college. By the end of my sophomore year, I knew the classroom was not a place where I would thrive. So, after reasoning with my extremely supportive parents, I dove head first into the real world. I dabbled in the service industry and loved getting to know people and satisfying all their needs! Later, I found a family-owned animal farm looking for someone to care for their house, land, and animals. Quickly being reminded of home, I accepted the role and became an expert in self-discipline, waking up at sunrise to feed and clean the horses, goats, chickens, dogs, and cats – oh my!
Despite loving environments like these, I found myself needing more financial support, so I landed a good ole’ 9 to 5 office job as a Marketing & Listing Coordinator with Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. In those two years, I learned the values of marketing and prospecting, maintaining relationships with varying personalities, and the process of not only making a sale, but selling something with the intent to make someone’s life better and easier.
Over time, I’ve learned that an office job isn’t for everyone and that’s okay! I’m young, ready to travel, meet new people, and make an impact in this life.
If I’m not working, you can find me visiting my little hometown, spending time with my dog, having a glass of wine with friends, or finding a good place to eat!