I’m a 38 year old mother of 2 and also have 2 step children. Unfortunately, I started at a young age and had my daughter, Ashley, while still in high school. I joined the work force at the age of 16 and have been working ever since. My daughter is now in college and the other 3 are between the ages of 13 and 18. I had always dreamed of becoming a Marine Biologist but had to put that to the side in order to provide for and raise my daughter. Now that the kids are older, I’m ready to look toward MY future.
Over the years I have worked many different jobs. I’m a Property Manager in Rock Hill, SC. While I’m currently “landlocked” about 3 hours from the ocean, we make the trip whenever possible. Luckily, one of the jobs I’ve had was working for an airline. I’ve had the great fortune of travelling and have gotten to visit some pretty cool destinations. Australia, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas are just a few of them. One of my favorites is Isle Roatan, Honduras where my sister and I got to go out on a catamaran yacht and snorkel. I remember talking to the boat captain on our trip; he used to work a 9-5 job in the states and walked away from it all. Ever since that day, my dream has been to get to the coast and D-I-V-E! When I went to Australia, the group I went with had no set plans or reservations. We went for 9 days and drove down the coast from Brisbane to Sydney and just pulled in whenever we felt like stopping. I love that kind of “fly by the seat of your pants” adventure!
My husband, daughter, son and I took a trip to St. Thomas for her 16th birthday where we got to try Scuba diving. We were all hooked! Since then my husband, son and myself have all gotten certified. Our youngest son is hoping to get certified this summer. Last summer, my son, stepson, father and I went down to Key West and went diving for the week. It was amazing! It was the first time my stepson had seen ocean water that didn’t look brown.
I truly cannot get enough and have begun plotting where and how to start my own dive shop. I’d love to say I’m laid back and can just go with the flow. Unfortunately, my current job is a huge struggle, especially in today’s economy. We are always working short-staffed and never have enough hours in the day. I’m a hard worker and I’d much rather be putting my hard work to use for myself than somebody else!
Keep me in mind, Bali! I’m off to my next dive class this Friday!