Monday, September 13, 2010

Good Bye TWC and ACK

It is September 13, which means that I leave for California in just 3 short days. What a bittersweet experience it will be to go home, yet leave a place that feels like my home. I have had the best summer of my life living on Nantucket Island and working as the dining room supervisor and wine steward at The Westmoor Club. I have worked my butt off, learned tons, grown as a professional and individual, beome more independent, seen and experienced some really cool things, and made the most wonderful friends. Here are a few things that sum up my summer:

1. Things I'll miss about TWC and ACK: the cobblestones on Main Street, all the randomly named beaches and roads (it took me at least a month to get used to names like Madaket, Dionis, Sconset, Quidnet, Polpis and Tucknernuck), Juice Bar, the breathtaking beauty of the island, Nantucket reds, my two lama friends Henry and Flin, the grey houses, my Jamaican momma, scallops, my Sunday wine tasting group, the members at TWC (especially the Kazillionis and Ott families), all the delicious restaurants, hydrangeas, and waking up everyday to work at a place and with people that I absolutely love.

2. I lived through a hurricane- Hurricane Earl! It ended up being a total spoof, but it was pretty cool to experience the hurricane preparations and the crazy wind and waves!

3. Things I won't miss about TWC and ACK: the employee caf (I will miss Franklin, though), working at least 14 hours everyday, the heinous parking down town, the obnoxious Nantucket baskets, the grey skied and rainy days, not being able to wear jeans, not having a closet, and having to make smoothies on my bathroom counter. Can you see that this list is much shorter than the other!?

4. I was privileged to participate in a truly amazing wine tasting group every week. The Abramsons and Glowackis challenged me every Sunday and made me teach them about wine and of course, blind taste. If I pass my sommelier exam, it is because of you 4! Thank you, and Sundays with you will be missed.

5. Some of my favorite memories: evenings at mousehole, laying on Steps beach with Kels and PG and somehow losing my sandal, celebrating my birthday (here's to Chuck!), Mondays with Jaym, dancing with the wedding party at RosenCrown, successfully creating a 5-course wine pairing menu, going to Boston with Kels, hiding out in the staircase when days got overwhelming, sneaking down to Beach Plum to steal smoothies, the boat ride to Toppers, and the list goes on...

6. Before I get too sappy and emotional, I must share the most significant part of my summer. These 4 people have forever shaped my life and I will miss them more than I can even express.

Jaym: Thanks for being my greatest support this summer, and for helping me understand that it's okay to be me, even when that me isn't what people expect. Thanks for our mom walks, the countless smoothies, the sleepovers, Mondays, loving me even though I'm a J.A. and for being the dearest friend I could have ever asked to meet. You are the true meaning of friendship!

JBT: I will always have a spot in my heart for this man because he is the sole reason I came to TWC and ACK. Thank you Brent for seeing something in me, for the constant encouragement and challenges, for filling up the water in the office for 3 months straight, for never accepting mediocrity, for the banter and the dear friendship that I know won't end after I leave ACK. Don't forget to send the Little Mermaid candle of the sisterhood of traveling pants :)

Kels: This lady was my sanity at work and the sweetest and most wonderful roommate. (You were the first person I ever shared a room with, Kels!!!) Thanks Kels for encouraging me to break out of my shell and let loose once and awhile :) You are so beautiful and sweet and people love you everywhere you go, including me! You have been such a dear friend and as your mom says "we will be in each others' lives FOREVER!"
See you in Cali!

PG: Thanks for being the brother I never had (or really wanted). Your humor, kindness, and talents truly amaze me everyday. I will miss your Irish temper (surprisingly enough), our fist fights, our arguments about doughnuts, running dinner service with you, driving in Prudence listening to James, and yes, even hearing you talk about the size of my head. Love you bro!

Good Bye TWC and ACK, until we meet again!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Hello Everyone!
I have not stopped blogging, but have started a new blog for my interning experience. Check it out!

Love to all!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Exciting Stuff!

Yesterday, I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Hospitality Management! I was honored to represent my class and sing the national anthem for our ceremony.

It was a great day and I spent it with 3 of the people I love most!

Today, I embark on my journey to Nantucket, MA, to work as the Food and Beverage management intern at the Westmoor Yacht Club.

God has blessed me richly with all these exciting opportunities, and I can't wait to see what He does through me this summer.

Please keep in touch, and pray!

My theme verse for the summer:

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit".
-Romans 15:13

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wine Recommendation

2007 Joseph Carr Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA.

Winemaker's notes (from

Complex aromatics, with ripe strawberry and floral rose petals on the nose. Bright in color, this Pinot Noir exhibits flavors of sweet black cherry, cassis, spice and hints of cinnamon. Moderate tannins give this wine body and a smooth finish.

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Exact Sentiment

"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?"
-Anne of Green Gables

Thanks, Anne. You perfectly summed up how I currently feel about my life!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I Want to Add to the Beauty...

Finding the beauty in...

And this is GRACE, an invitation to be beautiful.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

There Once was a Girl From Nantucket..

Abundant blessings have been poured on my life the past few weeks, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement!

The most notable happening:

I accepted an offer as a summer food and beverage intern at the Westmoor Club in Nantucket, Massachusetts. I will living 30 miles out to sea on an island, while learning the ins and outs of a food and beverage department at a gorgeous yacht club! I am so thrilled and am absolutely counting down the days!

Nantucket Island-my soon to be home for 90 days.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadow".
-James 1:17

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Life-Long Student of Leadership

Greetings, dear ones,
As you all know, I am graduating from college this year (hallelujah!!!) This quarter, I am enrolled in one of the most difficult/interesting courses I have ever taken: Strategic Leadership.
Lord willing, I will be managing people in a professional setting in just a short year (if not before). I so badly want to be an effective and successful leader, but have a limited idea of what being a manager would look like for me personally.
So, here are few questions for you, blog readers, that I have been thinking about as I grapple with this complex topic of leadership (please share your answers!)....

What is it about certain leaders that is so intoxicating to us?

How should my my behavior change when leading Christians vs. non-Christians?

How do I want my followers to view me as a leader?

What will my leadership style be? Will I have just one?

I sign off this blog as a life-long student of leadership.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

10 Really Neat-o Things I Did in 2009.

1. Lived in, and fell in love with beautiful Firenze.

2. Discovered the brilliance of Richard Foster, and read two of his books, which changed my life: The Freedom of Simplicity and The Celebration of Discipline.

3. Proudly stood up for and watched one of my best friends get married (technically on the 1st day of 2010).

4. Tried and enjoyed lots of good wine.

5. Left my heart in San Francisco. Twice.

6. Started a garden oasis. Many good mornings were spent out on this patio sipping on coffee, reading my Bible, and enjoying our lovely flowers.

7. Chopped off all my hair!

8. Toasted to God's goodness with these 3 kindreds! And shared all the ups and downs of 2009 with them.

9. Realized even more that these lovely people are a true gift.

10. Saw God work in many powerful ways in my life. He is good and He is trustworthy- all the time!