At several times in my life, I have had more numbers after my name than letters. I have been a Series 7, 63, 65 stockbroker, 215 Life and Health insurance agent, RV sales and many types of Manager(Branch, Sales,Finance, General). Currently I hold a FL 220 Property & Casualty license, a FL CAM license, a FL Real Estate License and am a FL Notary Public although I am still waiting to perform a marriage ceremony with that.
This is one of my goals in life to contribute on a larger level. I will definitely be planning on coaching a Little League boys or girls team sometime in this next year. Bad News Bears is one of my favorite movies and underlines my passion for baseball.
I love to cook, grill and bake which is why I wrote a cookbook. I am an avid fan of baseball, Atlanta Braves being my favorite team. One true passion that I have always had is fishing. Our fantastic state of Florida is truly a slice of Fisherman's Heaven. I have fished all over the state, and caught many. While I am an advocate of catch and release, sometimes they just insist on coming home with me to see my grill. Imagine!!
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I have many from the birth of my two sons to my first book signing as the author of Move Over Martha at Barnes & Noble's in Lake Mary, FL. I find my greatest accomplishments come from when someone I have mentored or taught achieves one of their goals knowing that I helped get them on their way.
Crack of dawn with the first hints of soft pink and pale yellow rays peeking across a clear dark sky, the sound of seagulls crying in the distance accompanied by the salty fragrance of fish on a light breeze across my cheek. Adrenaline rushing through the body as the nearly invisible line pulls tight and tugs with the bite of the first bite of the day. The quick fight and reeling in of that sparkling rainbow bright fish as your first birthday present of the day. Enhanced by a little Bob Marley playing in the background. Now that's perfect. Play..Repeat.
Palm Harbor and Clearwater. lovely area, awesome people. I used to live in Boot Ranch II on Eagle Trace.
Like many, my first instinct would be to choose flight, but after some consideration, I think the power over weather as that would include flight but also rain, sun, wind and temperature which are important if you want to fish.
Experience Checked off Bucket List?
I just became a Grandmother. Of course, I didn't really have much to do with that. On a personal level, the last major thing I did was to finally go to Egypt which I had longed to do since I was a child. I did a whirlwind tour in 2012 (figured if the world was ending, I was going to see the Pyramids and a few other things first), so away I went and saw breathless with awe, Stonehenge, Southern Ireland (my grandfather's birthplace), Rome/Naples-no, not the one here in Fl, ITALY, saw the Blue Grotto, went to the Louvre in France and London, couple of times not to mention Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Crossing. yes, it really is there, I have pictures.
Favorite Board/Card Game?Scrabble. aha You thought I would say Monopoly. nope.. and for Cards always BlackJack..
What's for Dinner Tonight?
Grilled chicken with a hint of orange and garlic, roasted rosemary potatoes, fresh snapped green beans with a touch of bacon seasoning, and peach pie a la mode however, I would toss every bit of it aside in order to have Dungeness Crab Legs on the menu.
From stories in a variety of formats. "Stories teach us how to live and why." Life is made up of comedy, tragedy, drama and fantasy. Every day is an ongoing story of epic proportions and impact to many people. I believe in the Ripple Effect in Life. See " It's a Wonderful Life " by Frank Capra for correlation.
Most Binge-Watched Show?
Currently like most of America, Marvel's Agents of Shield and the Walking Dead, although it used to be Mad Men, Heroes, Fringe and Battlestar Galatica. I like the "we will overcome weird or insurmountable odds no matter what life throws at us" scenario.
Best Business Advice?
"When value exceeds cost, price in not an issue." This is applicable to all things in life.Randy Rahe (also a good personal friend/mentor of mine)-quoted this in Dave Anderson's superb management book, "No Nonsense Management" which I highly recommend for any manager no matter what your management skill status level is at currently. There's always room for improvement. When you quit learning, you quit earning.