I was born in a small town in Pennsylvania, one hour north of Philadelphia and one hour west of New York City. Because of this, I have a bit of a skewed idea of what a "real city" is. I lived in the same house from the time I was 4 until I went off to college at 18. My parents still live there - both of them, together, working on their 36th year of marriage. My parents were wonderful role models growing up and as an adult, I cherish the amazing relationship I have with both of them.
|Yes, my eyes are totally closed, but at least my fam looks good.|
I have a younger brother who lives in Philadelphia and plays in a band. I was kind of a nerd most of my school days, until I got to high school and got super involved in sports. I played basketball starting when I was 9, but it wasn't until I started running track in HS that I really came into my own. I also was a volleyball player.
I went to school at the University of Pittsburgh (HAIL TO PITT!!!) and loved every second I spent in school there. I majored in both Writing and Communications, was a student ambassador/tour guide (Pitt Pathfinders), and was a sister of the Delta Zeta sorority, living in the house for my last 2 years of school. As a senior, I went on Semester At Sea, and it changed my life (S03). I met some amazing women both at Pitt and abroad, and I'm so lucky to have many of those friendships still a part of my life!
|Delta Zeta Omicron chapter Fall 200 pledge class|
|My Semester At Sea gals, Sarah, Jen, me, Sereta, Leah, and Rhiannon, in Japan|
I also had a great internship my last year or two at Pitt and was lucky enough to have a number of books published before I even graduated, thanks to that internship. When I finished my degree at Pitt, I stayed in Pittsburgh because I loved the city so much. I never would have left if it had been up to me.
I met my husband 2 years after I graduated. We dated for a year and a half before he got a job offer that was too good to pass up - only it was in Atlanta, GA. He said he would only take the job if I didn't break up with him when he moved away. 3 months later, he convinced me to move to Atlanta. 3 months after that he proposed.
My husband is Indian but grew up around the world. He's tall, muscular, and has a super sexy British accent. We had 2 weddings, one in the US and one in India. We were married November 24, 2008 in India and we were married on March 21, 2009 in the US. He's my best friend and the first person I turn to for anything. We bought a house in 2010. We adopted a dog (a boxer named Lexi) 1 month after that. She's our favorite thing ever. We call her smoosh, wiggles, princess, and a slew of other names.
|Princess SmooshyFace Lexi Lou Wiggles|
I was a waitress at a diner, a seafood restaurant, a Ground Round, and finally a Dave & Buster's until I graduated college. My first job was at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and it didn't last long (my choice). I worked at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for a few years first in admissions, then in financial aid, while I earned an Associates degree in Information Technology. My first job in Atlanta was as a technical writer. Now, I work for Ericsson as a global technical trainer and I get to travel around the world, teaching television technology. I love my job. Although, it's a bit scary to have your dream job at 30 years old.
|I get to teach at places like this|
I don't enjoy working out, but I enjoy the benefits of it, so I often run, bike, or hit the gym. It usually takes a truck's worth of effort to get me out the door but I'm always happy when I do. I dance - a lot. Ballroom, line dancing, anything. I'm part of an exhibition dance team sponsored by a local country bar/concert venue. I love music, reading, writing, fashion (obvi), animals. I knit. I've started making jewelry.
So, that's a little bit about me. Any questions? :)