Born & raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I, like many others, had a love of the beach. As a child, I spent many summer vacations on Long Beach Island, NJ. That time brings back fond memories of the beach, sailing and fishing.
Alas, I had to grow up and become a responsible adult. I earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Keuka College located on Keuka Lake in upstate New York. A beautiful location, but too darn cold! I married my high school sweetheart (23 years & counting!) and bought a house that was 120 years old! After years of renovations, (anyone who has ever owned an old house knows exactly what I am talking about) we had it placed on the historical register.
With one project completed, another began. While working as Director of Case Management Services at our local community mental health center I attended Penn State University. There I earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
During our renovation and schooling period we always made time for a vacation. And where did we spend our free time? On the Outer Banks, of course! One week would turn into two, the tent became a pop-up, and there were numerous discussions on how Hatteras Island would be a wonderful place to live.
Now, what did I do with that Masters Degree, you ask? I turned it in for an apron and a new pair of sneakers! You guessed it!!! We sold everything we owned, bought a house in Avon and moved! I waited tables at a local restaurant while my husband established his business. We became involved with the local community, contributing time and energy to the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and Outer Banks Hotline.
In 1992 I became concerned that my brain was turning to mush. Friends had been nagging me for years about how I should go to school and get my real estate license. More school, never! (Well, never say never!) I went to school, got my license and began to work at Outer Beaches Realty. 10+ years and still at it! Sure there are highs and lows, but that’s life! I have the opportunity to meet new people (many who have become friends), advocate for my clients (a passion from my past) and sell castles in the sand!