Hey ya'll this is about to get REAL, real quick.
I want to share with you a little bit about my life and what has led me to this moment in time. I am originally from Washington state, right outside of Seattle, home of Starbucks and the best drive thru espresso stands I have ever been to.
I moved to Texas near the end of the "pandemic" with my girl Summer and dog America. Us 3 gals were beyond ready to start FRESH in a place where the sun is always shining and the people are so welcoming. I'm writing this now as I am finishing up my career as an X-ray technologist. I started school for this in 2015 and started working in 2017. Through the past couple years I realized that this is not for me. You ever look in the mirror and think, "why am I so scared to follow the path that is meant for me?" That has been me, and I hate that it took me so long but the bottom line is that I am here NOW.
I got out of the Marine Corps in 2010 after being stationed in North Carolina for 4 years at Camp Lejeune. I was more than willing to follow my then boyfriend to Wisconsin, which later you will find out why that is funny, and I lived there for 4 more years.
When I moved back to Washington in 2014, I was 24 and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. My dream of retiring as a Marine was out since I had an injury and decided to get out after my first enlistment. I had managed a Zumiez in Wisconsin and loved it but didn't really want to keep going with it as I was getting older but the products were staying the same. I spent some time as a ski bum/lift operator at the local mountain so I could snowboard as much as I wanted. That just so happens to be how I tore my ACL that following winter. Well, I guess that injury was what kind of sparked my idea to join the medical field.
As you can see, thus far, I have kind of fallen into everything as I have moved along. The easy paths I have certainly taken, except the Corps of course. I remember telling my friend Anna (yes there's two of us), that I wanted to open a bikini barista which in Seattle area is a drive thru coffee stand with women in bikinis. They are a hit and they make good coffee too! At that time in my life, I had never really had a mentor or someone I knew to look up to. Sure I knew good people but I wasn't surrounded by others who were doing big things. It seemed absolutely IMPOSSIBLE for me to move forward with that idea of being a business owner.
I laughed it off as a fun "dream" and moved on.
Soon I was in x-ray school and I remember speaking to my mother on the phone, outside of the school on the first day of orientation. Shit. It was real. I was committing to this. I wasn't sure if I really wanted it. My reason? It looked like a "cool" job and it would provide good pay and security. I threw up in the bathroom that day. Looking back I wonder if I knew I was going the wrong way...
Fast forward to now, I have my LLC and my plan is in motion. I have been apart of 2 coaching groups and read more books in the past year than my life combined. There is no going back and I feel better about this than I have anything in my life so far. Am I scared? Absolutely. One thing I have learned through all of life's experiences so far is that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. I am not a quitter. I solve problems. I help people. I inspire. I work hard. I speak my mind. All of these things you will soon see as Hard Charger Coffee launches soon!