"I love Key Largo and always planned on moving back. I just wasn't sure when.
After high school, I went to the University of Florida in Gainesville and studied English literature. After graduating UF, I got a job running a fundraising office for Environment Florida, a nonprofit group that does great work protecting and restoring the Everglades. It was an awesome opportunity right out of college and it completely pushed me out of my comfort zone! I've always been shy, but with this job, I was immediately thrust into speaking in front of large groups of people and had to be comfortable in the limelight. So, in a lot of ways, it was a great experience for me. On the other hand, it was incredibly long hours and high stress and I ended up running myself ragged. After being a total perfectionist in college and pushing myself too hard at work, I was exhausted and needed a break. When my contract ended with Environment Florida, I decided I needed a change of pace.
I ended up moving back to Key Largo and started working at Mrs. Mac's Kitchen. I had worked there during my summer breaks and loved it, so when they needed a server, I jumped at the chance. Still, it was just supposed to be "temporary." Until I figured out where I should go and what I should do next. That was five years ago and I'm still here!
Now, I work at Mrs. Mac's a few days a week. I work enough to pay my bills, save a little, travel a lot and eat really good food. I spend the rest of my time teaching yoga at Key Largo Yoga's Studios. I love it! I'm so happy to have found something I'm passionate about! I teach all kinds of yoga, including Aerial Yoga (where you practice in a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling!) It's so much fun!
My family owns to the Caribbean Club and people always ask me why I don't work there. I like to tell them, it's because they're not hiring! Most of our bartenders have worked there longer than I've been alive! But one day, I do plan to help run the Crib. (The first thing I'll do is get beer on tap!) But for now, I'm happy teaching yoga and waiting tables.
I've decided this slow paced Keys life is the life for me. I love to be out on the water, but most of all, I love our community. We have each other's backs and that's something that's very special. I love it here and don't plan on leaving.”