A trendsetter with a truly refreshing perspective, the Millennial is socially conscious choosing to support initiatives that make both a local and global impact. Civic-minded and compassionate, she uses her intellect to foster a healthy and just society. Being an agent for change is one of her most defining character traits.
It wasn’t easy watching my sister-friend go through one of the toughest times in her life but things have finally turned around and we’re both beaming with excitement. We met in the fourth grade; ironically, our mothers were the best of friends in junior high. After a few years of Florida living, her mom decided to come back home to Virginia – she missed her family. After getting settled, her mom stopped by our house one day to visit my mom and Nik came with her – that was her nickname. She and I instantly hit it off; we were both only children so having a new friend was nice.
We were inseparable for a few years, spending school recess together, tying up our parent’s phone lines at night and having sleepovers on the weekends but that changed in seventh grade. Her mom decided to move back to Florida for a better job opportunity. We were both devastated but made a pact to keep in touch. Phone calls were few and far between -long distance and all- but the letters we wrote kept our connection strong and growing. We talked about everything, from boys, homework, high school, new friends to the dreams we wanted to fulfill after college graduation.
I knew college wasn’t for me, picking up a trade was more my speed, but Nik, she was an overachiever. Forget reaching for the stars, she was reaching for the galaxies. I enjoyed listening to her stories about her future; she was a perfectionist and a planner. After university, she landed her first “real” job working for a vacation ownership company. She started as a Marketing Assistant; a year later she was promoted to Marketing Account Manager, and by her third year, she became a Sr. Marketing Account Manager. She loved the trajectory of her career path and took pride in the work that she was doing. Shortly after her last promotion, the company announced their unfortunate decision to close due to the great recession. The vacation industry suffered huge financial losses and rebounding was very slow. She was clearly upset but still hopeful that she would find something else.
After almost a year of searching with no new prospects, she started using her savings to keep things afloat. She bought a car –although used, she still had a car note- and a small condo while working at AWAY Corporation. She eventually lost the condo; the real estate market was a disaster so the bank foreclosed on it. She moved in with her parents and continued to substitute teach. It gave her a little pocket change but it wasn’t enough to stand on her own. She had hit rock bottom. It was painful for me to watch so I can only imagine how she felt experiencing it. It took a while -a few years actually- but she finally climbed out from under the sheets. She decided to take all of her vacation knowledge and open her own little consultant firm in her parent’s basement. She now teaches women how to find vacation deals and walks them through the entire trip planning process. She has yet to return to her glory days but she’s making strides and the future looks bright.
Herb & Fruit Tea
Blueberry: A full flavored tea with superb and well-defined blueberry highlights.