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What's My Story?

Aug 18th 2010 at 10:09 PM

I could write my first article about tips and tricks that I have learned on internet marketing.  Or, I could mix things up just a little and tell you about me instead.  After all this is "social" networking, right?  So, let's be social!

I remember when I was a kid, growing up in Decatur, Georgia, we had to write our own autobiographies.  There wasn't much to tell at the young age of maybe 8 or 9.  But I was still able to fill up a page with my life's story. 

Well, I won't bore you with 44 1/2 years of my hardly dull life but I will sum up "me" in a few paragraphs and I hope my readers enjoy knowing just a little bit more than what programs I am marketing on the internet.

I was born in Napa, CA.  I didn't really know that Napa was a glamorous place to be from until my early 20's when I started to work first in a photo lab and then in the hotel business.  To me, in my early memories, it was just where Gramma and Grampa Martini lived.  Who knew that people traveled from all over the globe to visit the Napa Valley to taste wines, tour wineries and photograph vineyards. 

We lived in Michigan and then Georgia and finally in late high school we moved back to Napa.  

Always a very social person, I retained friendships in the Southeast from my childhood and high school years.  In my early twenties I moved to Atlanta, GA to share an apartment with my best friend while she attended Georgia Tech.  I had been working in a hotel in the Napa Valley so my natural career choice was in the hotel business.  I soon landed a position as front desk clerk at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta.  

I worked in the hotel business for about 6 years, moving back to Napa and then Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1990.  In 1993 I went into banking and worked in that business for 13 years.  

I lived in Marin County, Napa, and then the East Bay in California.  Again, always social and committed to my friendships, I continued to keep a connection with the Southeast and visited Georgia often between 1990 and 2008.  In 2008 I spent more time in the Southeast than I did in California because I had left banking and was doing business with one of my best friends in Atlanta as well as in Tennessee.

At the same time as I was building my career and friendships, I was struggling through several rocky romantic relationships.  My friends became my second family and there are a few who know me about as good as I know myself.  I traveled with these friends in our "single 30's" - to Hawaii, Mexico and the Bahamas.  To Italy, Spain, France and Germany. We visited Disneyland and Las Vegas often and I continued my yearly or every two year trip to Georgia to visit friends there. 

In January 2009 I moved to Florida on a bit of a whim.  I needed a break.  Badly.  I had just decided to sever a business partnership and I cut off all income in doing so.  I came to Florida because I had an investment condo here.  I thought I'd stay in it for two months, maybe three.  I ended up staying in it for nearly four months, then moving to an apartment for the summer while renting it out, and moving back again in August of last year.  I no longer have the condo and I no longer struggle with rocky romantic relationships since i met and later moved in with Matt, my soul mate!

Sometimes the best things happen after some of the toughest times.  We have to go through these hard experiences to get to the good stuff!  I have said often lately that I would not change a thing and I have no regrets.  Any slight change in my past might affect my present and I am very happy in my present life!  

I hope my new IMfp friends enjoy reading a little about me and will share something about them with me.

 

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Oct 17th 2010 at 5:38 AM by drkelp
Thx for sharing.
   
Sep 30th 2010 at 9:39 PM by deewest
Hello Leslie It is nice to know a little about you.. I am so glad that you have found your soul mate!.. You did a lot of traveling to exciting places.. Good For You! I have posted a bit about me on my IM Face Plate.. You can read it there. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing! Nice to meet you Dee
   
Sep 24th 2010 at 6:59 AM by ChuckBartok
The twinkle of YOUR Smile is an assurance of Success in any endeavor
   
Sep 24th 2010 at 6:41 AM by cmsolution
I completely agree with you Leslie.
   
Sep 10th 2010 at 4:58 PM by bizsuccesskeys
Paula, life never turns out the way we plan does it. Nope, it ain't the Ferrari!
   
Sep 10th 2010 at 3:30 PM by webmiep
Hi Leslie. Nice to read your story. One of my kids got the flue when he was 2,5. They flue virus attacked his brain what made him mentaly disabled. I took a care of him for years and i did it with love. However this prevented me from havong a professional carreer of some kind. He is now 23 (but mantally still 2,5) and living elsewhere where he is very happy. And I am happy too. my son becoming disabled has changed my vieuw about what is important and valuable in live. And in aint being able to buy a Ferrari.
   
Sep 8th 2010 at 8:58 AM by bizsuccesskeys
Wow Monika that is amazing! Everything happens for a reason. I bet you wouldn't have met him had you not gone through that awful experience. I didn't go into the bad business partnership in 2008 and why I needed to end it and find a new start for myself. But I know that I had to go through all of that to get me here to Florida and to meet the love of my life! And of course all of my online friends :)
   
Sep 8th 2010 at 8:51 AM by m8t43
Hi Leslie. I enjoyed reading your story. What an interesting life you've had. I agree, that sometimes the best things happen to us after some of the toughest times. When my House burned down in 1994 and I had literally no will to live and try to re-build my life, about a year later I met my now Husband and soul mate. I thank God for that every day of my life. Thank you for sharing. Monika
   
Aug 23rd 2010 at 7:20 AM by bizsuccesskeys
Thanks Tim! It's just my boring life :) It hasn't been too boring but not super exciting to read about, either. I like that I am a southern girl and a bay area girl. Lots of contrast there!
   
Aug 22nd 2010 at 8:23 PM by TimRR
Wow Great article,, What a gal
   
Aug 19th 2010 at 3:14 PM by bizsuccesskeys
Thanks to both of you for your nice comments :)
   
Aug 19th 2010 at 3:10 PM by GTBulmer
Hello, Leslie: Thanks for sharing your story with us! Interesting and well-presented. I agree with one of your closing comments that "sometimes the best things happen after some of the toughest times." We grow through those experiences and they help us appreciate the good things so much more! :-)
   
Aug 19th 2010 at 3:26 AM by blackfolder1
Very well written article! I think it is the first one I've read with no links!
   

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