What more can I say? This guy is my very best friend (he has no choice, I love him and he deals with it). We’ve been friends for almost a decade now and I admire him. He’s got an unbelievable tenacity for life. Several years ago Patrick got real sick, I won’t get into that here, but he just kept pushing through it and he’s never had a day, I swear, that he wasn’t filled with joy. He attracts people with how huge is heart is, even though life constantly is throwing it back at him. He wears his heart right on his sleeve.
We were living in Orlando at the time and one day he looks at me and he’s like “Yep I’m moving. I want something different.” He packs up his stuff and just moves. He moves to Boston on a whim, finds a job on his own and just starts over completely. Who else, honestly, could do something like that? He’s just seriously got this lust for life, I will never fully understand and I truly admire him for it.
He recently decided to move to Washington D.C on whim to try something different again. Now he’s working at this incredible hotel. He’s thriving, he’s healthier and by god he did it all by himself.
Tell us about your job? What does your day to day look like?
I am the Group Rooms Coordinator at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center. My day usually starts with a morning meeting with the events team, to see what groups will be visiting us. I review sales contracts and place necessary restrictions on our hotel room inventory to ensure that we honor the contract we have with our clients. I monitor all reservations at the hotel.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I get to work with interesting groups like the United States Secret Service and several members of congress.
When did you start?
I have worked in hospitality industry for 12 years now, but I’ve been at my current property in DC with Hilton since March 17th
What inspired you to choose your line of work?
I have always had a passion for helping people. I love thinking outside the box and making big impacts in peoples’ experiences. I feel that hospitality is a perfect canvas for going to extra mile.
How do you handle having family/friends while working full time?
I work a consistent schedule (Monday through Friday). That makes it a little easier to plan trips and visit friends in the city. But the struggle was real during the earlier part of my career. My schedule was all over the place it was almost impossible to plan.
How do you handle leading a healthy lifestyle and still work full time?
HellFresh. This has saved my life when it comes to eating healthy. I come home from a busy day and I would be to lazy to go to the store, come home and cook something (I would just order in). But now I have this delivered every Wednesday. HellFresh gives me four complete meals perfectly portioned. It makes healthy eating, easy.
I also make it a necessity to hike or go for a long walk at least three times a week.
Have you had any set backs when it comes to your career? How did you over come them?
I was sad at first for leaving the Orlando area. Being away from family and the Orlando them parks was hard. I would fall into a depressions at times, but learned that it was OK. I can still live and explore elsewhere, but still go visit.
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
Employee of the Month was a great moment for me. I was excited and it caught me 100% off guard.
What would you tell other about starting their own business?
Stay Organized! I can’t stress this enough. People who are not organized will get overwhelmed with the world load because you don’t have a system in place.
What person do you inspire to be more like?
I inspire to be more life myself. I grew up worrying about others think. And it consumed my life trying to be something that I am not. I live with my heart on my sleeve, voice my opinion (even when not asked to) and I let people know that I care. All things that I didn’t let the world see.
Let’s end this with your favorite quote:
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading up down new paths”
– Walt Disney