I am a Colorado girl in a Carolina world. Born and raised in the Denver area, I went to college at Colorado State University where I studied Interior Design. In 1991, I moved to Telluride, CO where I lived for 3-1/2 years simply to enjoy mountain life. I’ve always been inspired by nature and found the most grounding experiences high atop the mountains, staring out at the vast expanse. So quickly the worries and burdens of life were put into perspective with the mountains as my muse. It was in the mountains’ quiet, snow-blanketed forest that I found solitude. That place where I was able to realize how beautifully and magnificently small and insignificant we are on our beautiful planet. It was so liberating!
It was in Telluride that I met my (then) husband (southern boy), and moved to Columbia, South Carolina, to manage a restaurant. Allow me to reiterate that I came from Telluride, CO (little ski town surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks…you get the picture) to Columbia, SC! Let’s just say it was a little too big of a culture shock for this mountain girl. I lasted 6 months there, then moved to Easley, SC. It was then that I was introduced to the lakes of the Upstate. If you are at all familiar with the “lakes” in Colorado, it might be a gross overstatement to call them “puddles” …especially by comparison to the lakes here! My first exposure was to Lake Hartwell. Then the southern part of Lake Keowee. We kept heading north on Lake Keowee where we enjoyed many a summer family gathering at a lakeside State Park Cabin. But at long last, we made it to Lake Jocassee. I need look no further! I had arrived! She instantly stole my heart and became what I refer to as, “my place of peace”. 5 minutes on her beautiful emerald green waters, you’ll see why! She is mysterious and magical! She is inherently quiet and calm, but can be temperamental. She is fragile, yet powerful! She is unique beyond measure! And she is always a source of rejuvenation for the mind, body and spirit.
After several years working as a healthcare interior design professional, owning my own business, I found out that I was to be blessed with my first child. Shortly after his birth, I decided to let my career go and focus solely on being a mother. 2 years later, my daughter was born. Both of my kids adore Lake Jocassee. In fact, my son was almost born in her waters! It holds a special place in my heart for that reason. We have been so fortunate to spend many a day playing and exploring on and around her and have created so many fond memories that will be forever cherished!
After a 19-year motherhood sabbatical, I got back into the workforce until COVID hit. After 2 months of driving myself crazy, I accepted a serendipitous position at Jocassee Lake Tours as a reservationist, where I now get to enjoy the excitement of our clients as they embark on creating memories of their own!