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lovelylotus
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Posted on Fri, Feb 16, 2007 22:31

I happened upon the hospitality industry when I was 18 years old. I needed a job to help pay some of my college expenses and luckily for me, a position as a banquet server opened up at a Marriott close to campus. I was pretty damn good at it, so I was made a banquet captain in pretty short order. I didn't think of it as a career, I was just glad to have my room and board taken care of. I changed schools to be closer to home, due to my mothers constant medical battles, and found a new job, this time at a hotel front desk. Again- I was good at it, so I moved into a supervisory position within three months of my hire. I graduated, with two degrees that mean absolutely nothing without some further education. Being young and hedonistic, I decided to put off pursuing my masters for a period of time. I did, however, take a new postition as an Assistant Front Office Manager at a very swankt property in the downtown area. Then came the car accident. Hospitalization, physical therapy, money issues, ongoing bills that I couldn't pay, not to mention the loss of my car (it was a hit and run- I have now learned the importance of excellent insurance). The accident, and various other life-changing situations contributed to my resignation from the creme de la creme of St. Louis hotels. So, I got my feet back under me (literally and figuratively!) and when I was ready, took a position at my current place of employment. It was less money and less prestige, but I needed a job so I took it. I have done well there, have made some good friends and had some wonderful experiences. It was a good place to pick myself back up again. Now I am ready for my life to begin again. Just this afternoon, I received a job offer that will forever change the course of my career. Almost double the pay, better hours, better benefits, and I am working for a world-renowned institution. And that's not even the great part about this job. I have finally broken into non-operational hotel management! My dream. What I feel I can be most effective at. What I love to do. And if I do well here, the sky is the limit as far as opportunity is concerned. I have waited and toiled for 5 years for this moment. I'm going to go have a beer to celebrate. Just wanted to share...


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Posted on Mon, Feb 19, 2007 18:27

Good job hon If youre at all like me, then you are very hard on yourself and dont give yourself enough credit for your accomplishments. I'm proud of you for recognizing this one!


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AmandaRenee
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Posted on Mon, Feb 19, 2007 16:28

Congrats LL! I'm so happy for u and glad that ur dreams have come true, now I really do have to bust my ass and get back in school so we can both be success stories out of the young women on MM.


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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 13:16

Congratulations Lovely, keep faith make it all the way to the Management. Women Rule.


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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 12:22

LL, you have just restored my faith in the young people of America. So many want everything handed to them on a silver platter. You obviously are a hard worker, and deserve this new opportunity. I am very pleased for you. (Trey, now would be good time to send some congratulatory flowers, see if you still qualify for that VD discount.)


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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 09:32

Congrats LL - You have a lot of work cut out for you!!! The hotel business is one the toughest to run efficiently... Too much of everything goes on with the hotel business!! Good luck and I know that you'll be excellent at it!!!


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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 08:15

Lauren, Good things happen to good people. I am thrilled for you. Enjoy it!!! -D.


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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 05:33

Congratulations!! Job Well Done! I hope that life blossoms and that your hopes and dreams are realised. Leigh


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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 03:56

I predict that you will meet your future husband while working in this new position. You go Girl! Good Luck


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MissMonteCarlo
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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 00:55

Well done! Its sound like you have worked hard and its true what they say it does pay off in the end. sarah :-)


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Posted on Sat, Feb 17, 2007 00:43

Congratulations, LL !!! ;) Life is Good !!!!


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