When Dyana asked me to write a little Q&A article about myself I jokingly thought, “I don’t want people to know my secrets.” In all seriousness, I’m a bit of an open book. All of my friends and family know everything about me. However, the task of coming up with interests, traits and obsessions for this profile made me do some self-reflecting. So behold, below are my secrets… or a list of fascinating facts people who don’t know me would be surprised to learn. Enjoy, but not too much.

I’m a mama’s girl. My mom and I talk on the phone almost everyday and even some times up to three times a day. We are extremely close and I share everything with her. My mother is my biggest supporter and has never doubted my dreams and career path. I’m one of those people that will go psycho crazy if you talk bad about my mama. I’ll be all over you like white on rice!

I can’t stand having long fingernails. As a kid I had a horrible habit of biting my nails out of anxiety and boredom. As I got older I grew out of this, but the bad habit transitioned to me just picking at my nails. I tried letting them grow out once….never again. They were weapons!

I don’t drink soda. I quit drinking soft drinks almost seven or eight years ago. I drink water and the occasional orange juice…with champagne of course. Although recently I jumped on board with the Kombucha craze, with the Synergy brand being my favorite.

I wish I lived in the Roaring 1920’s. This statement is almost entirely based on the movie, “The Great Gatsby” (don’t judge me) and seeing the women decked out in flapper dresses, fringe and feathers. The lavish production-style parties seem absolutely amazing. Talk about serious entertainment and the best night of your life! Popping champagne, confetti falling from the sky, gorgeous dancers and a jazz band giving you a larger than life performance. I’m captured by the grandiosity of it all.

I have an obsession with rescuing animals. Growing up I constantly brought home animals and tried to convince my poor mother to let them become part of the family. The animals she let me keep included: two stray cats, a dog that was tied up to a dumpster, a sugar glider, two chinchillas, a turtle and a rabbit, just to name a few. Today, I volunteer part time at a Pitbull rescue and offer up my home to foster dogs until they get adopted.

The first movie I ever cried watching was “Pearl Harbor.” It must have been a mix of the surround sound, big screen, Josh Harnett and Ben Afleck’s face that got me all teary eyed being I had a major crush on both. I wouldn’t cry again till “My Sister’s Keeper”…Dang it! They got me again!

I was an entrepreneur at a young age. When I was in kindergarten my sister and I would walk door to door in my neighborhood selling rocks. It wasn’t until my next-door neighbor sold us out to my mother that we had to close our business down. My next venture was a lemonade stand. Every weekend, I would set up a table at the end of our street and make fresh lemonade. I made sure to offer customers the option of a medium size or large size lemonade (people like options). I was a little hustler and it wasn’t long until I was onto my next big idea. Not a lot has changed since then.

I have a hunger for adventure and new experience. I love doing things I have never done before. I relish in the thrill and the adrenaline that comes with it. This is where my love for traveling ignited. Where most people find discomfort in the unknown, I love new environments and experiencing different cultures around the world.