My first experience with serving others started at my neighborhood’s garage sales. Every year around November, our cul-de-sac community would host the seasonal “sell your old trinkets and collapsing wicker chairs”event. I was a young creative and I wanted in on the profits. My Italian mother fostered a zealous work ethic in me from an early age. I’d break out the markers and poster board, fetch the lemons and sugar. I scrawled bubble letters that read “The Lemonade Stand” and mixed pitchers of lemonade. I baked chocolate chip cookies and set up shop at the end of our driveway. Not everyone wanted to buy our old clothes or furniture but nearly everyone stopped for a glass of lemonade.

The idea behind this blog is to create a similar platform, presenting the everyday sweet and sour; examining the old and the new, the way I see it. My words are offering a glass of metaphorical refreshment. My opinions and perspectives are open for business, ready to reach you. As a 24 year old female senior, at the University of Central Florida, I am majoring in English Literature and minoring in Journalism. My life philosophy is ever changing, but consistently hovers around the idea of being present and being my best self- for myself. They say if you want to change the world, you have to start with yourself. (I’m still curious who “they” are.)

I have worked in the service industry since I was 17, with jobs ranging from pizza delivery to waiting tables and bartending in night clubs. The simple transactions in these jobs between myself and others has created some of my largest life lessons and most defining moments. My communication skills have blossomed due to those camaraderies formed with overloaded yet dedicated coworkers, indignant customers and the most appreciative regulars.

I aspire to express my ideas verbally (and visually when possible) and inspire a hunger for connecting and betterment of everyday life. Most of my classes have possessed pillars in understanding all walks of life and appreciating our differences through the lens of literature. I hope to apply that here and combine my life experiences as well.

Here is your one stop shop to a look at the world just a little differently. I hope to offer insight to the many different things I do, places I go, people I meet and everyday situations I experience. The Lemonade Stand is a blog combining the up close and the far away in our lives. Stop and have a glass, take a look around. From this blog, I hope you can take what you need from it, apply what resonates with you to your personal lifestyle, and frequent The Lemonade Stand for my perspectives on the sweet and the sour.

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