It's been a quite a year, and there's just no way to make this short and sweet, so let me just begin. I started working at the Bliss Theater a year ago, and couldn't wait to go to work every day in that wonderful, artistic, creative atmosphere. I enjoyed working there more than I can say, but a big reason was the people I worked with! Every single person who works there is wonderful, especially my boss Karen. They work hard and make it lots of fun while they do it. I would have enjoyed staying there throughout the remainder of my Peace Corps service, as every day was new and different. One of the highlights was working with Aurelio Martinez, a singer, song writer and musician who blends the Caribbean and West African roots of the Garifuna culture into punta rock. He played several concerts throughout the country, and a free concert for 600 kids at the Bliss, exciting and inspiring them through his music.
But, in December I was offered a wonderful opportunity to work at Heritage Point Condominium. It is a brand new development that was built by my "good friend" Mark Miller. Mark and I met in the Cancun airport when we were both returning to Belize after the Christmas holidays last year. He is a builder, also from Florida, and came to Belize the same month that I did in March of 2010. He was brought here as a consultant for Heritage Bank to finish a development that they assumed through foreclosure. Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love construction, so I tagged along with Mark as much as possible in the last year, taking in the smell of freshly poured concrete and watching as the building was completed (and throwing in my two cents whenever I could, of course). We also adventured to a lot of really neat places in Belize, and had a wonderful vacation with Tom & Joan Heinz last November.
As the construction began to come to an end, Richard & Julie Sutton, Mark's good friends and bosses, offered Mark an opportunity to move to St. Martin to work on another one of their projects. So, Heritage Point needed someone to oversee the finishing touches and convert a few of the units into furnished condos/hotel rooms. I was offered the job (after much groveling and begging), and went to Cancun right after the holidays for two weeks of training at one of the Sutton's beautiful time share resorts. I had a blast and felt like I finally found my calling, OK, so it's when most people my age are thinking of retiring! I did everything from working with housekeepers, outside maintenance, front desk staff, bellboys, sales, and even spent time in the wonderful,crazy chaos of Richard & Julie's days. But trying to always surprise the resort guests by making their experience even better than they imagined, is so much fun and I'm sure what I was meant to do in life (in addition to buying shoes!)
So, I've been furnishing and decorating five of the units, applying for a hotel license, designing signage so people can find their way here, showing the units to potential buyers, washing about 50 sets of sheets and towels, scraping paint off the floors, maintaining the pool, and everything in between!
I've got my hands full, trying to sell condos, and accomodate vacationers and guests who stay in the hotel, but I'm looking forward to tackling each challenge and making Heritage Point a success. So, come see me in Belize!!