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Join Me on My Journey

August 30, 2009

I invite you to come along as I venture into a new phase in my life…the start of my journey as a Virtual Assistant.

First, let me tell a little about myself and my experiences.  I was born and raised in Staten Island, NY and graduated from St. John’s University (Queens) with a bachelor of science in Environmental Science (Ecology).  During my years at St. John’s, I worked at the University library where I honed my organization and research skills.  At the same time, I was offered an internship with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation/Natural Resources Group with their Salt Marsh Restoration Team.

As the name implies, this was a team set up by NYC Parks/NRG to restore an area of small islands and marshes that were damaged by a massive oil spill.  My internship soon became a paid position as a Natural Resources Assistant.  It was here I really learned the value of hard work and that, if you truly love what you are doing, it is not work at all.

After college, I realized the fast-paced life of New York was not for me so I made the move to Florida.  I soon obtained a position with an aquatic toxicology lab where I worked for 10+ years, first as a Laboratory Analyst, then as Laboratory Supervisor, and finally as the Project Coordinator; working one-on-one with clients in test scheduling, project proposals, data analysis and review, review of permits, and much more.

While I loved the work, I found I was missing out on spending time with my family.  I left the world of science and found a position with the county school system so that I could have the same schedule as my daughter, but my life quickly took a new turn….the birth of my son.  I knew I had to leave work behind for awhile and that a new venture would come my way…and now it begins – as a Virtual Assistant.

Now, I knew little, at first, about the world of Virtual Assistance.  I was looking for a way to work from home, utilizing my research, writing, editing, and client-relations skills, when my dear friend and established VA, Dawn Riley of A Virtual Assistant in Paradise, suggested I become a VA.  I knew, with Dawn as my mentor, that this was my new path in life.

So, please follow along with me as I take this new path in establishing Primo Assistance.

Thank you,

Diane

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