I remember staring at the colored television, cause it was the 1st time I saw a colored TV. That moment was one of many “firsts”. It was 1989, and communism just ended in Romania and we were finally allowed to have access to the western world. We got to watch movies... So here I was staring at the TV cause that was the 1st time I heard a language I didn't know it existed and also the very first time I saw a black person. It was 48 Hrs starring Eddie Murphy. I remember the moment when he was standing in from of that vending machine and said something to Nick Nolte and I hunched over laughing. I thought he was the funniest man alive. I was 8 years old. I remember clearly that being my 1st decision "I want to go where those people are". And yes I said "those" because I never heard and english speaking person before, I never saw life outside of communism and I certainly had no idea anything but white people existed. And before you label me racist, I'm miles from it. What I'm trying to explain here is that Eddie Murphy is the one responsible planting the bug in my 8 year old little heart that "I'm going to America!"
Years went by before my "American dream" life became a reality. I went through school and high school in Romania, college in Hungary. There in my 2nd year of Agricultural Engineering (that's an other part of my life where I said "no thank you" after I realized you can't check if the cow is pregnant or not in high heels. So I was out) I had to take a high level english exam and I barely spoke the basics. So where else but in America the best to learn english? I had 3 options... It's not as easy to come to America as you think. I had to choose between being au-pair, working on an oil mine in the middle of the ocean, or a cruise. Of course to up my chances I applied to all 3. Thank God I got the au-pair job first cause now looking back I would have probably not have survived the other two.
So January 20th of 2013 I touched US soil in New York.
Since then I've worked as an au-pair, babysitter, sales rep in a jewelry store, front desk person in an office, shipping and receiving clerk, data entry, restaurant food safety auditor from there I was forced (that's another story) to be a stay at home mom. I did that for about 2 years and my neighbor said to me one day "Gogo, you're so social, you have so many friends, you are a natural salesperson. I think you should be a Realtor. By the time we were having this conversation she already recommended me to a local broker, Real Estate One. But as she said the word "Realtor" I remember what went through my mind LOL "I watch HDTV"!!! How many of you thought the same thing about Real Estate? That it's just as easy as they seem on the "House Hunters" shows?! Yeah, cause you get to dress up and everyone will just find their way to want to work with you; and its glamorous and a camera crew is following you around every day, and you get to show and sell these multi million dollar properties like cupcakes.
Should I end my Realtor daydream, cause I think that's a whole other blog post.
Anyway, moral of my story I'm thankful for Eddie Murphy for making that movie, I'm thankful for his funny personality cause to the day I think he is one of the funniest man alive and if it wasn't for him I may not be here today living my American Dream. (and anyone reading this who can help me through the 6 degrees of separation to help me meet him I will forever be grateful to you!)