Brienne Taylor
MAT 125
6/18/20

Getting to Know Me, Brienne Taylor

My Story

Hi, my name is Brienne Taylor, but I go by Brie (just like the cheese!). I am 23 years old and I live in Oceanside, which is located in San Diego county in Southern California. I was born in Minnesota and lived there until I was 4 years old. When I first moved to California in 2001, I resided in Dana Point. Dana Point is a beautiful beach town located in Orange County in Southern California, about 45 minutes away from Oceanside. I hope that I get to retire in Dana Point someday!

My Education

I started school at Malcolm Elementary in Dana Point when I first moved to California. Towards the end of that year, we had moved to Oceanside and I transferred to Reynolds Elementary. After Reynonlds, I went to Martin Luther King Middle School for 6th-8th. I then moved on to high school and graduated from El Camino High School. I am currently enrolled in MiraCosta, finally finishing up my final semesters. I am due to graduate in the Spring of 2021 with an associates degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Marketing. Once my time at MiraCosta has concluded, I will then go on to continue to work towards my bachelor's degree at Cal State San Marcos. Just like many other high school graduates, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I started my college career as a nursing major, only to figure out that I REALLY did not want to go into nursing. I then decided that I wanted to try psychology and maybe become a therapist until I realized, that is also something I REALLY did not want to do. So I settled on something much more practical, but settled is not exactly the right word. I chose to be a business major knowing that it would open doors to different career options, but I chose marketing specifically because I am a very creative and artistic person. I am proud to say that I finished the Spring 2020 semester (my first semester back in college) with straight A's and great connections with my professors. What a bounce back from academic dismissal!


Academic Struggles

You might wonder why I was dismissed from college. Well, its a pretty simple answer: I wasn't ready. I believe I had a lot of growing up to do. I didn't know what I wanted, I had nothing to chase after, and I was making my own money for the very first time. It was also a dangerous discovery when I found out that I wouldn't get in trouble for not showing up to class - I would just simply fail and waste money! Back in 2018, after 3 major switches and many failed classes, I was dismissed from MiraCosta. I took some time off, focused on work, and figured out what I wanted to with my life and what were my clear goals for the future. I had a "Come to Jesus" talk with my parents back in December of 2019 and finally got my head screwed on straight. I am happy to say that I am so close to the finish line and so incredibly motivated to keep going. I am proud of who I am becoming and I know good things will be happening in the future!


What I do for Work

Since graduating high school, I have work 6 different jobs. I really enjoyed working in the restaurant industry and had the chance to work for Koko Beach, Karl Strauss, Ignite Bistro, and Small Town. While working in the restaurant industry, I realized I wanted to do something a little more structured, so I applied for a receptionist position and landed a pretty freaking cool job. I work full-time at a karate studio. I spent a year and a half as their receptionist and just recently was promoted to their program manager. My bosses are incredible and have given me to opportunity to train for free. I am currently an orange belt working for my green tag. My bosses are very talented and I have been fortunate to benefit from it. My boss, Margueritte, has given me the opportunity to apply my marketing skills to the real world by giving me projects and promotions to do for the karate studio. She has help me build quite the portfolio. Her husband, David, is a really fun, nerdy guy. He's a terrible communicator but can figure out just about any technical problem, and make you feel stupid while doing it because he fixes in within .02 seconds. I love my work, I love where I work, I love who I work for, and who I work with. I have built so many great connections and formed a ton of relationships with many people who attend the gym. I believe this experience will shape my future. Also, if you're looking for karate training, please contact me, Brie, at info@akkarate.com or by phone at 760-828-7165. We're offering 2 free weeks of martial arts training both virtual, and at our beautiful Bressi Ranch location. AK Martial Arts & Fitness is for all ages 3 & up. TANG SOO!


Being Fired

For the first time in my life, I was fired from a job and one that I REALLY liked. I had worked for Karl Strauss for 2.5 years and had really worked my way up through the company. I started as a host, then became the lead host, then got moved to expo, then became the lead expo, then I started serving. I loved the company I worked for, but sometimes, too much of a good thing, really isn't good at all. I had made my fair share of mistakes, but the company was also making a ton of changes, began losing money, and started cutting staff left and right to save costs. It became every little mistake was a write up until it was your final. Fortunately, I took this experience and ran with it. I learned to build off of my mistakes and keep looking forward. Although this job was my biggest financial income, it was also wearing me out mentally and physically. I lost control of myself and was very depressed. Since being let go, I have lost weight, gone back to school, and received a promotion at my other job. I have also paid off a TON of debt that accumulated after being fired.


What I do for Fun

One thing most people don't know about me is that I LOVE to golf. I have been golfing since I was a sophomore in high school and I absolutely fell in love with the sport. I golf as much as I can with my busy schedule! I also sing and love to jam out with my brother and dad or my friends. My brother, dad, and I are part of a Worship Music Association and get recruited from churches throughout Southern California to perform contemporary Christian music for their worship services. We have been fortunante to perform for churches 2-4 times a month. As I mentioned earlier, I am also a very artistic person. I love to draw but I am out of practice. This is something I hope to do more of!


Golf Tournaments

During high school, I was lucky to participate in many golf matches and tournaments. I was a varsity player as a sophomore with no golf experience, I was just naturally good at the sport. I participated in 6 golf tournaments during my high school career. I never placed in any of them, but I sure won some cool golf clubs!


Family

Most of my family is from the midwest or the east coast. I grew up with just my immediate family since we moved to California. My parents are Jon and Sue, and I have an older brother named Erik. Erik has two adorable twins girls named Emma and Elena and I love them to pieces. The newest addition to our family is our sweet dog, Riley. We adopted Riley in October 2019 at 5 years old. His owners grew too old to take care of him and wanted to send him to a loving a family. I am fortunate to have benefited from such a sweet boy.

Emma and Elena

Emma and Elena are my twin nieces, and they are almost 2 years old! They are growing up far too fast. The words they can say are La Bamba, Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, Mom, Dog, and Yeah! They are big sweethearts and love to eat and drink everything you do (yes, this includes coffee). I don't know where I would be without them and I hope to spend as much time as possible with them.


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