Hi! This is a new space. Welcome.
You’ve found a blog. My blog. This blog, belonging to me, Doniree. It’s been awhile since I’ve published like this, but I’ve been itching to do it again.
Here’s a little bit about me, and what I’ll be doing in this space.
I’m Doniree (that’s me, that little blond head over there). I live in Portland, Oregon where I spend my time doing a number of different things. Things like:
Eating & Drinking
I love to eat. I love oysters and fresh produce and tacos and ramen. I also love to drink, especially wine. Mostly wine. When I drink cocktails it’s probably gin or tequila based. When I drink liquor, it’s probably bourbon or scotch and probably on a rock or two. I like beer and cider sometimes. But mostly, my drink of choice is wine. It’s rosé season now (it’s rosé season always), but I also love a good bottle of bubbles.
Working in the Food, Hospitality, & Service Industry
I’m on the management team at a British Isles-inspired restaurant and craft cocktail bar. My focus is on learning how to lead, making people happy, and I get to do a lot of running around serving and selling drinks and tasty meals in the process. I love our regulars, I’m proud of our food and bar programs, and the team is incredibly hard-working, talented, and passionate.
I’ve been in this industry for three years, including a year spent opening and managing a wine bar in the heart of the city.
Prior to the restaurant & bar biz, I worked in HR, advertising, social media marketing, blogging, and start-ups/tech.
I hold a yoga teaching certificate, though I don’t practice as a teacher. This education and personal practice fuels this next part of my life:
Studying to be a Holistic Health Coach
I recently started a program that will certify me as a Holistic Health coach by this time next summer. It seemed a little crazy to take on an educational endeavor right now in the middle of all of the other things going on in my life, but at the same time – I just knew this was the right time for me to do this. Sometimes you just know that, you know?
Holistic health coaches help people set and attain goals in all areas of life: nutrition, fitness, finance, spirituality, family, relationships, education, home life, and more. I love to see people happy and healthy in these areas and I can’t wait to start practicing as a coach.
I also believe that this training supports my work in the restaurant & bar as someone who believes that a happy and healthy staff leads to success in business.
My dream job blends food & hospitality with health & wellness. My dream life includes travel as the third piece to that puzzle.
I also love being on or near water, and am determined to get out in a kayak more than once as the weather gets warmer. I love to float rivers, be on boats, go to the beach, and see the coast. I practice yoga and love Orange Theory Fitness. I’m addicted to subscription boxes like StitchFix, FabFitFun, and Mighty Nest. I’m currently reading Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened,” and Amy Schumer’s “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.”
I’m currently watching or re-watching New Girl, Will & Grace, and the new season of Queer Eye. I’m always watching/re-watching Friends and How I Met Your Mother.
I’m on both Instagram and Twitter (@doniree for both), though I’m much more active on Instagram.
Current Major Goal
My #1 focus for my life in 2018 is financial stability. It has been a hard journey, it’s still hard, but I’m focused now more than ever on getting past years’ worth of debt and into a stable place, one from which I can start to build actual wealth.