I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today without the unconditional love and support of my family and friends.
To my mom, the woman who has encouraged and pushed me to follow my dreams. You have always had my back, you have always been there for me and I am so blessed to be able to call you my momma.
To my dad, we have had our ups and downs and I have most definitely tested all of your inner strength but I am so happy to see how far we have come.
To Tony, the man who made friends with my mom before I was born and stepped up as a father figure, and now adopted-dad in my life. Mom, Sarah and I hit the jackpot with you.
To my Nan, my rock, my best friend, the wise one. You always know exactly what to say and how to say it. You give the best advice and tell the best stories.
To my Giagia, no words can really describe how much I admire you. Your strength, wit and determination is inspiring.
To my Papou, although I am not a lawyer, or a hairdresser and I know you do not understand my career, I know you love and support me unconditionally. I know one thing for sure, I get my fiery passion from you. Could be that we are both Aries, too!
To my siblings, despite being the oldest, I have learned so many life lessons from all of you. Sarah, I admire your self-confidence and high standards. Jordan, I admire your positive and loving view on life. Danny, I admire how soft and sweet you are, compassionate and caring. Your little laugh and best hugs.
To my best friends - Jessica, Nicole and Marsha. You three have been with me through it all, and you're stuck with me for life. You are more like family than friends.
To Amanda, thank you for opening your heart and home to me. You are the best bonus mom a girl could ask for! And you raised two incredible young women.
A special thank you to Olivia, for everything this last year. I literally could not have accomplished half of what I did without your assistance.
And last, but most definitely not least, my Thea Christina. I did okay until now... then I had to grab the Kleenex box. I have so many words and none at the same time. You are my aunt, my sister, my friend, my confidant, my role model. I always felt safest with you, you always heard me, even when I wasn't saying a word. Thank you for always being there.