My name is Brittany Walker and here is my story. I was born and raised in the little old town of Cambridge, MD. Growing up, the highlight of my childhood was fishing and crabbing on my Grandparents boat. The times not spent on the boat were spent taking frequent trips to go surf fishing at the Delaware beaches. In fact, my family visited them so often that we ended up moving to Rehoboth Beach when I was 8 years old. It was like a dream come true. That was until the day me and my older brother were getting ready to step off the bus and we could see our mom and grandparents waiting for us which was unusual. It wasn’t anyone’s birthday, there was no special occasion that I could recall. As we got closer, I could tell something was very wrong. My mom broke the news to us that our Dad had committed suicide. In that very moment, my stomach dropped and my entire world fell apart. I couldn’t fathom why, I was in disbelief as if this was just some horrible nightmare. This man who was my whole world was gone and I’d never see him again. He was not my biological father, but he came into my life when I was just 5 months old. I was the definition of a daddy’s girl and wherever he was I was right there by his side. As you can imagine, I was devastated and fell into a deep depression at the age of 12. I became very shy, reserved and kept to myself most of the time. Fast forward to several years later, I had my beautiful daughter Khloe Rae. She changed my life. She turned dark cloudy days into rays of sunshine. I finally found a reason to truly start living.
My Mother is my biggest inspiration. She is the strongest, most hardworking woman I have ever met. She stayed strong through all of the hard times and gave me and my brother the best life we could have ever imagined of having. She’s loving and supportive. She taught me that I could achieve anything in life as long as I worked hard enough for it. She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for her.
In 2012, I started looking for my first fulltime job and a friend told me that a Buffalo Wild Wings was opening in Rehoboth and that I should apply. I said Buff-a-what? I had never even heard of a Buffalo Wild Wings until that day. I went to my interview and was hired as a Greeter/Cashier. During our training before the store opened, we were told the owner was going to come in and speak with us. I will never forget the day Bobby came in and shared his story. His speech truly inspired me. I was confident this was the job for me and that I could achieve my goals if I put in the time and effort. So that’s exactly what I did. I was so eager to learn everything I could. I did a little bit of everything; WCT, expo, serving, bartending. I got the wonderful opportunity to become a Shift leader and I absolutely love it. My goals don’t stop there, of course. One day I hope to keep advancing and see where it takes me.
Performing at a high level is important to me because I was raised to always do my best. I have always believed if you are going to do something, you should do it right. I don’t want to be your average worker that just slides on by. I like to be proud of the work I accomplish, and I always want to show my full potential. I love coming to work knowing that my co-workers can count on me to get the job done!
I would like to mention how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work for H5H the past 6 years. I am no longer that shy girl opening the door for guests. I have grown so much and working in the hospitality industry has helped me become the person I always knew I could be.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my story. Now I would like to share one of my favorite quotes: “Keep your face towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”
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