Meet Rachel

The next spotlight  in our “Meet Wharf Hill” series is pointing at Rachel.  You’ve seen her and her amazing smile on any given night at the pub.  Now we can get to know her a little better…

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Quick Facts:
Name: Rachel George
Age: 21 (or as she calls it, 20-fun)
Birthday: June 10th
Position: Server
Birthplace: Hampton, VA
Favorite Beer: Porter
Favorite Foods: Our seafood and salads, Fried Green Tomatoes, Tuna Bites
Education: Smithfield High, CNU, and TCC

WHBC: How long have you worked at Wharf Hill?
Rachel: Since the 2nd week we were open.  My friend worked in the kitchen and told me to come apply.  I came in for dinner one crazy, chaotic Friday night and decided I really wanted to work here!  Robert came to my table and told me to come back Monday and talk to the manager haha.
WHBC: Where were you working before?
R: I had worked at Vintage Tavern as a server for a while and the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club as a lifeguard, babysitter, and server.  I went to work at a doggy day care after that because I just wanted a break from people.  I used to have horses, so I’m used to dirty work, but I liked going in and hanging out with the dogs everyday.
WHBC: So tell me what the best part of working here is.
R: We are a big dysfunctional family! haha.  We all have different personalities and I just love learning about people.  Everyone here is passionate and we give everyone who comes in a great experience.
WHBC: Do you have some favorite regulars?
R: Oh no!  I don’t want to leave anyone out!!  My guys on Wednesday nights who give me ties, all the running club people.  I’ve made so many connections with so many great people who come in here.  It’s nice to go into town and see people I know.  Definitely more positive than negative!
WHBC: How do you mean?
R: Well, sometimes it gets a little crazy, especially cocktailing.  Once in a while someone will come in and you just know they’re having a bad day and nothing anyone says helps.  I just take a deep breath and remember it is about them, not me, and I try to make their day better.
WHBC: That’s a cool perspective!  Is being the cocktail waitress your favorite?
R: I don’t have a favorite.  I love cocktailing because it’s super challenging, especially on Friday nights.  I know I’ll get my ass kicked, but it’s rewarding haha!  I like working the dining room too, though, because it’s more laid back.  And that’s probably better for my psyche!
WHBC: I agree balance is so important!  Speaking of…you are getting your yoga certification too, right?
R: I am!  I’m doing my 200 hour certification with Sarah.  I’m like her assistant; she’s taught me so much!  I feel like I’ve really found “my thing” with yoga.  We plan on having classes and teacher trainings when we get everything up and going.  We’ll call it Amor and Gratia, which means love and gratitude, and create videos and devotionals.  I like yoga because it’s not a competition, it’s a practice.  You get out what you put in.  You can burn out everything that’s been blocking your energy flow.  I think learning mindfulness has helped me at my job here too because I realize that everyone is dealing with something and it’s my job to give them a great hour and a half while they’re here.
WHBC: That’s great that you’ve found what you love!
R: There are so many things I have in mind!  I want to take my ADHD and use it for good haha!  I’m going back to school for business, I want to have a clothing line, I plan to be a young female Steve Jobs 🙂
WHBC: Good for you – that’s incredible!  Is this what you wanted to do when you were a child?
R: I just had this conversation with my brother last week!  We were talking about how all I wanted to do was help people!  I want to show people how to instill their own personal power so they can control themselves and their surroundings. I always wanted to help on a large scale, but didn’t know exactly how.  Yoga is a great way to do that, though.  Seeing my brother in downward dog was hilarious, but if I can get him practicing and getting better, that’s amazing!
WHBC: So, basically, peaceful world domination?
R: Haha.  Yes!  I would love to be a travel blogger too.
WHBC: Yes!  I love seeing all your travel adventures!  You seemed to have a quest this summer to find the best waterfalls in VA.
R: That’s pretty much what I was doing!  There are so many beautiful places in our state.  You can drive 2 hours and be somewhere great to hike.  All you need is some music and good friends to make it fun.  My mom lives in Colorado, so I went there also, and of course the mountains were beautiful!
WHBC: So what’s next on your travel calendar?  If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
R: Oh wow, there are so many places I’ve looked at! {breaks out phone to look at screenshots}  I don’t know if I could pick!  I guess I want to conquer the US first.  I’ll go to California on a visit with my mom; the Redwoods would be awesome.  Oregon, Washington, the Pacific Northwest, Jasper National Park in Canada.  I have a friend in Minnesota, so I can go visit there and head over the Canadian border.  If I have transportation and time, I’m gone!  Love to travel, but I’m a home base person.  My roots are still here, but I trust God and trust what I’m doing and know all will work out!
WHBC: You have a great travel companion; the cutest dog on Instagram.  Tell me about him.
R: His name is Floyd.  Floyd the Golden.  He’s 7 months old and goes on my adventures with me.  He loves still water, but not waves yet. Like most people, he’s capable of so much more than he thinks he is.  I baby him, but I make him try new things that he ends up liking.
WHBC: He seems like a cool dog!  We almost got our dog, Desi, to get into the water a couple weeks ago.  But she never got all the way in!  So last question…if you had any words of wisdom for your younger self, what would they be?
R: Don’t waste your time worrying that you’re not like everyone else.  Embrace YOU because there is no other like you.  You shine the brightest when you love everything you are.  Realize you are the one taking yourself places and no one else.  Oh and boys are stupid – be your own lover and best friend – be a strong woman.  Trust in the journey; you will crash and burn, but it’s all necessary to building to you will become.
WHBC: {And that’s when I realized when I grow up, I’d like to think like Rachel!}

Here’s what a few of Rachel’s coworkers had to say about her:

Joe: “She’s fun to work with and always has a positive attitude and really tries to be nice to everybody!”
Sarah: “She has a radiant glow to her. She can start a conversation with anyone. Absolutely the best!”
Malachi: “Rachel is s fun person to be around she’s such an uplighting person , if you are having a stressful day somehow she will change your mood in seconds to make the work day better!”
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