I was born in Manhattan NY and raised in a small farm-like town in New Jersey very close to the city. However, I am not a city girl! Having free run of the woods and growing up on a lot of land made me the girl I am today. I was always outside running around barefoot, climbing trees, playing in the mud, building ramps with my neighbors so we could perform some crazy stunts on our bikes or skateboards... You would never find me indoors! Well not much has changed.
For being so young, I had an unexplainable interest and attraction to loud muscle cars and big rigs. I would sit in my driveway at dusk and be able to call out the kind of car or truck by just looking at the headlights at 7 years old.
Raised by a strong and fearless Mother who is an artist, educator and author, I can proudly say I have inherited those same traits. My father is German and a Mason by trade along with the rest of my family on his side. I guess that's where the building and fixing things comes into play. I was also raised by my grandfather Knox Martin who is a renowned New York artist. My great grandfather Knox Martin, Sr. was an American pioneer aviator. He served in WWl as a pilot and instructor, was a Boeing test pilot and was the first man to fly over the Andes and created airways and schools in South America. He was instrumental in what would become Avianca Airlines. He also created the first airmail delivery in Colombia. This famous flight is celebrated every 25 years.
As you can see I am the first and only truck driver in the family and I am proud of following my heart and my dreams to make my life more fulfilling, thrilling and exciting!
Everyone asks me why and how I became a truck driver and it all started in 2007. A little late for me but better late than never! But here's the long road to my dream and a few setbacks along the way. One setback was my lead foot in my Mustang GT that I built and raced on and off the track that racked up a few points. Of course needing a clean license was a must, but at the age of 18 and being so so sad that I couldn't get behind the wheel of a truck I later learned that I had to be 21 years old to get a class A CDL anyway, and with my stubborn side, I'm going to do it once and I'm going to do it right and I'm not going for just a class B license.
So in the meantime I worked at a gas station pumping gas, created and sold Christmas decorations, was a babysitter, auto technician, chef's assistant, baker, home remodeler, car saleswoman, homemaker, model, bartender, receptionist, administrative assistant and FINALLY! My calling! My dream! Sitting behind that desk for over a year almost killed me! With not much work to do in that law office as usual since I worked too fast) I read that CDL manual over and over, took my written test on my lunch break, then went for the 13 hours behind the wheel training at a little store front CDL school a block away from the office a few days a week after work. On the first day pulling that 51' trailer my trainer asked me "Have you done this before?!". I feel I was born to do this. I obtained my Class A license and a trucking job in less than 30 days. Today I'm still as happy as the first day I sat in that truck.
Trucking is my passion and modeling is a hobby. Nope I don't have that backwards. The one and only reason I did some modeling gigs was because people told me I should, it definitely wasn't a dream of mine but I'm glad to have been blessed with the option.
Besides trucking, I thrive on an active lifestyle and I have tons of hobbies and interests and I'm always ready to take up more.
I love spending time with family, cooking, photography, trucks, drag racing, boating, gardening, the beach, music! shopping for CHROME, fitness, archery, riding my 4 wheeler, spending a relaxing day at the Spa, shooting, fishing, helping people, beautiful people, lying under the stars, dancing to Johnny Cash while I brush my hair, the smell of fireplaces burning, laughter and so on. The most simple things or actions in life no matter how small they may seem can make me the happiest person in the world.
As you may see there is a lot of depth to me. I am extreme yet simple, random but grounded... I am a very straight forward, honest, tell it like it is never sugar-coat it kinda girl. I am very stubborn, funny, independent and challenge driven. I am always soaking up everything around me, forever learning and evolving. I love to learn and I love to listen. Ambitious may be an understatement for me. Goals, dreams and creative ideas are forever dancing in my head like an 800hp "kitty kat" screaming at 1800 RPMs. I am very positive and optimistic and I believe in "What You Think, You Become".
My number one goal is to continue to reach out to the world on who the Truck Driver really is and to deem the respect we deserve. I want to help be the voice of the Truck Drivers of America and educate all non-CDL drivers our sole purpose for being out here on these roads in wind, ice and snow, night and day, 24/7 risking our lives and being away from our families, especially during the holidays. My goal is to help change the negative image truck drivers have and bring light and understanding to our world out there sharing our roads and highways. Because hey, every day after work I get into my car and drive home. How many of you get into your 18 wheeler and drive to work? It's a different world between a 4 wheeler (as truck drivers call cars) and an 18 wheeler; and it definitely shows why there's so much anger, negativity and road rage out there; there's just a little mystery to us, I know!
Also, along the way I'm going to be giving some nutritional tips and advice for Truck Drivers (everyone can benefit from this as well). It's not easy when we as truck drivers are driving for long hours and are very limited to where we can park and stop to eat. Unfortunately truck stops don't have the healthiest food and that's something I'd like to help change.
As for my personal goals right now; one is to buy my own "King of the Road" and ultimately start a small trucking company. My other goal is to continue to reach the level of physical fitness I'd like to be at and enter the IFBB women's competitions for Bikini, patent two inventions, finish writing my book, learn to speak German and Spanish and continue to represent the trucking industry in a positive way and help others any way I can.
God bless the truckers and their families who risk their lives every day to Keep America Moving! My heart goes out to all of you.