The MONTHLY Smile
CHANCE AND OPPORTUNITY How I Came to Call Lake Oconee Dentistry Home E very Christmas, my mother-in-law puts scratch tickets in both my stocking and my husband’s. Although I would never consider myself lucky, I tend to win a couple maintained good grades through high school and plan to continue their education in Georgia.
dollars from the tickets each year. It’s fun to play the scratch games with my husband, but it is also encouraging to know that the money used to buy scratch tickets funds the Georgia Hope Scholarship, which is awarded to students who
I’ve never been the person to win lottery-based drawings or concert tickets on the radio, so I consider myself on the fence when it comes to the existence of luck. Thinking back on my own experiences, I would say I tend to believe more in opportunity. When something lucky happens to me, it’s typically because I worked for it. One of the best examples of luck meeting opportunity in my life is when Jep and I decided to move to Greensboro. When I was still in dental school in Kentucky, Jep was living in Georgia. At the time, he was overseeing the building of Saint Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital out here in Greensboro, and so, our marriage had
“Thinking back on my own experiences, I would say I tend to believe more in opportunity. When something lucky happens to me, it’s typically because I worked for it.”
to be long distance. We had been talking about where we wanted to settle down once I got a job, and the only thing we knew is that we didn’t want to live in our hometowns. Jep told me he really enjoyed the area surrounding Lake Oconee. He wanted me to come visit and see if I liked it as well. The first time I visited Jep was around Thanksgiving. Even though Jep assured me that I would enjoy myself, I was nervous about seeing the area. When I finally got in, it was midnight and completely dark, so I didn’t see anything initially. The next day, though, Jep took me all around; and I had to admit, it was gorgeous. After that first visit, I knew I wanted to go back.
After multiple visits and conversations with Jep, I decided that I could live and work in Greensboro, so I started to talk more
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