Hallie was born and raised in Tifton, GA, also known as the Reading Capital of the World. As a child she was constantly on the move, constantly curious, constantly learning and growing. She spent much of her time chasing her passion for dance. Committed parents in tow she was at dance practice most days of the weeks and competitions when she wasn’t practicing. But while dancing was her passion, learning and academics was her mission. She excelled at just about everything she did in school. Summers off from school were not spent lounging around but rather at academic camps in New York state. She was never satisfied with maintaining the status quo…she knew there was so much more out there to see and learn. I joke that Hallie’s father probably had to add extra support to her bedroom walls to maintain the weight of all her plaques and trophies.
Her “mission” still continues to this day as she’s plowed through the academic levels at Georgia Tech and Emory with honors, and is currently working on her PhD back at Georgia Tech. But one of the many unique traits of Hallie is she knows academics is not the end-all, be-all focus in life. She still follows her passion for dance with regular dance classes, and has discovered a new passion in the form of cooking and baking. She makes time for friends and family…or simply decompressing on the couch. Simply put, she knows how to maintain balance and happiness…which is a rare trait in just about anyone.
Her friendships and relationships are of the utmost importance to Hallie. She is fiercely close and selfless with her family, and a friend to Hallie is pretty much a friend for life. She’s always available as a moral compass or sounding boards to her girlfriends, or even someone she’s just met. There are many times she’s stayed up late into the night baking a cake or pie for someone’s birthday or just some random event. Admittedly she likes show off her skills, but primarily she does things like that to share the joy and happiness she feels with others.
I consider myself the luckiest man in the world to have found a woman like Hallie who is intelligent, driven, balanced…and can cook to boot.