Princess Wilson grew up in San Bernardino and moved to the High Desert in 2005. During high school, she worked in her parents' restaurant and club in downtown San Bernardino as a booking manager. After high school, she started her own event promotions business. She received an English degree from University of California, Los Angeles and is currently finishing her master's degree. She also contributes to the Hesperia Star regularly as an intern.



Q: What do people not know about your job?


A: My amount of work and close attention to detail that goes into every article. Everything from researching and fact checking to interviewing, writing and editing, and getting photos needed for a couple of inches in the newspaper.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: Interviewing and talking to people. I enjoy the many conversations I've had with Hesperia residents while at the Hesperia Star.



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: I would like to start a foundation to help homeless families someday. I have been a volunteer for the homeless children at the Salvation Army since 2000. Because of my experiences over the past decade I want to do more to help. A foundation seems like the next step.



Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?


A: I started my own promotions business as a teenager. About three months after my 18th birthday, I produced my own all-day concert at a stadium. Looking back now, I'm surprised to see how disciplined and determined I was at such an early age.



Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?


A: Living abroad with my family. I love to travel, so living a brief time abroad would be nice.



Q: What makes you tick?


A: My passion for life and love for a little adventure. My family has always been very supportive of all my little adventures. My parents have always encouraged me to pursue my goals and follow my dreams, even when I decided to start my business instead of going straight to college after high school.



Q: What's the source of your values?


A: My family and faith are my rock.



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: My mother inspires me every single day. I admire her strength and loving heart. Though we don't always agree, we are alike in many ways.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: "An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." Orlando A. Battista



Q: Tell us about your belief system.


A: I was raised Roman Catholic. My faith is very important to me.



Q: What motivates you?


A: I enjoy a challenge. Like they say, if it comes easy, it's probably not worth having.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: Enjoying life and never settling for second best. I think life's too short to not enjoy your favorites. Also, it's important to not sweat the small stuff.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: My education, I have a degree from UCLA. When I was studying abroad, I was pleased and surprised to hear that Londoners knew of my school. Some of my best memories are from my times in college.



Q: What book had a significant impact on you?


A: "Songs of Innocence and Experience," by William Blake. While in London, I had the privilege of viewing a special collection from William Blake at the British Museum. Having participated in such a rare pleasure was amazing. Seeing actual works from an the author I have been studying and reading in books over the last few years as an English major was a real treat to say the least.



Q: What are five things you can't live without?


A: In no particular order: my family, my faith, coffee, music and spicy food.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: Enjoy your youth and reach for the stars. The younger generation always seems to be in a hurry or, worse, glued to their cell phones barely looking up to admire the view. My niece will be entering college next year and she can't wait. She recently remarked, "I wish I was in college already," to which I replied, "Wish for lots of things but never for time to pass quickly. Enjoy what you have now."



Q: What is your passion?


A: I love to learn and like to stay active. I find myself the happiest when I am writing or helping others. Perhaps that's why I enjoy journalism so much.



Q: What do you do in your free time?


A: Shop! Or reading and listening to music.



Q: What's your favorite movie and why?


A: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." I could never get tired of watching it. It's one of the best comedies with a great message.



Q: Tell us about a special vacation.


A: After I finished my studies in London, my parents came to visit me. One morning we went out to Stone Hedge. We got there just as they had opened. I was fumbling with the audio device for the tour when the sun hit my face forcing me to look up. It was then that I noticed the sun peeking through the stones creating a majestic reflection of lights. I will never forget it.



Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?


A: Good health for everyone, and an end to hunger and homelessness.



Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?


A: Ice cream need I say more?



Q: Tell us about your first car.


A: A 1972 Camaro.



Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?


A: As a Bruin, I was a season ticket holder for the football team. I still watch the games on occasion. Go Bruins!



Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.


A: Writing the story of Patches, the homeless cat from the plaza who got a home.



Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.


A: The Salvation Army, because they were the only ones to help my grandfather come home to see his dying grandmother while he was away fighting in WWII. I have been a volunteer for more than 10 years. Assisting with parties and various events over the years, I think I get more then I give. I am still brought to tears. No child should be homeless.



Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?


A: Corral Family Restaurant.



Q: What new businesses would you like to see come to Hesperia?


A: A Nordstrom or Saks Fifth Avenue.



Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.


A: I listen to all sorts of music. I have everything from Luciano Pavarotti to NIN on my iPod.



Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?


A: I'd like to thank my family and friends for all their love and support in my education and adventures. Especially my mom; I hope I make you proud because I am proud to be your


daughter.


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