I consider myself to be many things. I’m a mother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, teacher, and friend; I’m what some may call- your everyday, ordinary girl next door. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music, hiking, photography, and so much more.

I love sunsets, the mountains && beach, sweet tea & lemonade! Thunderstorms and gardening are my favorite! My passion is teaching and working with children.

I am a free spirit, but- a sensitive soul. When I love, I love hard- with all that I have. I am, for the first time in my life, learning to love myself; I am beautiful, intelligent, and strong. I am quiet, yet- perceptive.

My happiness used to be defined by the love and acceptance I received from others. I’ve reached a crossroad in my life now, and I am changing my way of thinking.

I am courageous, brave, and I am enough. From this day forward, I will break free from the chains that have bound me for nearly thirty years. Because after all, we all deserve peace.

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t born strong. I was made strong by the circumstances, situations and events that made me find my strength.

It didn’t happen overnight either. It’s taken several years, and will probably be a lifelong process considering the trauma that has deeply impacted my life.

However, I found my faith and am on my journey to freedom. I chose to take the road less traveled.

As the saying goes, “You never know how strong you really are, until being strong is the only choice that you have left.”

I am a survivor of domestic violence.