I was raised by a loving, strong, independent, resilient BADASS that taught me many valuable life lessons. One that holds weight in every decision I make and that is to make differences by giving to others.
Life is a roller coaster of excitement, pain, curiosity, fear, adventure, love and...so much more. It is in those moments that life becomes valuable.
Through many personal struggles, I was reminded that I am blessed with more than I can ask for. Sadly, more than others have. It was in those struggles that I realized; PAIN IS INEVITABLE, SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL! Instead of focusing my time, energy and efforts in what I did (or do) not have, I applied it to pushing forward all the while helping others. Like my mom had taught me so long ago.
From feeding the homeless on Skid Row, mentoring adolescents (and sometimes adults), volunteering and donating, I vowed to HELP anywhere and anyone I could.
I want to continue paving the way as an active duty military member, sister, daughter, MOMMY, and person. And I am choosing to do that by defying my own weaknesses in different ways. Running a marathon was a personal goal that I set three years ago. After completing two, I am striving to meet a new goal. And that is to run in support of the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund.