As you walk your path in life and look back, it’s amazing how many things ended up differently than you ever thought they would. Never in a million years was it being a Project Manager on a list of my goals in life but it happened. There were so many challenges  in that position, and I grew professionally as well as personally because of it. I now sit in a corporate position as a Regional Operations Manager, and I have the knowledge of the struggles of those at the sites along with those at the corporate office. I’ve learned that everyone’s perspective is unique to them and just because it is not the same as your perspective, doesn’t make it wrong or right. It’s just different, and we’re all entitled to our own thoughts and feelings.

From the time I found out I was pregnant when I was eighteen, I was bound and determined to finish college. It was a wake up call for me. This little person growing inside me didn’t choose to come into this world, and I was going to do everything I could to become the best mom I could be. That came with so many sacrifices that he doesn’t understand to this day, but … one day he will. I fought my way through school, fought my way to better jobs, and now I’m in a position I never dreamed I’d be in. I can provide for my family, and I get to take them to places some people live their entire lives hoping they get to see.

Now at the ripe old age of thirty-five, I am chasing the dream that I’ve held close to my heart since I was a child. At the end of it all, even if I fail, the most important thing is that I tried. Everything is impossible if you never take that first step. I’m going to live my life to the fullest. I am going to show my boys that it’s ok to pursue your dreams – no matter how crazy some people think you are. Life is about creating moments, cherishing your memories, and pursuing your dreams. Never stop treading through the weeds and the forests creating your own path in life.


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