December 17, 2008 will always stick out in my mind as the starting point of a whole new life. It marks the day that I decided to live again. As a child, I never imagined myself trapped in a loveless marriage, homeless and fighting addiction. I would love to say that I regret the life I had but cannot. Honestly, I would not be the person I am today if not for the wrong decisions, struggles and pain that I experienced. I had finally realized what my purpose is. My goal is to reach out to people who have addictions, those going down the wrong path, and people who have hit a bump in the road needing some direction. I want to show them God’s healing power. In January 2010, I began studies at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. I graduated in 2012 with highest honors. My first two years of college made me more determined to continue my education and excel in all areas of life. I am currently working to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Social Work but my goals do not stop there. I plan to begin work on a master’s degree and then become licensed. There is no obstacle that God will not help me to overcome. I am working toward a better future for myself, my community, and my family by using my experience and education to empower and motivate change in the individual as well as the community.