Individual Skill Development and Enhancement
I lived with my parents and my two younger brothers in a small town in Southeast Minnesota. We spent a lot of time together as a family and were fortunate enough to go on many family trips together. This instilled in me a love for travel at a young age. Our family dynamic quickly changed when my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer when I was 14 years old. She fought with all her might, but tragically lost the battle two years later and passed away. I was 16 years old, and while my father and brothers were at her side as she took her last breath, I wasn’t. I was out with my friends that night and got home 15 minutes past my curfew. In those 15 minutes, the most heartbreaking thing to ever happen took place, and I wasn’t there. To say that I was angry at myself, at God, and the whole situation, is an understatement. I took this out in unhealthy ways. I started partying, doing drugs, and skipping school. Two weeks after graduating High School, I found out that I was pregnant. The overwhelming fear I had of bringing life into this world at the young age of 18 terrified me. 9 months later, I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl. Looking down at her sweet face, I promised to be the best mother I could be. My partying and unhealthy ways were put behind me and she became my number one priority.
Seven years later I faced adversity again when I became a 26-year-old single mom of 2 young children. I felt like I had failed my girls, my family, and myself. It took me some time, but I with the help of my very supportive family and close friends, I found my way out of the darkness again. I also find that I am at the most peace when I am outdoors. I enjoy hiking, walking, biking, and exploring new areas.
Throughout the last several years, I have grown immensely. I married the love of my life and gained a beautiful stepdaughter. I’ve continued my love of travel and have been blessed to go on many trips. I started a new career 2 ½ years ago in a school district where I work directly with students, many of whom face some very difficult challenges. I consider it an honor and privilege to build relationships with others who may need a caring person to listen and relate to them. Going through the challenges I did, I know first-hand how important it is to have people in your life that have your back and are willing to walk the trying roads with you.
This individual is an Independent Contractor through Well Built Humans.