I am a 27 year old from Minnesota. I was adopted from birth; the product of an addict father and a young mother living in poverty. My birth mom made the selfless choice to adopt me out to try and give me a better life. I was raised by an incredible mom and dad; but sadly my mom passed away when I was 14. Despite my parents best efforts, I wound up falling prey to the disease of addiction myself. By 19 years old I started getting my feet wet in recovery; but it didn’t stick until 2015. In the end of October of that year I was over it all; life as an addict was too much for me and I attempted to take my own life. I nearly succeeded; and I thank god every day for, what I call, my best failure. I have spent every day since then fighting to better my life. I have, by the grace of God, been sober since October 23rd, 2015. My mental health has never been better. I have found recovery from eating disorders and self harm as well as addiction and alcoholism. I am proud to be a student at Palm Beach State College working towards a Bachelors of Education. I am nearly halfway to becoming a middle school english/language arts teacher. I live a life full of gratitude today. All of my dreams, and then some, are coming true. I said yes to the love of my life, managed to get a lease for my own place, and adopted two massive house cats within the past year alone. Life is so beautiful, I can’t believe how far I have come and I can not WAIT to see where my life will go. I look forward to inspiring my future students to love and embrace life and their education. Until then, I plan to just continue to live my life as I have been… one day at a time.