Why oh why do I have something to say!? I guess i’ve always had something to say. As a little girl I used to pretend to be in a courtroom with my cousins. I would pretend that I was a lawyer and the judge. I would win all the cases that came before me in my courtroom. I think I even had a paper towel holder as my gavel. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would respond, “A lawyer because I will win every argument!” Ha! Life will show you something. Living in Detroit, MI. the high school I went to was one of choice, so I had some of the best of schooling. I would graduate and continue my education eventually getting a Bachelor’s Degree from U of M. I received my degree while working in a factory on the assembly line. I was already making money at the age of 22. Some people dreamed of the weekly checks that I would get and we’re not even talking about when I worked overtime what I would bring home. Oh my I was blessed but I was driven to want more, hence getting my degree. With the downsizing of the automotive industry I left the factory believing that my degree would take me to my next level. I believed that I would become a police officer and continue to go to school to get my law degree. I even did my internship at the Attorney General’s Office. I thought I was moving in the right direction…until I was unemployed. That was the beginning of my downward spiral financially, spiritually, and emotionally.

At the age of 29 I was unemployed, losing my home, and had ended a relationship that was not beneficial for my future after being in it for almost ten years. Oh I had A LOT to say then! A lot of questions…But what about that being Driven thing you might ask. Oh I was, and I cried a lot of tears. Tears upon tears as I filled out paperwork losing my home, tears upon tears as I realized the family I thought I was making was ending, tears upon tears as my dreams of becoming a lawyer/judge were slowly fading like a dim light. But yet, there was tomorrow, and another day, and the day after that. There was hope in all of this. I got on my knees and prayed to The Lord to turn it all around. I prayed for His favor on my life and He did, and he does.

Funny, but I got married at the age of 29…long story! I got pregnant and even though I loss my first child at eight months God blessed me six months later with my bouncing baby boy. There is so much in my story but the conclusion is that I never stopped. I was Strictly Driven to not let what I was going through make my bright future unattainable. So why the blog? Why do I have something to say? Because people need to know that although you go through trials that you are not alone. During all these changes I felt alone, and lost but I got up. My momma would tell me, “put on your big girl panties” and I did. I have so much more to say and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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