My life wasn't always this wonderful. In fact, it was pretty bad at points. Just a quick timeline of my crazy life: at 17 years old my father passed away. Being extremely close to him, it really shattered my whole world. So much so, I actually went from Vice President of my senior class, with a 4.25 GPA, and even Prom Queen, to literally homeless, doing drugs, and in and out of multiple rehabs and hospitals; I eventually wound up getting arrested with some serious charges. At 21 years old, I found myself sitting in jail for 3 months, in solitary confinement 24/7, and... pregnant! That was the moment I decided to turn things around. Unfortunately it took a couple attempts at sobriety and normalcy;
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Before: Me on graduation day.
After: My mugshot
But I can honestly say that today I am in the best place of my life!
I tell you all this, one, so you can genuinely get to know me, and two, so all of the crap I went through was hopefully worth some greater purpose. It's been five years since my first arrest and I am finally in the clear, legally, physically and emotionally. If you do the math I should have a 5 year old, but I don't. It is hard for me to be so open and vulnerable about this but if I want to honestly share my story, I don't want to sugarcoat things or make it seem like my life is something that it's not.
Today I am with the man I love, raising a one year old girl with all the love in my heart. I look back at those dark days and wonder how I got through it; But I did, and I'm here, on the other side. It hasn't been easy, and I still have my struggles, but the life I live now is worth any pain of the past.
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