I wear many hats and have had a life filled with joy and pain, adventure and caution. Through it all, I have learned that good comes out of bad, though I may not see the “good” through the eyes of my pain. I have learned that life is beautiful, in the sunshine and in the rain and that there is always something to be grateful for. I am a mother to two wonderful young men, and the wife of my best friend, the man I spent 30 years following across the United States and in Europe, as he served in the U.S. Air Force. I am an adult who spent most my adulthood in a cocoon of excess weight and through the process of losing 72 pounds, I found “me” and found healing for the many years of abuse from my childhood and teenage years. I am a survivor of abuse, abandonment and neglect and as I shed the pounds, I learned to forgive my abusers. I am an adoptee who was reunited with my birth family after searching for more than 30 years. All of these moments in my life and many more, have molded me into the person I am today. I am still evolving, still shedding the baggage of the past and moving forward to become the person I am meant to be–the best version of me. I am learning that sometimes I just have to take the leap and see where it goes. I need to Just Breathe.