In about one month I will be turning 26 and I can honestly say I am happy with the person I am today. It took a while but I’ve made it to a place where I look in the mirror and love the person smiling back unconditionally. Self-esteem was never a big issue with me outside of the normal insecurities we all go through. I always carried myself with respect and pride, but in my early 20’s I struggled with figuring out who I was in this universe. I knew I couldn’t box myself into a single category because I’ve always been a multilayered person. By 24 I had a clearer understanding of who I was: A woman who enjoys laughing at random things, has a big heart and sometimes gets a tad over emotional, is a protector to my loved ones, loving, Appalachian-raised girl with big ambition, and a lover of life. Fast forward almost two years later and I still believe I am all of those things with the additions of becoming a wife and most importantly mother. I’m a firm believer in change being natural and ongoing. My foundation is set on the aspects that make me who I am but different materials are added here and there to help keep me supported and grounded.