At this point in my life I often reflect on where I am and the impact I am making on those that depend on me. I am a 31 and a mother of three. I grew up in a house consumed with addiction and abuse. Try as I might, I too, traveled down the road of addiction and abuse. My 20s were consumed with trying to find love and trying to feel ok, when really I was just giving myself away little by little. My 30's, I have taken back my own power and boundaries and now I worry about my children and how to stop that cycle. I make it a point for them to know important issues especially addiction and mental illness, and that their feelings do matter. I hope to teach them about self expression and acceptance so as they will have an easier time on their life's journey.