Young people today face decisions that will affect their entire lives. But too often, they don’t make the best decisions, give up on their goals and dreams, or simply don’t live up to their potential.
I know this, because I made some poor choices, faced enormous challenges, and nearly gave up on my dreams.
As a rape survivor, then a teen mom trying to balance single parenthood with a full-time job and being a full-time student, I often felt overwhelmed, hopeless, and confused. I experienced bullying at school and was haunted by suicidal thoughts. Few people expected me to go to college, build a successful career, attain a leadership position at a multinational corporation, or become an award-winning author. And yet I did.