“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”
– Michelle Obama
I was raised by a single parent who was a member of the United States Army. This took me to many places around the world and sparked a love of learning. My mom often told me that I could do anything if I was willing to work hard to achieve it, and I knew that I wanted to go to college. When my mom prepared to retire from the Army, I begged her to move to Utah so I could attend the University of Utah. We moved to Utah, but the plan I had for myself didn’t go as anticipated, yet I still dreamed of being the first person in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Seven years ago, I learned about the foster care program and decided to become a foster parent for the state of Utah. Little did I know how this decision would change my life. This calling brought eight children into my home and exposed me to their stories. The stories of these children and their families are what lead me towards the path of completing my education.
Life doesn’t always go as planned; but today; one year later than originally planned; and almost 30 years after making the decision that I wanted to attend the University of Utah, I get to walk at graduation for my bachelor’s degree. We do not find success by ourselves, I succeeded with the help of my mother and my daughters. I succeed because of the experiences I’ve had in my life. If this 43-year-old single mom can do it, so can you! Go out and get your dreams!
These amazing pictures were taken by Lexi at Digitally Engraved.