This is an inspirational blog for anyone seeking to live their best life. None of us are perfect or come from perfect backgrounds, but this doesn’t mean we can’t aim for a positive and fulfilling life. The life we all deserve.
I grew up in a dysfunctional home and overcame many odds to be where I am today. Additionally, I was a single mother at 21 years old. I struggled to graduate with my bachelor’s degree with little help or guidance, but it made all the difference in my life. Therefore, I have a passion for guiding those who have a dream of attending college.
I have worked in the area of pediatrics as a nurse since 2001. My background is primarily Pediatric Intensive Care. I was recently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas teaching growth and development, nutrition, and pediatric clinicals, but opted to work part-time to allow me more time for my family and writing (including this blog). I’ve taught nursing students at the college level for over ten years.
I’m currently married with four lovely children (2 boys and 2 girls). The road to where I’m at wasn’t easy. I’m a survivor and a fighter creating my future despite my past.
Through my personal experiences as well as what I’ve learned working in the pediatric setting, I’ve developed a passion for Young Adult storytelling. I love the YA years because it is an exciting time in one’s life when one begins to ask big questions and find answers. I grew up reading C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl to escape from my home life. I hope to make even of a fraction of an impact these two authors have made through their words.
When I’m not writing, I’m is running or exercising, adding content to my other website www.healthykidsplay.com, or being a taxi driver for my kiddos in Las Vegas, NV. Balance is key in life.
My younger son, Jy, suffered from encephalitis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome post the flu mist at the end of 2015. He was in a coma for about three weeks and quadriplegic. He had to learn how to talk, walk, eat, go to the bathroom, etc. all over again. He continues to heal and is a constant inspiration to me. I talk about him often in my posts. I hope he inspires you too.
Initials I have accumulated:
- BSN- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MSN/PNP- Masters of Science in Nursing, Specialty: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner / Clinical-Nurse Specialist in primary, acute, and chronic care, Stony Brook State University of New York,
- PhD- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing: Sustainable Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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