This is the first attempt by me to track situations and instances in my life that now, at age 46 looking back, made me realize the things and choices I made to get me to where I am today. How I’ve overcome single handedly some of the darkest days I’ve ever had. I am today a hard working, single mother of three daughters, finally in control of my life, choices, self worth and it feels great. I know now I CAN succeed on my own. And in the 3.5 years since I left and divorced my ex of 22 years I have grown into the real me. The woman who is again self confident, sure of herself and independent. A woman who has grown tremendously as a person, woman, mother because of all I have been thru. I am thankful for god for helping me remain strong enough even in the worst times to know I am capable of more and I deserve better.