1.  My 20 year old self.  I had just graduated from college and the world was mine for the taking.  I was an over achiever, very confident, and filled with hopes and dreams.  Then life happened.  I often wanted to have her back so I could be who I was before the world told me who I should be.  I’ve slowly made my way back.  An improved, more refined, version if myself.                                                              2.  My mother.  She is an amazing woman who instilled virtuous values in me.  She taught me to be a hard worker, a good mother, a trustworthy friend and loyal, and always a respectable lady.                                           3.  My daddy.  He taught me how to take chances and not let anyone stand in the way of my dreams.               4.  My daughter.  We were fearful at the end if my pregnancy because the dr misread two test.  They had prepared us for the worst.  She was born perfect.  However, we lost our second baby and I could not have anymore due to my illness.  She’s been through a lot, as a result of my decision to make things work and then as a result of her decisions.  She has moved her life in a different direction and has made some major changes.  She is so strong as she has a full plate and does it all with the heart of a champion.  I get a lot of my strength from her.                                     5.  My 2 brothers.  They are perfect examples of what I need to find in a man.  The hard part us actually finding that.  Lol.                                                       6.  My cousin Janinne.  She’s suffered with an extreme case of Rheumatoid Arthritis all of her adult life.  She fought through it and became an attorney.  On those days when my pain is unbearable I think about her and get moving.                                            7.  My Paternal grandmother.  She was uneducated but oh so wise.  She raised 6 children alone after my grandfather committed suicide when my daddy was 11.  She raised small animals and had a garden in her back yard.  There was no inside plumbing so she had to pump water from her well and had an outhouse.  In the middle of the city.  She was so loving and giving.  She would give us fruits for Christmas and I would walk to her house on my birthday to bring her a piece of cake and collect my quarter.  I get my creative gene from her as well as my survival skills.                                   8.  My Goddaughter!  Her 15 Year old son collapsed on the basketball court 2 1/2 years ago.  He died a few hours later.  Complications from an enlarged heart that we never knew about.  She has turned her tragedy into a movement.  She is responsible for  having defibrillators placed in all the parks in the city and surrounding areas. She is my SHERO. 9. My Mary Kay Director Dana Davis Armstead. She has an amazing story of working hard to make her dreams come true.  She is a woman after God’s own heart and lives her life to help other women realize their dreams. 10. You Portia. I’ve been wanting to start blogging but let fear keep me from doing so. Being a guest blogger has given me the confidence I need to start. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this experience.