I’m a 38-year-old single mother of an amazing son. In the past, I procrastinated and whittled my expectations of myself lower and lower. I was good at rationalizing how to be satisfied with second-rate results in life. I was active in addiction and made many poor choices which led to my incarceration. My instinct for self-preservation and survival was all I knew. Today, however, with the help of my Higher Power, I have the ability to maintain my equilibrium in the face of life’s challenges. God has restored and strengthened me through faith. If I continue to humble myself, show gratitude and keep a willingness to learn and grow, the God of my understanding will bless me abundantly. I have a completely new life these days in jail, far exceeding expectations I’ve dared to imagine. For this, I am thankful.