My friends say I'm smart, funny and beautiful. Hence, that's why they're my friends. I've had many changes in my life recently. Some good, some not so good. I try to focus on the mantra every ending is the chance for a beginning. And I believe I'm learning more about myself and what's important to me with every day that passes. I focus on the fact that the sun will rise tomorrow, and I try to make that day better than the one before. The older I get, the more the saying "tomorrow isn't guaranteed for anyone" becomes more apparent. That's why I want everyday to have some smiles, even if sometimes they come between my tears. I'm a mom. a daughter,a friend and an employee. I take all the roles in my life very seriously and I try to play the parts the best I can every day. I'm now an empty nester. Both kids at the U of I. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life.