“From my mother, I learned the value of prayer. How to have dreams and believe I could make them come true. I was raised to believe that God has a plan for everyone, and that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan. My mother told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God’s plan...even the most disheartening setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best. If something went wrong, she said, you didn't let it get you down: you stepped away from it, stepped over it, and moved on."