Our upbringing and its impact on our adult lives

There are so many factors that affect how our lives turn out, but one of the most interesting is how our backgrounds give us unique strengths and perspectives that affect who we are as adults. We asked rising stars from the community to tell us about their background and upbringing and how they feel it’s impacted who they are today.

Makayla Lynn | Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I am originally from upstate New York, but moved to North Carolina with my family after 9/11, when the company my dad worked for had to shut down because of the attack. Read more>>

Kisha Guevara | Digital Artist & Behavioral Health Advocate

My husband and I are both from a small town in Arizona and currently reside in Florida. My mother’s side of the family is half German and Native American, my father’s side is half Mexican and Chinese. Therefore, I do believe my background and upbringing has truly impacted who I am today. Read more>>

Sue Mooney | Professional Artist

It is Sue’s passions in life that led the way to her art. Sue’s colorful artwork started as a way to communicate both the joy and intensity her professional life brought her. Sue worked for years in social services as a strong advocate for both profoundly developmentally disabled clients and HIV/AIDS clients. Read more>>

Lexi Metzger | Marketing Leader

I was born and raised in Fort Collins, CO and am blessed to still live near my family. Growing up, family was everything to me. My siblings were my best friends and our family was extremely close-knit. Read more>>

Samantha Hutchinson-Ouranos Hutchinson-Ouranos | Illustrator/Artist

I’m from Monterrey, Mexico. Because of this I’m a bilingual artist. It gives me an insight to different cultures, language, information and content. Read more>>

Jennifer Froelich | Author

I was born in Phoenix, but we moved to Albuquerque six months later. And then we just kept on moving. We kept to the western U.S., adding Idaho, Washington, California and Texas to the list. Read more>>

Ashlee Lewis | My Identity and I how I found my purpose

I always knew that I would go into human service and activism because I believe that my life’s purpose is to alleviate human suffering. My life has taught me that there are many parts of human suffering that we have no control over, then there is human suffering within our power to change, such as oppression. Read more>>

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