When I was younger, my mom would take us to the library every week to visit my aunt. Marsha had the best job in the world as a professional storyteller. We would listen to her read books and tell stories with a collection of gorgeous puppets. I was enamored with the art of storytelling and wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Today, I share stories of people who have overcome hard things in their lives. Some have fought cancer. There are others who fight depression. A few have survived abuse that is too horrific to describe. These are survivors who need to have their story told. They believe that they are just ordinary people. I believe that they are heroes with stories that beg to be shared. There is a quote from "Hunger Games" that has always struck me.

“The only thing stronger than fear is hope.”

I want to share these stories of hope with you to give you support to get through your trials too. You are not alone. We are all in this together. Rise Above Life is about pulling us all together to support and encourage through sharing our stories with each other. Encourage each other in the comments and share stories with those who need them. Together, we can rise above the tough spots in life.