My Story

Welcome, I’m so happy you’re here.

Life is a journey, and I’m here to make the most of it.

Hi, I am Mary! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and moved to a small town in East Texas when I was three. My parents decided to plant their roots with the nearing of my dad’s military retirement, and I was raised in this little town called Nacogdoches.

I joined the Air Force right after graduating from high school. At the time, I wasn’t ready for college, and I felt a calling to do more, which led me to an 8-year enlistment as an aerial gunner on the AC-130U.  I spent this time at beautiful Hurlburt Field, Florida! During those 8 years , I deployed 4 times, and eventually took on the role of an instructor aerial gunner.

At the end of my service with the Air Force, I was enrolled in nursing school and became pregnant with my daughter. It was time to say goodbye to the military and focus on my new role as a mom and the new career path I set out on.

I started working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) around the same time, my daughter turned one. The work involved was intensive, and it took a huge toll on my heart as a new mom. I loved my time there, but I needed to find a career that aligned with family and work, which led me to look for a new career path within nursing.

I was incredibly lucky to find a new job in medical aesthetics, which is my passion. There is something meaningful about being a part of someone’s journey to feeling beautiful.

I spent the last three years of my nursing career in aesthetics, and I’m finishing my master’s degree for family nurse practitioner.

And I just couldn’t help but feel that calling to do more in the back of my mind, which led me to the creation of this website. I want to celebrate the men and women that do the most. The people who make up the community, the ones who have been there and the ones who we couldn’t do it without.

So, I’m here to share them.

-Mary