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First, I have to give credit where credit is due.  I respect and regularly read Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell's work.

He recently posted a column titled, "Who I Am. What I Believe."  It was a completely transparent look into his personal life.  It was vulnerable and raw and I wish more public figures took his lead. It was just so 'matter of fact', so 'this is me'.

He didn't HAVE to do it, but he did.  It was especially inspiring considering how incredibly negative and hateful people have become on the internet. 

So, I decided to go ahead and follow in his footsteps, essentially copying his column with my own answers.  It's simple, straight-forward and raw.

I am 31 years old.  I'm a Capricorn.

I was born in Altamonte Springs and raised in Longwood.

I went to Woodlands Elementary, Rock Lake Middle and Lake Mary High.

I got my Associate's from UCF and my Bachelor's from the University of Florida with a major in Telecommunication-News.

I got a score of 1160 on my SAT.  I am still disappointed about that.

I am a registered voter and have been since I was 18. I am a democrat.  I voted for John Kerry, and twice for Barack Obama.  I vote in every single election, even local ones.

I am a feminist:  That does not mean I hate men or burn bras.  It does mean I believe in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes.  That does not mean I don't expect a man to pay on a date. 

I am 5'9" tall and weigh 160 pounds.  No matter how many people tell me I'm beautiful, I will probably never fully believe it. 

Even when I weighed 130 pounds, I still had 'just 5 more pounds to go'.

I am the youngest of 4.  I have a brother and two sisters. It's probably not healthy how close we are.

I was raised by a single Mother.  She is a Spanish professor at Seminole State College.

I am bilingual.  My Spanish is a broken-spanglish-version of the real thing, but there aren't many conversations I can't keep up with and chime in on.

My baby girl's name is Norah and she's almost 9 months old.  She will go to public schools. 

We have a nanny in our home Monday through Friday who only speaks Spanish.  I consider her one of the biggest blessings of my life. 

I married my husband in 2010. I still wonder what I did to deserve him.

I will probably have one more child in the next few years.  I'm already afraid I won't love the second one as much as the first.

I am a perfectionist, to a fault.  I expect those around me to be perfect too.  It's an issue.  No one is more critical of me than I am. 

I've been clinically depressed to the point of needing medication.  3 times.

I've been in and out of therapy since my parents divorced when I was 7.  Most recently, I went for post-partum depression.

I believe I am one of very few people who do what they love.  I love my job.

I love gossip and no matter how hard I've tried and want to, I can't stop.

I drink. I occassionally smoke cigarettes.  Never around the baby.

I experimented with drugs in Middle and High School.  I did most things before most people. 

Traumatic events caused me to grow up very quickly at a very young age.  12 is the year I remember truly being forced to 'grow up'.

I have two dogs, although if Mike would let me, I'd give both of them to family members who want them. 

I am loyal. I would probably do unspeakable things for someone I love and trust. 

There are very few people I truly love and trust.

I am vain.  A small compliment goes a long way with me.

I hate fighting.  It breaks me down.

I rent.

I am looking for a house, but I'm afraid to pull the trigger because I have a contract negotiation coming up.  I hate the idea of being tied down in this way.

I am not scared of getting old.  I'm more scared of looking old.  I plan on getting soon as possible.  Mike would never let it get out of hand.

I am not afraid of death. I have no phobias.

I believe in a God.  I know He exists, I'm just not sure about which back story I believe just yet.

I'm a confirmed Catholic and I go to Church...most Sundays. 

I think it's important that my children are raised in Church too and they'll also be confirmed.

I believe education is the single most important thing in life and the one thing no one can take from you. 

Family is a close second.