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.

Taylor Maurer | Content creator

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, surrounded by a family full of women. I think having women in my life that truly enjoyed elevating homemaking really impacted me as a mother today. Read more>>

Chimelle Johnson | Treat Maker

My roots are planted about four hours away. I am from Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia. I grew up in a family centered household and neighborhood. I’m from the era where it took a village to raise a child. I grew up with both of my parents. Read more>>

Tran Bui Smith | Host & Producer, Tran Bui Productions

I was the quiet one; the girl who sat in the back; frightened to use her voice. I just wanted to blend in. But, there was a greater plan. Somehow, I ended up on camera, center stage, leading, guiding and perhaps even inspiring. Read more>>

Dr. T. Ph.D. | The Prodigy of Sport Psychology

I am originally from Seoul, South Korea. I grew up in a military background where being punctual and upholding integrity were of the most important values. I have always tried to keeping my organizational skills and integrating those into an honest, effective system. Read more>>

Charlotte Baker | Inner Healing &Deliverance Minister and Author

I grew up in Columbus, Georgia with my parents and sibling, endured adverse childhood experiences and Lifelong consequences of trauma. Overcoming childhood trauma and living a healthy, victorious life is altogether possible. Read more>>