For almost 30 years, I've worked as a professional writer, editor, and researcher. Until 2016, I was also a lifelong Republican, but the Presidential election made me question everything about why I believed what I believed. I slowly realized that while my beliefs were still based on my faith as a Christian, they were no longer just based on things I had blindly accepted as truth. I am pro-life, not just pro-birth. I believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect despite race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. We are called to care for the Earth and each other. Personal freedoms should not outweigh loving others. Freedom comes with responsibility. Beyond politics, I am a proud military spouse, busy mother of two teenagers, and an avid animal advocate.