I hope telling the story of how I went from being a single mom to serving in the Texas State Senate to running for governor will remind others that with the right leadership in government, where you start has nothing to do with how far you go.
I was brought up by a single mom in a poor town in Arkansas and while some aspects of small-town life were really positive - like the fact that everyone there is really sweet and hospitable - there is also this close-minded mentality, and that naturally made me want to rebel.
She was a wonderful woman, and she taught me to believe in myself, to work hard, play by the rules.
There is perhaps no more rewarding romance heroine than she who is not expected to find love.
The archetype comes in many disguises - the wallflower, the spinster, the governess, the single mom - but always with one sad claim: Love is not in her cards. I was 19 when I was divorced, and my daughter was a year old, and I waited tables here three to four nights a week for several years while I was trying to support myself and my daughter and the day I got that acceptance at Harvard Law School was an unforgettable day.
For some students, school is the only place where they get a hot meal and a warm hug.
Teachers are sometimes the only ones who tell our children they can go from an Indian reservation to the Ivy League, from the home of a struggling single mom to the White House.
For me, just being how old I am, I know I don't want to be a single mom. But I've also come to terms with not being a mother at all.
I'm actually really good with either direction that my life can take as being a valid experience.
I was always with a single mom, and we never had schedules or anything.
We were just Bohemian, us against the world, which was kind of great, but it certainly didn't breed security.
I've gotten hyper-sensitive to schedules and bath time and eating at the dinner table.
We don't just ' Bohemian' go out at nine o'clock and go get Chinese food.