When we first started with [the RAISE program], I just had no confidence at all. I was still really hurting from the way that my last job ended and feeling very sorry for myself -- and also feeling like I really am too old to do anything. No focus. Couldn't figure out where I wanted to go or if anybody was going to let me go there.
So that's where I started out. And going through [the program], one of the things that was so great for me was when I was talking about all the kids stuff that I wanted to do -- starting the festival and doing a book giveaway -- that made my heart really flutter, and it'd been a long time since I had something that made my heart flutter.