Deborah Rafii Essner

Deborah Rafii Essner grew up on a quiet street in suburban Southern California, where her childhood summers were spent picking ripe peaches and plums from behind her bedroom window and making an annual supply of homemade fruit leather with her mother. Her parents gave her two key pieces of advice when she left home for college: 1.) Keep a spare $20 bill in the crevices of your wallet and 2.) Sleep with a baseball bat within an arm’s length of your bed. She still does both.

According to Deborah, it’s never too late to rewrite your story.