B. Zhan is a born and bred Southern Belle — sweet tea runs through her veins! She is an human resources professional who loves employee development and process improvement. Her other passions include boba, a golden corgi mix named Cheeto, traveling, food, and collecting shoes and bags.

Embracing Sadness to Find Joy
by B. Zhan*

I WAS 15 years old when I began a relationship with a man 10 years my senior. He was the youth leader at my church.