I came into motherhood the way many would look down upon. I was a 5-time statistic, confirming that my child and I were doomed. A teen mother, from the inner-city, who dropped out of school and turned to state funding for support, not to mention a victim of domestic abuse. And while almost everyone I encountered saw this as the beginning of the end, I somehow managed to use the odds and the voices of the naysayers to overcome what many saw as a young life wasted. Here, I’ll share my journey of how I defied the odds, obtained a college degree, married, had more children and a successful career all while managing the mix ups of motherhood. My hope is that together our stories, concerns and small wins, will encourage other mothers all over the world to find comfort in knowing there’s no such thing as being the perfect mother. The title only means, at some point we’re all mixed up, but with a little faith and encouragement, we always come out on top.