Lidia Belle was born in the Cape Verde Islands and immigrated to Boston, MA at age 7. Military wife to an Army Aviator, mother of 4 children and 1 dog; 21 and 19-year-old daughters, 10-year-old fraternal twins, and an adopted terrier/lab mix. Lidia is a Christian and remains active within her community and church by teaching Sabbath school for early teens and operating their community free/thrift store once per month. She attended Excelsior College, NY for her undergraduate studies and received her Master's in Social Work at the oldest school of social work nationwide - Simmons University, Boston, MA. She believes in empowering children and their families with the tools they need to heal and work through challenges this world will certainly give us all. Lidia believes in sitting on the floor for therapy, walking in the rain without umbrellas, and resting in the comfort of silence. Her personal tools for self-care are ocean waves, the magic in a paintbrush, and the possibility of words in print.