Megan O. Hoffman. People always ask what the O stands for.

It stands for Okella – my hilarious great aunt who made the best cheese straws, had wild red curls and had a sharp sense of humor. But to me, it really represents all the women in my life.

My mom who always wanted to be a writer, and wrote beautiful short stories that my son now keeps by his bed, for my grandma Hattie, who raised eight children, cooked and cleaned and probably had dreams of her own.

For my sister, who runs three businesses and two young children and a beautiful voice that would bring music teachers into her lessons just to listen to her range.

And of course, for my girl gang also known as the cookie gang. A group of amazing women I have been friends with since I was seven years old and have been there to hold my hand through all life has thrown at us.

All these woman in my life have shaped me – the O symbolizes wholeness and all these women make me who I am.

And Aunt Kella would want me to give credit where it’s due.