This has been a year of immense change for me. I’ve lost connections to people I loved and gained friendships I didn’t even know I needed so badly in my life. After going through a break up, I struggled with feeling fulfilled. I was navigating guilt, replacement, and confusion in my life. I felt like a lost puppy, but I was determined to move my life forward in the direction I had always imagined it would go. I read books that have changed my life forever. I fell back into old habits and unhealthy situations. I experienced things for the first time. And I progressed my future forward during all of it. I never realized how much of a transformation I had gone through and how much work I have put into myself, until now. I push myself hard. I expect a lot from myself. I am never satisfied. but this summer, I am grateful for my independence, I finally see my passions paying off, and right now I am good friends with myself and she likes this version of me.