Nine year old me wanted to be an interior designer.
Nineteen year old me wants to be a professional writer.
Funny how much can change in ten years.
Over the course of my life, especially in the last decade or so, I've discovered new passions and dreamt different dreams.
I never thought I'd be where I am today. I'm beyond grateful. I feel lucky in many ways. But I also know better than anyone how hard I've worked.
I wanted to take some time to reflect on the last nineteen going on twenty years. You're all going to be sick and tired of my old age jokes and indirect references to my birthday. Maybe you already are. I'd say sorry, but I'm not.
I had a less than ideal August in 2016 to say the least. It was a tougher time for me mentally and emotionally. So I was nowhere near where I wanted to be. And I was nothing close to being who I wanted to be.
Even though I still have a long way to go, I'm proud of what I've been able to accomplish during my 19th year on this earth.
I won't bore you with the details regarding my achievements. But I want to thank you all for helping me directly or indirectly, whether you know it or not.
I don't thank everyone often enough. Thanks a million times. Thank you so much for being you. I appreciate your support. It means the world to me.
You have inspired me in ways I never would've been. I will never stop reading your comments, messages, tweets, etc.
Around this time last year, I had no idea what to expect in 2017. I didn't know what the future held for me, for this blog.
Another year looms ahead. I can't predict what will happen next, but I'm excited for what's coming.
I like to believe the best is just around the corner.
I'm sure I'll make my share of mistakes in the next 12 months. Please feel free to correct me and my erroneous ways. Shove my mistakes in my face. I'm half kidding, half serious.
But I've grown up a ton. I can handle failure and mistakes better now than ever before.
I want to wish you the very best.
Cheers to growing together. I know there's so much we can learn from each other.
I never want to take any of this for granted.
After all, I had my share of highs and lows as a 19 year old.
But right now I'm grateful. Thank you again from the bottom of my dark heart and the depths of my big head.
You made my 19th that much more memorable.
It's been an incredible year. Here's to an even better one.
Hopefully, twenty year old me will be way smarter. A girl can hope.