At the end of the year, I always like to look back at how the year went. I write about the ups and downs… and this year was filled to the brim with both. Even the bad brought good, though. Maybe I should call 2016, “The Year of the Silver Lining”. I discovered a lot about myself and my thought process which is what lead to those silver linings. At the time I didn’t realize that good was coming, but, in retrospect, I see it now. I’d been working extremely hard to improve my life… my #onelittleword for 2016. It’s been super slow. Maybe too slow for my liking. It’s exactly what I needed. Slow and steady is what wins my race. Whenever I noticed the change, I would have a slight freak out. “Who am I? This isn’t me! I want to feel like myself,” would all run through my head until I realized that I didn’t like the “me” I was so desperately pining for. That “me” held myself back. That “me” wasn’t great. That “me” was going to be the end of me. These realizations are what kept pushing me forward. Am I a completely new person now? No. Not at all. Am I starting to become who I want to be? Yes and no… again the process is slow. I may not be exactly who I dream of being, but I am on the arduous path of becoming her. Of become me. One day at a time. Cheers!