For a while now, I feel as if I have lost my voice, my outspokenness, my boldness; I slowly started to seal my lips and keep my thoughts to myself. Looking back, I wonder what happened to the girl who had such a light in her eyes. What happened the girl who had a laugh so loud and so contagious that she would have to be shushed? She is still here, and she is not lost. I can think of a number of reasons as to how or why this happened over the past few years, but what I do know is that I am urging to resurrect that part of my self again. And if there is anything I have learned lately, it is that I can find that strength. It is frightening; there is something about writing and sharing your stories that can leave you vulnerable. However, with vulnerability comes strength, and I am excited to see where writing can lead me. Who knows where this could lead to?! The unknown can create incredible anxiety, but at the same time, foster incredible courage. So here’s to growing, to becoming brave, and to embracing new beginnings. I hope you’ll join me on this journey!