I’ve realized over the past few years that I waited until I became an adult to start f***ing up! Obviously it wasn’t intentional as we all know s*** happens but it’s just crazy how life happens. Seriously, I waited until I was grown to lose my job not once but a couple times my contract ended and wasn’t renewed. I waited until I was grown to get bad grades in school. Clearly, I thought graduate school was going to be as easy as undergrad not realizing that’s a total different level of responsibility and accountability. I think my parent’s made this adult thing look relatively easy because I am NOT living the life I thought would just come after graduating college. I waited until I was grown to disappoint my parents and go through life feeling somewhat like a failure because of all of my mistakes. I mean, I know I’m not a failure, at least not a complete failure, because the mistakes I’ve made are only to make me a stronger individual and help me grow to the amazing woman I am becoming. Honestly, failure in some capacity is a part of life. How will you be able to improve yourself if you’ve never failed or made any mistakes? I embrace my setbacks because I know they are only setting me up for greater opportunities. I’ve never been the type of person to need someone else’s praise for doing the right thing or being a good person. But once again, I waited until I was an adult for that simple acknowledgement to really mean something and truly resonate with me. Since I started writing my blog, I’ve received so much support and positive feedback. It was surprising and one of my favorite cousins had to remind me that it’s the times where you think no one is paying attention that you are truly being noticed. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read my articles, offer feedback and share them with a friend. It truly means a lot and the encouragement goes a long way. You never know when someone is really feeling defeated and ready to throw in the towel but a simple text, phone call, Facebook message, etc. could really turn that all around. Thank you for the encouragement to keep pouring my heart out and sharing my experiences with you all. I never knew this process could be so freeing and I’m excited to share this journey with the people who know me best and those of you who are now getting to know me. Thank you!! Stay encouraged!!!