I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the time to share some of the amazing things to happen to me in the last year. It’s true – humanity faced some incredible challenges in 2016 and, at times, it seemed like we were up against insurmountable odds. But, we’re nothing if not resilient and I’m a firm believer that if you want positivity to reign supreme throughout the world, then it’s your duty to first look inward and find the best parts of yourself. If we can’t see the light around us, how can we ever expect to see it anywhere else?
I left the city I’d called home for the first 25 years of my life and took a huge leap of faith, both in myself and my future, and moved to Toronto to pursue a career I’d been desperate to have for the last few years.
I started and completed the most intensive, exhausting, and rewarding program I’ve ever taken and managed to make forty new friends who, for 9 months, continually challenged me, made me laugh, and impressed me with their rainbow of intellect and their incomparable ambition.
I challenged my anxiety – a crippling side-effect of my life that has crushed and created me in more ways than I can count – and somehow came out on the other side stronger, albeit not completely free. I think, more than anything, I’ve realized that it’s not something I’ll ever be entirely of, but it is something that I can face head-on, knowing full-well I won’t break completely.