A year ago today, I had my writing portfolio critiqued by an agency in LA I thought was going to change my life. It didn't.
Technically nothing happened. I was crushed when no phonecalls or emails were returned in the weeks that followed.
What I learned instead was much more valuable. When I was broke wandering aimless in LA with my resume in my hand and no clear direction, I had never been more terrified in my life that I let everyone down. I couldn't understand how a city I was falling in love with refused to love me back. I am not positive how, but somewhere along the way I found conviction, faith and a confidence that only grows from experiencing the darkest moments.
After countless doors were slammed in my face, I worked to create my own opportunities and put myself out there in a way I never had before. I didn't, and still don't, have any clue what I'm doing, but it's slowly paying off in small ways and starting to make sense in big ways.
All I can do now is trust my vision, my talents and my hustle. I'm learning something new every single day.
To everyone that has texted me or told me they are proud of me or that I inspire them, thank you. Please believe me when I say I'm happy knowing I haven't created my best work yet. I have spent every day of 2016 feeling grateful beyond words.
I really just wanted to say thank you to whoever is reading this.
The people that don't support me aren't important to me anymore, but the ones that do I'll never forget. The difference one year can make.... I will never give up. The best is yet to come and I can't wait.