The year is 2015. 

She is in a new city. Barely knows anybody. All these pressures to deal with loneliness. So she turns to unhealthy habits. Toxic relationships, dangerous thoughts, destruction.

Drug addiction and depression. And she doesn’t even know which caused which. 

She knows she has to stop. But its hard. Going through hell to get out of hell. Recovery is challenging. She’s lost everything. Loneliness starts to creep back in because nobody understands. Self-doubt. That vision she had for herself. Where did it go? She is nowhere close to where she should be.

She looks in the mirror and barely recognizes herself. How did I get here? She asks. Am I going to make it? Who am I? 

Unleash your potential. She tells herself. If you can get through this you can get through anything. 2016 will be better.

The year is 2016. 

She is in a new city. Barely knows anybody. All these pressures to deal with reality. So she turns to healthy habits. Get involved in the community, mend relationships, grow.

Positive thinking and great opportunities. And she doesn’t even know which caused which.

She already lost a year. Now she’s fighting hard to catch up with herself. Burns out trying to prove something to herself and others. Doubt tries to creep back when she’s not already where she thought she’d be. Self awareness. That ideal vision she had for herself. It’s changed. There’s many ways to be what she wants to be.

She looks in the mirror and barely recognizes herself. How did I get here? She asks. Am I going to make it? Who am I?

Nice work Steffy. I tell myself. You’re exactly where you are meant to be, doing exactly what you’re meant to be doing. 2016 has been better.