“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.” – Shannon L. Alder
It is insane to think that, it has been a little over a year since I stopped dancing. I am blessed to have had such an amazing and supportive crew around me that helped me throughout my transition.
The ups and downs have been too many to count. The doubts that were constantly circulating. The overachiever, perfectionist, and anxious person that I am is quite the unfortunate concoction of emotions. We love being an enneagram three.
Six months felt like forever six months ago, but now that I am here it feels like yesterday I was packing up boxes getting ready to head to California. Changing traveling plans up until the day I left. Feeling like I was standing on a cliff about to jump or be pushed off, whichever came first.
In the past six months, I have gone from a seventeen-year-old with imposter syndrome as her best friend to an eighteen-year-old with knowledge and experience that most people my age would kill for.
I wake up every single day grateful that my bosses decided to take the risk and hire a little baby seventeen-year-old with no experience in marketing. Just a drive, a motivated spirit, and a willingness to learn.
Now I am a search engine optimization specialist. I am running link building campaigns, optimizing content, and auditing websites. I am looking back and realizing that I didn’t even know what those words meant six months ago. I do not know what the future holds but I do know that the world better watch out because I am not stopping anytime soon.
I often wonder how different my life would look if the world had not closed right when my life was starting to get exciting. I will never truly know, but what I do know is that right now I do not need to look behind, or ahead. All I need to do is focus on right now.
I am also extremely blessed to have the Praxis crew, which is more like a cult or a family at this point. You can decide which one is more fitting. There is no way on earth that I would be where I am today without them. They quite literally changed my life in the best way possible.
From the bootcamp, to placement, to the apprenticeship, they have been there. Ready with open arms for all my stupid questions. I hope I have returned the favor by being ready to motivate anyone at a moment’s notice. Also for anyone interested, the offer still stands.
The list of people I owe a thank you card is endless, so I hope for now this will do. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.