I stood here today thinking about all the things in my life that led me to this beautiful place. It made me realize that I’ve made some good decisions, and I’m proud of the life I am making for myself. You only get one. Fill it with people who make you happy, who treat you with respect, kindness, and care. People who you admire. Take care of them and return the love they give you.
I left home when I was 17, and even though I’ve experienced failure, challenges, and hardships on my adventures away from home, I can still say – I’m proud of my life! I’ve done a lot and there’s more to see. I am no longer the shaky teen who set off into the great wide open 13 years ago. Dolly Parton sings about it: “I uprooted myself from home ground and left, took my dreams and I took to the road. When a flower grows wild, it can always survive…” Leaving home has been the biggest and best thing for me because it has given me space to grow, and continue growing, into the person I want to be.
I will always be from LA, but Washington makes me feel my heart beat 💘