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Friends at graduation

So, I finally graduated! It’s been a long, rough road, but the reward was worth the endless nights studying and pounding my head against a desk. But now for the real world; I’ve never been very good at adulting. That sense of impending doom and existential dread goes away, right? One thing is for certain though: I know what I want from life, and that’s to share my writing!

Looking back, it's been a rough year for a lot of people. Besides the deaths of many role models, I know a lot of people who have suffered and lost this year. I think it's important that although we suffer, we look for the good in our lives. We should strive to remember our blessings, not just our pain.

It's been a roller coaster for me this year, but I've also seen a lot of good. I graduated college. I rediscovered my love of reading. I found a professional, competent editor, something I've struggled finding for years. I got close to finishing work on my last book in a series I've spent years writing. I've also met lots of amazing people in the book world; readers, editors, writers, publicists, every one of them passionate and kind.

I struggled with stress and depression, but my friends have always been there for me. Without them I would've grown even more insane. My parents have also been a huge support in helping me achieve my goals.

While this next year will be one of huge changes for me, I'm glad for 2016 and the lessons and experiences it brought me. Here's to a new year and new blessings for you all!

Beast friend

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