Chapter 8: An Alumna's Speech
So it was almost a year ago when my therapist, the lovely Elisa Frailey, told me about this camp called Mentally Fit Teens, at which her daughter was volunteering. I'm not sure if she was telling me about it because she wanted me to volunteer, but I went right ahead and immediately demanded more information about this awesome place. This time last summer, I was in a rather rough spot emotionally. I was coming to grips with the fact that my wonderful friends, along with the boy whom I thought was the love of my life, would be on their own paths to college in just a few short months. It seemed as though I was finally happy and content, but everyone else was ready to move on. I had felt like an outcast as I heard everyone talk about residence halls and roommates and meal plans at their prestigious schools, while I was scheduling my classes at the local community college and trying to find something to keep me occupied. At that time, it seemed like my life was over, but little did I know it was just getting started.
I soon realized that instead of sulking over what would inevitably occur, I needed to do something for myself. So when I finally met Ashley and the others leaders around the end of June, I just felt like something great was about to happen. Like I had a purpose in this world. I had grown more in one summer than I had in my entire life. So when the time came in the beginning of August to say goodbye to my loved ones, this group of girls was what kept me going. Going to camp everyday, bonding with my peers, and helping young girls was where I found my happiness. Knowing that other people were depending on me to show up with a smile on my face and a positive attitude pushed me to keep going.
It seems like it was yesterday when we had our first meeting at the old office to discuss starting a nonprofit organization, something I have always wanted to do. After the meeting as we were leaving for the day I remember saying to Ashley that I could not remember the last time I was so excited about something.
Being a part of Women Making Waves has changed my life drastically and I can not imagine not having this group of girls in my life. Although it hasn't been an easy road, we still remain united and have an unbreakable bond. Because WMW is such a big part of me, I would like to give each girl a piece of my heart. I hope they all know how special they are to me, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for these lovely young ladies.
I will always be a part of this amazing organization.
With Much Love,