I would be remiss if I didn’t factor in one of the most influential and amazing people involved in my growth from 25 to 26, miss Julianna Pauline Fenner. A girl crazy enough to think I was an interesting personality and to think I was worth cultivating a relationship with even though we lived in separate states. We’ve had our ups and downs and I can safely say that 99% of my the downs were due to my own faults and flaws, but I can never thank her so much for how much she impacted my life in just 2016 alone. The future of our own intertwining paths is murky, and I think that’s safe to assume when you’re trying to make things work with a 550 mile barrier between the two of you. However, that doesn’t change the fact that she’s always been there for me, she’s always been an inspiration for me, and she helped me in times of need and she helped better myself where I could say those moments were rarer and rarer. At the very least, I just want to have this on record so that no matter what happens in the future, she can know I thought this of her and she can know how grateful I’ve been for her love and support in the best and worst of times. She’s a beautiful creature, a beautiful human, and when on the rare times I felt myself slipping back into a darkness she was a light that guided me back. Like I said, to write a whole post about a year in my life and not include her is a travesty because she was truly the best thing to happen to me in this past year. I mean, excelling in school is cool and all but I can’t compare academia to a living, breathing person. She’s great, she’s wonderful, I can only hope that I impacted her life in a small sliver for the better to repay her for all the goodness she imbued into my life. No matter where the future directs me,us , I’ll always have love and special place for her in my heart. Thank you. So it goes.