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Recollect the resolutions of #Steller2016? πŸ‘‰ { https://steller.co/s/5F7DXSkX2na } Mantra 4 was the resolution I found hardest to keep this year...

m a n t r a 4

2016 was TOUGH. It brought: 2 layoffs in 8 weeks. A (still) broken heart. Starting a freelance career. Living alone in a new town. 1 seasonal job. Coming in 2nd. Taking risks that didn't pan out...

It was hard not to get caught up in self-defeat. And I often failed to acknowledge the milestones and successes.

So I guess I'll do that now...

I built a strong portfolio and began to find freelance clients who were excited about my work.

I started drawing for fun again. It was tough to let go of fear and expectations, but it's so enjoyable! I even sold a design for a sticker!

I nurtured strong relationships with incredible women. These ladies stand by me, always.

I gambled with risk-taking. I did win, but mostly lost. But I realized that to not try is to surely lose.

I went on a solo 2,568 mile road trip.

I volunteered to hang out on the 13th floor of the YWCA's Over The Edge Fundraiser as the event photographer.

Did I mention I'm terrified of heights? It was a long day.

But at the end, I confronted my terror, rappelling off this 13-story building, all the way to the ground! πŸ˜“πŸ˜±πŸ˜£πŸ’ͺ

I've made huge progress in teaching myself independence by living alone and being on my own in 2016. One eve, while dining with friends, the unwitting server was trying to keep track of our many separate checks. I was surprised by what he wrote on my receipt... It's on my fridge now.

I stumbled a few times, got rejected, brushed myself off, and kept going.

I'm courageous. Not quite fearless, but getting bolder.

I camped alone. All. By. Myself. 😱 (In bear country)

With my new camera, I took a few photographs I'm really proud of.

I flexed my muscles and grew some wings to find the motivation to practice my storytelling.


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  • jordanfoy

    Massive respect

  • jalilrhmn

    Nice view

  • kapowder

    Thanks! 😘 @jordanfoy

  • leslieanne

    Thanks for sharing that incredible story. Someone told me once that we don't grow without pain...it's encouraging to see you focus on the growth part and it's a reminder for me to do the same. 😊

  • kapowder

    Yep, a friend told me the greatest growth comes from the hardest challenges, so you must keep pushing through! It's helped me come to terms with the roller coaster of 2016. @theviewfromhere

  • AnaLunaG

    Great story. So touching. πŸ’œ

  • kapowder

    Thank you! πŸ’ž @AnaLunaG

  • pdgemt

    Inspiring story. Incredible pictures

  • kapowder

    Awe, thank you so much @Steller

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  • rchupp

    Inspiring. Everyone can benefit from reading this!

  • phillipmoffat

    Great advice, thank you for the inspiration.

  • lindamilligan

    Inspiration with lovely photos.

  • predigers

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this. thank you for being brave and showing this to the world.

  • snowbird22

    You are such a strong woman!

  • Leontine

    You are beautiful! I imagined that you had wings .... πŸ‘ΌπŸ»

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  • wilsonslc

    You are pretty much fearless, my love. Such an inspiration. 😘

  • artofstyle_ab

    You go girl! This is really special you took the time to do this! Totally inspired.

  • pisanaf

    Very inspirational!

  • B__xy

    Keep on going your way πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

  • ditbori

    You're a very impressive and inspiring lady. Thank you for sharing!


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