Dear Journey Group,

We are halfway through the PFO year and I wanted to share about the journey so far, what I’ve learned, and how PFO has impacted me. I have discovered a multitude of life changing gifts I have within me. Stepping up to the plate by joining leadership was by far the greatest decision I have ever made. Let’s start from the beginning. In the middle of summer I was driven up to a lake house only sort of knowing the around fourteen people who were there. By the end of that week, I knew them and myself better than I could ever imagine. Tears were shed, smiles always showing, and you could feel the welcoming energy in every room you walked into even if you were alone. Then came the big retreat. All 84 teens packed into one building was outrageously awesome! Seeing new faces and old come together as a big family is so heart warming and I can’t help but smile ear to ear when I think about the retreats. I would not be who I am without them. The lessons I learned such as you must love yourself before you can truly love others, gratitude inspires a healthy life, and making assumptions and taking things personally can have a negative impact on your life as a whole. Now that I have gotten even closer with the people on my committee I see a different side of all of them, how bright and intriguing their lives are. You really don’t know what you don’t know. I’m excited to form new bonds with my fellow member in my Arts Experience, Children’s Theater. Like I said in my first blog, this year is a year of firsts. First time on leadership, first ever Anthology Committee, first ever anthology book, first ever Children’s Theater experience and I couldn’t be more grateful to know how much I will learn and grow and change from all these firsts.

In gratitude,
Anna Kilguss