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. PFO has been probably one of the best and most amazing experiences in my entire life. It’s taught me to be 100% myself and not to apologize for being me, as well as to embrace everything that I am. It has taught me to embrace myself and my strengths and weaknesses and to expand my comfort zone. PFO has taught me that I am important and worthy and it has shown me that being vulnerable is an incredible and wonderful thing. I’m so grateful that PFO has been in my life because it’s made me more authentic and open, and I feel like I can always express myself whenever I’m there. I’m surrounded by the most amazing and talented people and I’ve made some of the best friends in my life. Each Lifetalk has taught me to be more and more like my true self and I will be eternally thankful for that. I am more accepting of both myself and others, thanks to PFO and I will always and forever owe that to PFO. I’ve expanded my comfort zone through the Arts Experiences and committee meetings and I’ve made the most amazing friends through the buddy program. Each event is the absolute highlight of my week! Thanks to PFO, I don’t hide my talents and I embrace them instead. It’s taught me to own my abilities and be proud of what I can do. I now am more confident, especially in my talents and abilities and I have begun to follow my passion more. PFO has also taught me to be more accountable, which is something I’ve struggled with before. I have become more responsible, not only with PFO, but also in school and my personal life. I’ve also learned that I will make mistakes, but I shouldn’t be ashamed and hide my errors. I’ve learned to accept my failures, and use them to improve. I would in no way be the same person if I didn’t have PFO. It’s so incredibly amazing and I’m so grateful for all that it has given me. PFO brings so much joy to my life and it’s made me a more confident, passionate, vulnerable, and authentic person and I will forever be in gratitude to PFO for helping make my life so awesome and wonderful.

In gratitude,
Alex Wrinkle