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. This year in PFO has been amazing! I have made so many new friends and grown really close to the other SGL’s. It has been a year full of firsts and lasts. My first time in leadership, giving a Lifetalk, being a Small Group Leader. My last winter ball, committee meeting, retreat. It’s a totally different experience, in PFO, being a leader because I am not only being accountable for myself, but also for my Small Group. Luckily, my Small Group has been awesome and super accountable! I am so incredibly grateful for my Small Group! I sincerely feel that by being accountable for my Small Group has really helped me grow as a leader.

I’ve learned a lot in PFO in my three years, but this year I think I have truly taken to heart some of those lessons. I am now able to recognize when I am getting stressed and remember that stress is a choice and I can choose to not be stressed. I have learned that what I see in other people, and compare with myself, I wouldn’t see if it wasn’t already in me. And I learned that I can take the skills and confidence I have gotten from PFO and use them in my life at all times, and not just in PFO. 

PFO has impacted me in many ways. The most notable way PFO has impacted me is that it really has helped me become more accountable for myself and my actions. PFO has also helped me develop my leadership skills and has taught me a lot about what it means to be a good leader. PFO has also taught me that I, and everyone else, can do anything regardless of condition or circumstance. 
So journey group, I would like to leave you with this quote, not because it relates to anything specific, but because this courage is what PFO gives me everyday and many great things have come from it: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” -Benjamin Mee