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 is my third year in PFO and I cannot begin to express what PFO means to me. Try as I might, this year quickly became the typical stressful junior year. I freaked out about classes and got caught up in a cycle of homework, studying, sleep deficiency, and coffee. But every time I go to PFO, I am reminded of so many things, including the fact that I can choose to accept or reject my thoughts, and therefore, stress. Being on leadership lets me spend more time with PFO and the people I love and who support me and remind me that being grateful feels a lot better than being stressful. Week to week, and even day to day, PFO has helped me realize that no matter what grade I get in math class, I’m still a perfect, whole, complete human being who is successful and creative and talented and smart. That might sound like such an obvious statement- and it is, it’s just sometimes hard to believe. But (most of the time at least!) I do believe it and although I do get stressed out, I always remind myself to think of what I’m grateful for, and that, sometimes, thing just ain’t that deep.