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 first wanted to let you know that PFO has impacted me in so many indescribable ways. I was on the Slam Poetry Committee this year and I can confidently say it was one of the most transformative events in my life. In Slam, I learned that I am fully capable of doing ANYTHING, I set my mind to. By the end of our time, I could-no, I was excited to get up, share my own poem, honoring someone else and to let others know what I said was important. My Slam family helped me realize what I have to say is important and relevant. But PFO has taught me what I put out into the world is just as important. I have learned that one small word of thanks, a hug, and a smile can change someone’s entire day. On the flip side, I have come to a true understanding that one negative thing I say directed towards another person or even me, can affect them for a long time. Because, like the Lifetalk said, I truly don’t know what I don’t know and I can’t make any assumptions, good or bad. Lifetalks are where two of our teen leaders lead an interactive session on a topic of being a better you. Some Lifetalk topics are assumptions, balancing self love and love for others, and being aware of self limiting thoughts. These Lifetalks have really touched me and led me to be more vulnerable within the PFO teen family, and I couldn’t be more grateful!