I received my first award for writing this evening. It was for my first nonfiction piece “Proof” and was given by the Department of English and Theatre of my university. The dinner was lovely and it was such a boost to win an award for my first fully completed piece. I am working on pieces for a memoir and feel quite discouraged sometimes when putting down such personal and painful things on paper. It is a blessing to receive an award and have a poem published all in the same week. I will keep working away at writing what is constantly whirling around in my head begging to be released onto paper and one day I hope what I write will help others cross the bridge from hopeless to hopeful. I know from the week I have had that truly anything is possible despite how impossible it may seem. Today is a good day and I am very grateful!