First and foremost, I want to acknowledge God, who has not only given me the gift of writing, but also the opportunities to learn to have the trust, grace, patience, determination, courage, and faith to pursue my dream of writing.  Secondly, I cannot name them all, but I am ever so thankful for the numerous friends and family who have encouraged me in this pursuit as well, often reminding me to have a stronger faith and trust in God’s gifts and Love when I am too weak or stressed to do so myself.  I can’t count the number of people who have offered kind and inspiring words to me that often kept me on track from giving up, and most of the time, these people didn’t even have a clue that I was having doubts.  It’s even amazing how God works to place the words you need to hear right before you when you least expect it; graduation commencement speech, in my case.  Will Haygood, a writer and to-be movie star with The Butler, just so happened to speak at Miami’s 2013 Commencement.  His words were hope to my soul and heart to pursue this dream, as well as other dreams of mine.  Furthermore, I cannot thank the person who first noticed my passion and love for writing enough, Mrs. Lehman, 7th Grade Language Arts teacher.  Without her, I never would have come to think my writing was worth anything other than to keep it to myself.  Thank you forever.