Day 22-- How have you changed in the past 2 years [January 30 Day Challenge]

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In a previous post, I mentioned that I was accepting the challenge to post every day; however, not every post will appear on my blog. To see them all you can check out my tumblr account.

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Today I have been told to talk about How I have changed in the past two years.

So, yes--I have changed in appearance. Maybe my hair is a bit different, my complexion changed, and a couple more piercings added; but, I don't think that's really what this post is about.

I think most of my devoted followers have heard this enough... however, I am going to say it again, I have changed drastically in the last two years--in the past year--okay, in the past couple months! I am continually changing and trying new things. I am becoming more and more of who I want to be.

Two years ago, I was a senior in high school halfway through my second trimester (yes, my hs had trimesters...). I was young, having fun, and beginning to adventure out on my own a bit. My SAT scores were in, I had applied to IU, and I was excited for the new life I knew I would begin.

Since then, I have really grown up. I know how to cook some decent meals for myself (although, I know Sky would complain that I still don't cook enough), I can budget my own money--or at least I try to, I can manage tasks and control my stress, and so much more that I wouldn't have been able to do on my own two years ago. I have really learned a lot!

I think that the best part of me that has changed in the past two years is my confidence. My friends and close family wouldn't have necessarily called me shy, and sometimes I wouldn't have called myself shy either. However, I wasn't ME. I wasn't the person I am now. Two years ago I was trying to fit in to a small town, make everyone happy, and mingle who I wanted to be with the person everyone else was trying to make me. I was shy because I wasn't confident in the who I was. I was shy because I was trying too hard make everyone happy. The me two years ago was not a bad me, but she just wasn't Danyzell.

Here, at Indiana University, away from the judgmental stares and accusations that can come from living in a small town, I have truly been able to express myself and be who I want to be. Being out on my own allowed me to grow up, and growing up gave me the opportunity to live how I wanted to. I did the things that I enjoyed, I studied the things that sparked my interest, and I didn't strive to make everyone happy--just myself and the people I love.

In the past two years I have learned a lot, I have changed a lot, I have become a completely different person. In the past two years I have cared less about what people think, cared more about the people who matter, and smiled more than I ever have before!

People make great changes all the time. No one can tell you who you ought to be! So, if you aren't happy with something then make the change and take control.

How have you changed?

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