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2021 Reflections From The TurningPointCT Team

The TurningPointCT team reflects on this last year and what they’ve overcome and accomplished in the last year.

Kailey, Project Coordinator:

This last year, I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I applied for this job after months of being too anxious to apply to any jobs after college. I am working a job that I truly feel was meant for me. I had never dreamed that I would actually be able to work in the mental health field, but here I am! I also never saw myself ever giving speeches or presentations because of my social anxiety, but I’ve also really come out of my shell with that. It wasn’t easy and the anxiety is still there, but I am able to share my story with others, which is something I am so passionate about. This last year, I also moved out of my parents’ house, which was a really big deal for me. Change is something that has always been so scary for me because the unknown gives me so much anxiety. But, I really did get out of my comfort zone this year and I am so proud of myself. I still can’t believe I am able to work my dream job!

Dominique, Project Assistant:

This past year has been an absolute roller coaster but it has taught me so much. It taught me to go for the things that I want, to love myself a little more, to keep going when things are hard and most importantly, it taught me to grow. In the last year, I’ve grown so much as a person and I couldn’t be happier. I am finally becoming the person I always knew I could be.

Ally, Peer Support Specialist:

2021 has been filled with mile-markers for me. Several of these marks had pain associated with them, but the universe found a way to calm me and I am proud of myself in a whole new way. Some highlights: I bought a home with my boyfriend, we got a puppy to add to our little family, I started a job that better suits my mission and passion, started my own business, and I celebrated 6 years in recovery! So many exciting things happened this year that I never thought possible – only in a dream, really. I also faced some of my traumas and processed them in therapy. I set boundaries and used my voice in moments that I normally would have completely avoided or stayed silent. I created a vision board around this time of last year for 2021 and was recently looking at it and figuring out what manifested and what will be saved for 2022. I was shocked at just how many things did manifest. Even the things that seemed as if they didn’t, somehow did in their own unique way. I’m excited to create my vision board for 2022 and I’m grateful to be at a phase in my life where I’m putting my wellness first, guilt-free.

Therell, Social Media Assistant:

After 2020 ended on a not so good note, I wasn’t really expecting much from 2021. And sure enough, the beginning of 2021 wasn’t that great either. However, the second half of 2021 completely turned around and I’m finding life to be decent now. I’ve gotten more into my hobby of recording music and I also got this Social Media Assistant job here at TurningPointCT. I never thought in a million years that I’d be capable of getting a job, but here I am. I am proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone with both music and this job. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2022 brings to the table, and I hope what it brings is happiness and success.

Sasha, Project Volunteer:

Over the course of this past year, I have evolved into a more mature and better version of myself. There were so many things that I worried I would never be able to do because of my anxiety and depression, and looking back to the person I was in January I am amazed at how far I have come. I am learning to drive (something that I had severe anxiety about), and am able to handle my social, academic, and personal life so much better. The difference in my journey this year was one of learning independence and coping skills, and really coming into my own person.

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