I stand at a crossroads of my life. I finish grad school in less than a month. It has been a long journey, this one. It began over four years ago. I will have my masters degree in counseling.

I laugh sometimes at this–for in many ways I know less now than I did when I started. Yes, being let into the hallowed halls of hearts has humbled me. I find I do not judge as quickly, stereotype without thinking, assume I understand the whys and hows of others’ lives. For this I am grateful.

I am not the same person I was when I started. No, this journey has shaped me, bit by bit. Like exercise forms a muscle so my character has changed, altered. More grace has been added, insecurity has been stripped away (although I still struggle sometimes). I am more of who I am yet still not all I will become.

I had a vision when I set first foot on this road that I would end it with more answers than questions. But, no, this is the gift I did not expect. That this journey, above all, has taught me to ask more deeply, to question more thoroughly, to seek understanding as never before.

So I stand looking into the future. I am relieved to be here, glad to have made it to the next chapter, and yet disappointed in a way that once again life is not about closure but about continuing.

This I have learned: Whenever I finish a sentence with, “When I…” it is actually a line that will never be done. Life is one glorious run-on, full of hyphens, semi-colons, commas, ellipses. The only real period is our last breath.

Until then we are writing, writing, words criss-crossed over the page–our hearts held by the hand of the Author. 

And only He can write “The End.”

About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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