This weeks snapshot on resilience is Danielle "Miss Journey" Fontus, founder and publisher of Her Journey magazine. Danielle holds a BA in Psychology and Creative Writing from Emory University. I recently interviewed Danielle and here's what she had to say:
Tell me about the one experience that has shown you how resilient you really are. During my senior year at Emory, I lost my grandmother to leukemia in the first semester and lost my grandfather and had my apartment broken into in the same week of the second semester. That year was my hardest academic year as I took on extra credits to ensure that I completed both majors’ requirements, and the emotional stress of those events made my final year a very trying season of my life. What amazes me even now is that I mustered up the determination to endure and thrive in those final two semesters. Graduating on May 15, 2007 was my biggest and hardest earned victory.
What are you discovering about yourself right now? I’m in the awkward transition period into womanhood and independence. Dedicating a lot of time to reflection has allowed me to dissect earlier experiences and identify their impact on my present state. I’ve found some areas for improvement, which I am working to adjust for the future.
I’ve also discovered my own strength. Reflecting on times like the one I shared earlier, I can now see a strength that I did not necessarily notice while in the situation.