Nine years ago, I was in Genoa, surrounded by friends and family members while celebrating another year of my life.
The day I turned 23, I will never forget it!
I woke up and when to work at Portofino at the Giorgio Armani Boutique; after finishing my shift, I went to town at my aunt's house and got ready for my birthday.
I had around 25 to 30 guests, and everything was perfect; family friends from Milan even came to surprise me.
After dinner and cutting the cake, my friends and I went to the disco and had a blast; I got home at 9 am the next day.
I was single for a year, and I was trying to get my life in order, but deep inside, I was sad, I was not even close to the woman I wanted to be at 23.
But I remember starting to write down and meditate about the woman that I wanted to be in my 30's.
She was supposed to have her car, her place to live, pay her bills, be happy, confident, and, most of all, she was going to be surrounded by people that genuinely love her and supported her for real.
In those nine years, I lost family members and friends that I thought were good and wanted the best for me as I did for them. I do not regret losing people in my life; On the contrary, I'm so grateful that they are not part of my journey.
I tried dating and got my heart broken so many times in the process, but I will never settle for less because I know my worth, and still, I'm open to love, but it has to be pure, genuine and that allows me to sleep in peace.
This year was the first time in my life that I had celebrated my birthday away from my mother, and that brought tears since I have an extraordinary bond with her, but I was with friends that I love, and I consider family.
My birthday party was terrific, and the next morning I woke up looking at myself in the mirror and being proud of myself.
I had become the woman I wanted to be, I am the woman in the mirror that I used to fantasy to be one day, and now I have opened a new chapter in my life.
I'm still working to be my best every day, and I have faith that it is a matter of time before things get even better.
I'm so thankful for the people that have crossed my life and have taught me a lesson.
No matter what the future has stored for me, I know who I'm, who I want to be, what I want, and I will fight to get there and to reach my goals!