How My Life Changed for the Better

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In just a short seven months my life has drastically changed for the better. I got the courage to leave a three year abusive relationship, found the man of my dreams, who had been right under my nose for five years, got my first job, at nineteen, bought my dream car, a convertible, and got myself back in college, despite all odds and negativity from people around me. I have worked very hard and defeated all odds to be where I am in such a short period of time. This past eight months has unquestionably been a huge accomplishment in my life. Some people call it luck, some an accident, and some call it fate. I say it was all of this as well as my actions.

First you should know what my life was like and how I decided to change it. I had been with the same person for three years.

We will call him Nick. He was an abusive and controlling alcoholic and was only twenty when I left him. He was eighteen and I was sixteen, two months from seventeen, when we decided to date. Things were good for the first five to six months. He treated me like a princess and I'm not going to lie, I loved it. He bought me flowers, jewelry, and candy all the time. Whatever I wanted, I got, no questions asked. We partied every weekend, like most, normal high school students. Then around June his true colors started to show. He would not let me get a summer job and he did not let me go out with my friends. After I graduated in 2002 I turned down two softball scholarships and moved to Waco with him. I'm not sure why I did but by this time he had...