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It was like any other typical Sunday.

I woke up - around noon - went downstairs to get breakfast started and tried to formulate a plan on how to go about my day.

On Sundays I usually do my grocery shopping for the week, clean my room (if I feel like it) and go to church to thank the big man upstairs for another day.

But before I could pour my first cup of coffee, I got an unexpected text from my friend.

He said, "You wanna go on a crazy hike today?"

I never turn down a workout so I instantly replied, "I'm so down. Pick me up in an hour."

What happened during and after the hike was...

I can't even describe it in words, but it was a defining moment in my life.

We started our hike at the Hollywood trail. An adrenaline rush came over me when I saw the huge mountain ahead of us. My mind was already made up because I was determined to climb the entire thing - even if it took me the whole day to reach the top.

I didn't realize the difficulty of the climb until I began my journey. I slid a number of times, scraped my hands and knees while trying to go around the branches. And at times, I wanted to turn the other way around and head back to the car.

But my friend kept yelling from a distance, "You're not a quitter, Nancy. Keep going."

So I kept going.

At one point, I came across two paths. I had to take a gamble and choose the path that I believed was going to help me get to the top.

Three hours and a dozen scrapes later, I made it to the top of the mountain.

I climbed through my fears and insecurities. I went around the hurdles and obstacles that were preventing me from reaching my goal.

As I reached the top, I saw the entire city of Glendale overlooking the terrain. On the opposite side of the mountain, I saw the beautiful city of LA shining at me.

When I reached the top of the mountain, I saw my dreams and hopes coming alive.

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