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Thanks For Listening by Xena Lopez

When I began writing the content of this book in January of this year (2021), it was actually entries to my journal. During therapy I learned that it’s easier to understand things when they’re solidified on paper. I started sketching little scenes alongside the notebook pages full of text and it slowly became more illustration and imagery than words. I was writing it for myself. I wanted to understand what had happened to me, why I did the things I did, and how it affects me. As a visual learner, I had to see it in images. Initially the information was dull and harsh, that’s how I felt, too, as I wrote it. However, small moments of good began to arise as I was forced to acknowledge all the choices I've made to support myself. When the story's narrative began to shift it helped me find compassion for myself and my choices. I thought about how good this made me feel. I wish I could go back in time and give this book to my teenage self for two reasons: because I want past-me

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