The first time I really fell in love with my waves was around mid March 2011. I was getting ready to wash my hair and I happened to part it on the side. To my surprise, all I saw were beautiful waves. This was motivation to keep going.
I had just passed my 1 year mark and I expected my hair to be at least 1/2 natural, but I was only about 1/4 natural and maybe 1/3 natural in some areas. I was extremely discouraged. I expected it to take about two full years to grow out my perm, but having only 1/3 new growth at most at the 1 yr mark made me realize it would take much longer. The waves gave me a second wind.