After defeating the eighth Gym, I sat there. I never thought I would beat the E4 and the Champion - well, I thought it'd be the Champion the first time around - and then I left and began to train.
I came back with powerful Pokémon, and I felt confident.
After defeating E4 and surprisingly N, I came back. But defeating N wasn't enough, I needed to defeat Alder.
So I grinded again, and went to the League once before.
After defeating Alder, I came back for the last time, enjoyed the soothing music and smiled towards my amazing team. <3