Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Proud of _____ in 2012

Normally, I focus on my goals much more than my accomplishments. Isn't that true for everyone? It's very rare that I sit back and think about how far I have come rather than how far I have to go. But I hit some major milestones tin 2012, and I feel like sharing some of the things I am most proud of:

1. Learning how to fight agression with kindness

I call this "Tami Taylor-ing" someone. I have a terrible, terrible temper, and am prone to saying things in the heat of the moment that I later regret. Sometimes I'll storm out of an argument instead. Neither are especially adult ways of handling things. This year, I've gotten a lot better at keeping a smile on my face, thinking before I speak, and letting the words "____ made me uncomfortable" become a bigger part of my vocabulary. The nicer you are to someone, the harder it is for them to be a complete jerk back. Even when they are, I have realized I would much rather leave an argument with my dignity that the satisfaction of a stinging comeback.

2. Completing NaNaWriMo

This was the first year I really gave National Novel Writing Month my all, and while being unemployed made it a lot easier, it was still a huge challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. There is so much satisfaction and comfort in knowing that if I sit down in front of my computer every day, I can create a story (not necessarily a good one, but something to work with, nonetheless).

3. Completing another major story

I have a project on my harddrive that I've been working on since I was 15. While it's not something I will ever try to get published, I am more proud of this story than almost anything I've ever written. Knowing that this monster of a project is completed gives me such a feeling of giddiness--maybe because I know that I wrote it only for myself.

4. Graduating from my grad certificate program

The college program I completed last year was more demanding than 4 years at university ever were. I wanted to drop out so many times, but now I'm glad I stuck it out.

5. Driving across the country

And not killing my best friend, or our friend Adam in the process.

6. Trying surfing

It was a major dream of mine, and even though I kind of wanted to chicken out at the last minute (I was suddenly aware of how not-strong of a swimmer I am) it was so worth it for the rush of catching my first wave.

7. Running a major training program for a huge client

This involved standing up in front of a big group and telling some very important people what to do. It was intimidating, and terrifying, and while it didn't go perfectly, I was so proud of the way I handled the things that went wrong. 

8. Networking my butt off.

Who likes networking? Not me. But I made a real effort to meet as many people in my field as possible, and I know that I impressed several of them. That was, and is, a great feeling, and one that has helped to boost my confidence as I start the new year and a new job. Which leads to:

9. Getting two jobs this year:

While I spent more time than I was comfortable with being unemployed, the fact that I am starting my first adult (if not secure) job next week means that I have come a long way from where I was at the beginning of the year, and even at the beginning of the summer. This job was not easy to get, and I am proud that I made it through the process, and even more proud of how hard I worked to get there. 

Here's hoping I have even more things to be proud of in 2013! 


  1. wow, you haaave done a lot this year and you deserve to be proud of your accomplishments. I am so impressed that you participated in the National Novel Writing Month. That's a huge goal to tackle..I'm impressed! And way to go on landing a job!

    1. Thanks! I have wanted to do it for the last 5 years, but this was the first year I really gave it my all.

      And I start the job on Monday, and I'm so excited!

      Happy New Year! :)

  2. omg, your year sounds so much better than mine...I hope my 2013 ends up a bit more like yours.
    Congrats on all of your acheivements!

    1. Haha! This is the first year I feel like I have actually taken the time to acknowledge them. Believe me, I have a lot to not be so proud of, but every year is a chance to do better!

      Thank you, and I hope your 2013 is wonderful as well :)