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!