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Sunday 23 November 2014

Ten Things I Should Be Proud Of

We all know that it's very easy to spend a lot of time focusing on your insecurities. Wondering where things went wrong, and how best to make changes. But what we all need to do more of is reflect on the positives. The other day, whilst I filled out a job application, I realised that I was proud of myself. This was a revelation for me, as the past few years have played havoc with my self-esteem. I'm finally on the up, so I thought I'd reflect on what I'm most proud of. I'm making a mental note to come back to this post when I'm having a bad day. And I hope it helps you to realise all that you should be proud of too!

1. That I graduated uni
I didn't enjoy it, and didn't do as well as I wanted, but I finished it! I think I'm still too hard on myself sometimes, but I have a degree and now a job. Which leads me on to...

2. That I found a job that I enjoy
When I graduated I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I knew upon starting my degree that I didn't want to be a physicist, and I was hoping that I'd have an epiphany revealing my future career. Unfortunately that didn't happen, so I took a risk and applied for a job that I had never thought of, but had the qualifications for. Turns out that I really enjoy it and I hope I can stay for a while.

3. That my boyfriend and I put in the effort to survive a long distance relationship
I've heard of lots of relationships that fizzle out under the strain of a long distance. But through the power of Skype and train tickets we made it work for three years. And now we're back in the same city and closer than ever!

4. That I've found the time to continue my hobbies
University can be all-consuming. There are people who come out the other side with nothing but a qualification to add to their CV. As well as continuing with my previous hobbies I also took up pole fitness which I love, and am still doing weekly. I hope I'll have time for pole fitness and my creative pursuits for a few years yet!

5. That I'm making the effort to become healthier
I could be described as skinny-fat. My diet has never been the best (admittedly not too bad either), but I've never put on weight due to my metabolism. This meant that for ages I made little effort to do any exercise. A few months ago I recognised that this was the case, and have hence started looking more carefully at my diet. I'm also thinking of joining a gym (as well as continuing pole fitness), in the hope of improving my fitness.

6. That I'm less scared by the thought of growing up
Before I left uni the grown-up World was a daunting place. What if I spent my life not knowing what to do? Now I realise that things are flexible. And everything will fall into place eventually. If you're not happy with an aspect of your life, then change it. And hopefully one day you'll wake up and realise that everything is how you want it to be.

7. That I'm happier now than I was a year ago
This is mostly due to my circumstances, but still something that I've had to ensure. By keeping myself busy I've kept nasty thoughts at bay, and always have something to look forward to.

8. That I'm always hungry for knowledge
I'm a curious person. If I hear about something interesting I have to find out more. I'm on a mission to learn as many languages as I can, and I hope I'll never stop learning! I'd love to be that person who knows the answers to all the obscure questions at a pub quiz!

9. That I'm (almost) comfortable with myself
It takes a lot to say that you're completely comfortable with yourself. But as I grow up I'm beginning to know my limitations. I know that I don't have to step out of my comfort zone if I don't want to. My insecurities are becoming fewer, and I'm happy with the person I am.

10. That my family and friends are proud of me!
There's nothing more satisfying than knowing that you're making others proud. As long as they're proud of me then I won't change a thing :)

What are you most proud of?
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  1. I love this! It's always good to reflect back on our achievements. I relate completely to the top two - so happy I finished uni, then happy I found a job which isn't really related but that I really enjoy! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. Thank you! And congratulations for getting through uni. That's great! :) x

  2. These are ten amazing things to be proud of! Do you mind if I do a similar post?
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

    1. Thank you :3 And no, of course not! Go ahead. Please let me know when it's up because I'd love to read it! x

  3. such an amazing post, uni is hard so you should be SO proud!

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

    1. Thank you so much. I was so hard on myself, but I'm beginning to appreciate how hard I worked :) x

  4. These are great! I hope you continue to find more and more things to be proud of yourself :) Keep up with the great work!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

  5. Great post, all to often we focus on the negative and our insecurities and fail to acknowledge our successes and achievements. Congratulations on getting the job, would love to know what it is xxx

    1. Thank you :) I work in the Publishing Department for the Institute of Physics :D xx