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Five Proudest Personal Accomplishments

Sunday, October 31, 2010

If I asked you to list the 5 things you are most proud of accomplishing for yourself, could you do it? Could you list those things in a heartbeat? Or would you have to think and think to come up with 5? Would you keep trying to say things like "I raised a great kid" or "I am proud of my DH/DD/DW/DS for ..."?

Here is my list. It took me about 5 minutes to come up with it. And yes, I had to work to make them be about me, not about others. But I did it!

5 Proudest Personal Accomplishments

1. Finishing my first marathon
2. Going to and completing Grad School
3. Speaking up for myself when a person very dear to me was saying and doing things that really hurt me
4. Saying "no" to a boss who expected me to do his work and mine for my pay
5. Moving across the country to take a job in a city I had been in for less than 48 hours, didn't know anybody at that new place, and had a child to bring along.

In thinking this over, I think I know why I am proudest of these things. They have defined me. And they have made me respect and appreciate myself so much more.

So can you do it? What are your Five Proudest Personal Accomplishments?
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  • no profile photo CRAY20
    Hmmm...
    1) Recovering from anorexia
    2) Sharing my experience of anorexia to help others.
    3) The amount of time I have spent volunteering.
    4) Learning first aid.
    5) Doing well in exams
    2171 days ago
  • HEALTHY4JEANNE
    1. finishing college
    2. Having and raising 2 beautiful strong young women
    3. running a successful day care for 17 years. (making a difference in so many lives)
    4. Finishing my triathlon.
    5. Caring for both of my parents while they were sick.


    3209 days ago
  • ETTEZEUS
    Hum, I"m not sure what my 5 Proudest Personal Accomplishments are. I'll have to give it some thought and then blog about it.

    Thanks for making me think Kate.
    3213 days ago
  • ROBBIEMARIE
    I have been thinking about this since I read it yesterday. Yes, I am my own roughest critic and have a hard time thinking positively about myself but I did do some soul searching and have decided there are accomplishments I am proud of. So, in no particular order:

    1. I became a triathlete at the age of 55!
    2. I conquered a lot of fear and terror to climb up the side of a tree almost 40 feet in order to jump off a perfect fine stable stand in order to go through the forest on a zip line.
    3. I have changed so much of my way of thinking as far as my health and well being. This has contributed to enough weight loss to make significant changes to medications I've had to take.
    4. I have learned to not take myself so very seriously, learning to laugh at things that happen. With this I have learned to accept that I am a really good person.
    5. I made the decision over 31 years ago that I would be a stay at home mom to raise our children despite the pressures of friends, family and society that told me I couldn't be fulfilled doing so. I can honestly say I have had very few regrets over this decision. (and yes, this is about me despite the fact that I have indeed raised 3 incredible kids!!!!!)


    3214 days ago
  • PARNELI
    What a great blog!

    #1 - Becoming an EMT. It was tough to do while working full time since it was the excelerated class but I am so proud of it.
    #2 - Becoming a Principal Broker. Not only did I get my real estate license not once, but twice (Idaho and Oregon), but then I went on to become a Principal Broker.
    #3 - Making it into management.
    #4 - Completing a half marathon (x2). I didn't have a whole lot of support either time but I did it for myself.
    #5 - Volunteering. I love being a volunteer and I'm so happy that my community fire department accepted me, trained me and now values me and doesn't want to lose me. Above all though, I love going out and helping people. I love comforting people and calming them down after they've been through a traumatic car accident. And saving lives is AWESOME!!
    3215 days ago
  • CLEOLEFT1
    wow! tough!
    1. sticking with sparking even without seeming to make progress
    2. buying and paying off my house totally by myself
    3. sticking it out in Wyoming an extra year after my "divorce"
    4. I got Phi Theta Kappa, too!
    5. Painting the whole house by myself every time needed
    3215 days ago
  • CLEOLEFT1
    wow! tough!
    1. sticking with sparking even without seeming to make progress
    2. buying and paying off my house totally by myself
    3. sticking it out in Wyoming an extra year after my "divorce"
    4. I got Phi Theta Kappa, too!
    5. Painting the whole house by myself every time needed
    3215 days ago
  • KITZHA
    Hmm..... This is actually kind of hard for me, but let's see what I come up with. :-)

    1) Going back to school. I'm proud of myself for finally taking the steps to do something I'd dreamed of since the girls were born.

    2) Being able to help my Dad. This one is two-fold since I've been able to work with him over the last two summers thus taking some pressure off him so he didn't have a completely green crew, and being there to listen to him when he needs to get things off his chest. I need to get back into the habit of having breakfast with him at least once a week!

    3) Getting good enough grades to dig myself out of the hole I created 25 years ago, get into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and be awarded a Provost Scholarship at WOU for next year (still haven't gotten an acceptance letter from there yet, lol!)

    4) Learning to live by myself. This one has been a struggle, since for 41 years I always had others in the house with me - parents, ex-husband, the girls, two ex-boyfriends - so being alone these last two and a half have been difficult.

    5) Traveling alone. The trips to Kentucky and Indianapolis are something that I'm glad I did. My Mom and sister were floored when I told them about both of the trips that I was taking, because they couldn't imagine doing some thing like that themselves.

    Hmmm.... an hour to figure these out, lol!
    3215 days ago
  • GAYEMC
    What a great thought prevoking blog Kate!
    1. Learning to like ME.
    2. My mother, for teaching me that we all are human beings, no better, no worse
    3. My compassion for the mentally ill
    4. The ability to enjoy time alone
    5. Finding Spark People (I've learned so much, about food, health and myself)
    3215 days ago
  • 25OPTIMIZE
    Okay, so I've put this off long enough! Great discussion Kate.

    1) I changed my course of career, when I didn't feel like I had any support to do so.

    2) I no longer use negative self-talk inside my head. My "Brenda" has been banished, and although she occasionally tries to re-appear, I am now much stronger than her. (I find it so funny that we talk of "Brenda", since I had a real one in high school that I also had to learn to deal with).

    3) I trained for and ran two half-marathons, and impressed the crap out of my family along the way.

    4) I have offered my support more than once to women in abused relationships. Even though it's scary knowing that their husband can get really mad, I feel a real need to extend that hand.

    5) Being a first responder. This is really difficult at times, but something that I can say is truly rewarding.
    3215 days ago
  • PAPPHEM
    Oh, this is a great blog! I love reading everyone's responses.

    Ok here are mine in no particular order:
    1) Climbing Mt St Helen's!
    2) Celebrating my 5th anniversary (really getting married)
    3) Leaving home and moving to Portland
    4) Being the youngest person in my role at work
    5) Going from 250lbs to 190lbs- still more to lose, but 60lbs is a lot!

    3215 days ago
  • ARTHURTOM
    Alright Kate...I was going to leave it where I left it, but I should have known better... emoticon

    #5. Although I don't take a lot of credit for it in my personal life (away from the computer) becoming healthy after hitting rock bottom in 2006 has to be listed in the top five accomplishments. In late 2006 just 4 short years ago, I was at rock bottom. An introvert if you will. Nearly homebound and hardly able to move, I was depressed and misery was my constant companion. Being all alone, I was in the right situation at the right time with the right motivation, I was able to focus on the task at hand without outside interference to accomplish what some have called an "amazing" physical turnaround. Although most that know me either online or personally would list this at number one, I tend to want to bump this down the list some as it was not my wish alone to be as I am today, it was someone else's vision and dream that I made a reality.

    #4. Being a Red Cross volunteer. Although I haven't participated recently, I have been a Red Cross volunteer in the past and have also donated over 8 gallons of blood in my lifetime as well.

    #3. Being a local anthropologist. There are always those that will be out there asking for help. I tend to look to those that don't ask but need the help with whatever it may be and assist them in ways that help them to maintain or improve their lives.

    #2. Getting my degrees as an adult learner. Having a degree in health and nutrition has prepared me for challenges that I never imagined possible when I was attacking these degrees over 20+ years ago. It was and remains the foundation for the plans I have for the future when at the time I was getting those degrees I thought it would just lead me to make more money. That knowledge has not only enriched my life...but the lives of others and it will continue to grow.

    #1. My greatest accomplshment to this point in time...being able to take an introspective look at myself and change the things that needed to be changed in order to bring about favorable results in my life. Without this attribute, I would most like still be an introvert, laying in bed and begging for death. I had some help on this one. I had to overcome selfishness and self pity. Someone believed in me and put that seed in my mind. Once I took care of the ground that the seed had been planted in, the seed began to grow and the result is the new me.
    3215 days ago
  • VAMANOS
    I can think of several things I'm proud of, right off the top of my head. But are they the things I'm MOST proud of? That would take more thought.

    Here are five of the things I'm proud of, just to play. Like the others, in no particular order, except the first:
    My 30-year marriage which is happy and indestructible (I got it right the second time around).
    Graduating from college in 3 years.
    An 11 year real estate career.
    Rediscovering my love of the out of doors and acting on it.
    A large body of cross-stitch pieces that the recipients consider precious because I made them.



    3215 days ago
  • _BACK2BASICS_
    When I read yours and some of the others' accomplishments, I felt daunted. But here goes, and in no particular order:
    1) Being married to a person who is just right for me. We will celebrate our 23rd anniversary in April 2011
    2) Moving to VA from NY 21 years ago, without friends or family nearby and making a life for ourselves
    3) Leaving work to stay at home and raise our three children until all of them were in school and finding a job which is sensitive to the needs of family when it comes to taking time off.
    4) Losing 66 lbs, and maintaining at least a 45 lb weight loss. Will exceed the 66 lbs, with continued good eating habits and exercise.
    5) Changing the way I think about myself. Increasing my self esteem and realizing I am able to do things which I never before thought possible.
    3216 days ago
  • CARILOUIE
    Oooooh this is fun!

    1) Getting my masters degree
    2) Losing over 30 pounds and becoming an inspiration to people around me
    3) Singing all over the world
    4) Being independent. My honey and I love each other very much, but I like being my own person, too.
    5) Working to be a good music teacher. I have gotten many compliments on my teaching, and I'll tell ya, it ain't easy!

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    3216 days ago
  • KASHMIR
    1. My divorce. I'm proud of myself for getting out of a relationship that wasn't good for anyone in the family.
    2. Learning to put myself first. Learning that to have healthy relationships with other people I have to respect myself first, and keep and respect my own boundries.
    3. Traveling alone, and loving it. (it is amazing to me how many women can't imagine taking a trip alone)
    4. Finishing a marathon
    5. Losing 100 lbs and maintaining an 80 lb weight loss. Someday I'll get back to the 100 lb loss and maintain that as well.

    took me all of 1 minute, these are things that I remind myself of all the time, that I'm allowed to be proud of myself and what I do in my life.
    3216 days ago
  • SLIMGOURMET
    That's really interesting, I would also have to list your #2 (finishing grad school), #4 (saying no to bad boss), and #5 (moving across the country to a strange place with a child, or two kids -- twice!) as three of my proudest accomplishments. The other two would be writing a book, and achieving a lot at work. Thanks for posting this -- I loved reading about your marathon, which I encountered through Marie's blog "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid." (My favorite SP blog post ever, by the way.) Congratulations on your running successes!
    3216 days ago
  • ARTHURTOM
    There are a few things, but I'd have to give it some thought.
    3216 days ago
  • LYNNANN43
    Hmmm.... Great question, Miss Kate. In no particular order...

    1. After getting knocked up right after HS by my ex-boyfriend's best friend, I was told the marriage would never last, we'll be married 28 years in December. And he's still my best friend!

    2. 3 of the most amazing kids EVER.

    3. Our daughter getting into med school.

    4. Losing over 100 lbs and now keeping it off for about 6 months.

    5. Running. I never could even do the 1 mile presidential physical fitness crap in school, and now I can run!
    3216 days ago
  • JLITT62
    In no particular order:

    1. Running my own business
    2. Teaching myself to paint
    3. Becoming a lifetime WW member & a WW leader
    4. Creating one of the best online communities for graphic designers
    5. Continuing to be open to learn new things -- how to use a computer, how to run, agility with the dogs, how to design Websites, etc. etc.

    Of course, #s 2 & 5 are almost the same thing. And I ended up changing #3 so it wouldn't almost be the same as #4.

    No, it wasn't easy.

    I often feel I lead a small life. And I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I have never been career driven -- I enjoy being a housewife, for the most part, plain & simple. But in a world that defines you by what you do, rather than who you are, it can sometimes leave you feeling a bit diminished.

    Oh, and I seriously don't think I'm a distance runner. I said it was hard to get out the door -- I actually find the first mile usually fairly easy. It's all the miles that come after that that are hard!
    3216 days ago
  • no profile photo FLGIRL_4EVER
    Great Accomplishments Kate!

    Mine

    1) Walking away from an abusive relationship after 13 years of marriage to it.
    2) Taking a chance on meeting my present husband and best friend and getting 2 boys as a bonus :) - met him through yahoo IM .... something that was totally not me ;o)
    3) For all the hard work it has taken me to lose what weight I have and change my eating and exercise habits for the better.
    4) Owning and running a landscaping business for 15 years in Florida, having the guts to sell it and start college as a business major.
    5) Running my first 5K and setting a goal of running a marathon in 3 years.

    3216 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/31/2010 11:24:39 AM
  • HALFFAST
    You already know that I think you are amazing! emoticon

    Here are mine:

    1. Completing C25k and Becoming a runner!
    2. Competing in my first 5k
    3. Completely overhauling my diet to become healthy
    4. Reaching (and maintaining) my goal weight
    5. Going back to school to finally finish my degree (classes start tomorrow!)

    (Wow, that took less than a minute! Now I really am proud of myself- thank you!)
    3216 days ago
  • MARIE625
    wow. might have to think about this one. And dang it! why isn't my shift key working/

    ok, in no particular order....

    1. running. can't believe i'm running and how much I love it. (Hey - shift is working again. Yay.) I may feel slow and uncoordinated, but I'm a heck of a lot better now than I was 1.5 years ago.

    2. Walking. I'm super proud to be able to walk after my back surgery a long time ago, although I have the feeling it has a lot more to do with the surgeon's skills than me, but..... It's a defining moment for me, so I'm counting it!

    3. My marriage. It may not be the best and we may want to kill each other 90% of the time, but we still love each other, we don't kill each other and we've survived the thousands of stressful situations we've found ourselves in.

    4. I'm proud that we/I have stuck to our/my guns and continued to go against the grain and homeschool our kids. The relatives public schooled friends have not always made it easy.

    5. The changes I've made to live a healthier life. I still can't believe that I'm running and eating healthily, most of the time at least. The food choices alone are unbelievable. I'm very proud that I made those changes in the first place and have stuck with them.

    And since #2 really didn't have anything to do with me...

    #6. Quitting smoking. Definitely the most difficult thing I've ever accomplished.

    3216 days ago
  • EMMANYC
    1. Finishing in the top 5 in my law school in the highest ranked school in the country.

    2. Losing 35 pounds this year after recovering from a bad back injury - and doing it in a way that has resulted in major lifestyle changes.

    3. Taking up scuba diving on my own and becoming a certified Open Water Diver (I have some vision issues so diving isn't the easiest thing to do).

    4. Dumping my boyfriend one month after we moved to the UK together for a sabbatical year - when I finally realized he couldn't stop being a jerk. Having a great year on my own.

    5. Recognizing that the new man in my life was the one - and asking him to marry me (on Leap Year Day). We had our 5th anniversary earlier this year.
    3216 days ago
  • ERIN4771
    wow...amazing accomplishments!!! here are mine, since you asked emoticon
    going to and finishing massage and esthiology school.
    eliminating "toxic" friendships
    becoming vegetarian
    rescuing our mini doxie martha from a puppy pound
    planning our move to france.....
    that was a bit harder than i thought......
    3216 days ago
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