But ten things I'm proud of... that takes guts, and I haven't always been so brave.
Now, though, I can.
1. Learning a new language. A hard one. I learned to speak, read, and write Thai without lessons or language school. In fairness, I really can't spell well, but who cares? Neither can plenty of Thai people.
2. Leaving my home and starting a life for myself in a new country, where I knew no-one. It was exciting and scary, and I will be proud of it for as long as I live.
3. Running two marathons. I've heard a lot of jokes about how everyone wants to run a marathon to prove something, but you know what? It did prove something. It proved that I can set a goal and work hard at it, and not quit, even when it's hard, and push myself, and achieve something difficult. What's so funny about that?
4. Graduating from college Summa Cum Laude. That looks horribly stuck-up in writing. But I'm leaving it, because I worked hard for it and I was proud when I earned that distinction, even if it does seem a little silly to talk about it now. You'll just have to take my word for it that I'm not conceited. ;)
5. Exclusively breastfeeding my boys for six months, and continuing to breastfeed them for over a year, each. This is no mommy-war veiled insult or jab to formula-feeding moms. What you do with your boobs is your own business. It was something I wanted to do, and I did it. I credit is as one of the most difficult things I've ever done, and I could never leave it off this list.
6. Helping L memorize his Bible verse for Sunday school every week. M is so sharp and loves to memorize, so I can't take any credit for that. But L's only 2 and it takes a fair bit of work each day to have him ready for Sunday mornings. I'm proud that I make it a priority.
7. Never teaching a boring Chapel at school. All the teachers have to teach Chapel once a year, and not to toot my own horn (too much) but mine is always fun. We've all sat through some real clunkers, and I'm always proud when the kids tell me they loved mine. (I'm due to teach in two weeks and my presentation is not ready yet. This is a motivational speech to myself.)
8. Not taking Whim's number all those years ago... When we first met, he tried to give me his number under the guise of being helpful. "If you ever need something, you could give me a call." I almost took it out of manners, knowing that we had hit it off, but that I would never, ever call him and all would be lost. Instead, I said no thanks, but offered him mine instead. He called me the next day, and the rest is history.
9. Finding ways to keep M and L healthy and happy, even if it means some sacrifices. Sometimes people tell me they wouldn't be able to give up this-or-that, or they couldn't imagine trying to follow our diet, and it makes me proud that I can. I actually like junk food, or used to anyway. I never used to care about food coloring or MSG. It would be way, way easier to just give them any old thing and not worry about it. So I'm proud that I am able to put them first.
|This is what used to happen to Miles' eyes, pre-diet. And it's his actual eyes that are swollen, not the eyelids.|
10. Writing a list of my accomplishments and publishing it with pride and only the slightest cringe. Way to go, me.