I think this is probably the toughest day yet. I am my own worst enemy when it come to saying something nice about myself. It doesn’t come easy to me. I used to be one of those girls who couldn’t take a compliment…until I realized how annoying that is. So instead, I smile, say thank you, and mentally determine that you are completely ridiculous.
I have a college degree. I have a master degree. I’m pretty self-sufficient. I’ve finished two half-marathons. I’ve left abusive relationships, survived and gained strength from those relationships. These are all things that I am very proud of and very well should be. At this moment, I think I’m most proud of following through on a dream I’ve had for decades (yes decades – I’m old).
When I was 17, I had the opportunity to go on a class trip to San Francisco, California with the high school journalism department. All it took was 5 days and I was in love with the city, the bay area, the west coast – I could not wait to get back there. And 17 years later, I finally fulfilled my dream and moved to the bay area.
The dream fluctuated between Florida and California. At 23, I was ready to head to Ft. Myers, Florida. Then I met a guy and I stayed landlocked in Indiana. This same scenario happened again two more times. But when the most recent opportunity to head California appeared, I was gone. I knew that I had to do it for me. This move, this adventure, was for me.
And I have loved every minute of it!