There have been some hard times this week. So often when some bad things happen to us, it is easy for us to get in a rut and let what is bothering us bog us down until we are can’t function as ourselves. I was there at the end of this week. As a single woman in a tiny town, I don’t have many people I can talk to and get frustrations out with. So, it all builds up until I start wearing myself down. I realized during my hour workout today that every now and then, you have to toot your own horn. You have to remember what things you have accomplished and overlook your problems. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. It is all about finding that balance between your problems and your successes. So, here is my list of accomplishments I am particularly proud of:
1. I’ve been to seven countries and hope to increase that some day.
2. I’ve taken some chances that I am proud of taking and some that didn’t really turn out, but I still learned from.
3. I graduated from my undergraduate program with honors.
4. I am halfway done with my masters degree and have a 4.0 so far.
5. I see students succeed every day when others may not.
6. I see what students can become some day and strive to work them towards their full potential even if I do wear myself down in the process.
7. I wrote a letter that won a professor a national award.
8. I got accepted into a national honor choir when I was 17 and got the opportunity to tour Europe with them and perform in some amazing venues.
9. A proposal I wrote for a literature review got accepted as a presentation at a national conference (even though I declined the offer to present, it was still pretty cool to get accepted).
10. I won a state wide essay contest when I was in the 8th grade.
11. I gave three presentations at a state conference.
12. I have guest lectured for college classes.
And that is all I can think of right now. I encourage you to make your own “Toot your Horn List” and to pull it out when you get stuck in those ruts. And remember, it’s the difficult times that lead us to the successes we accomplish in life.