A big part of PF blogging is focusing on improvement and goal-setting: maxing out the Roth, building the E-fund, saving for/purchasing a home. I love goals, especially the part where you accomplish them. But when we become too focused on improving and reaching for something that’s in the future, it becomes very easy to lose sight of what we have accomplished so far and what we’re enjoying in the present. I was eating vanilla ice cream and pretzels (it’s a PA thing) on my couch a few minutes ago, and I looked around my apartment and realized that I’m really proud of myself for the things that I’ve accomplished so far, financial and otherwise. I’m going to take this moment to list the things I’m proud of, to remind myself of how far I’ve come and to encourage all my fellow PF bloggers to do the same.
1. That I got my master’s degree when I was only 22, and it provides me with a marketable skill
2. That I work in a job that is challenging and fulfilling, and that doesn’t exist for-profit, even if I’ll never make a lot of money
3. That I pulled my head out the sand about my finances at such a young age, and am now on track to providing a secure financial future for myself
4. That, unlike pretty much everyone my age I know, I don’t take any money from my parents – I live the life I have now with my own money, and on my own terms
5. That I have a boyfriend because I want to, not because I’m afraid of being alone
6. That I work hard to nurture my friendships – I don’t just let people drift in and out of my life
7. That I learned how to cook; there is something very gratifying about not relying on other people (or Pizza Hut) to feed you
8. That my apartment (my “space” in HGTV-speak) is a reflection of who I am and what I value
9. That I take care of myself, even if I’m not perfect health-wise
10. That I stand up for myself and I don’t take any sh*t
What are you proud of?