“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.” –
“Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.” –
“Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.” –
Sometimes the word pride is taken as being cocky or self-absorbed, but if you look at the definition of pride you will see this isn’t always the case. Merriam-Webster defines proud as, “having proper self-respect.” Let me say that again, “having proper self-respect.” There is nothing wrong with being proud of the hard work you put into something that you love. In fact, I believe taking a moment to celebrate what you have accomplished is pertinent to your future success. Being proud of yourself is just another way of saying you have a strong sense of self-worth. Feeling proud of yourself can be motivating, which can help you to move forward with your short-term and long-term goals.
I recently wrote about my accomplishments for 2018. I am going to share some of it with you now, but you can read the full post here.
It is no secret that 2018 was a difficult year for me. I haven’t been shy about writing about it so looking back over 2018 and trying to find some accomplishments that I was proud of was hard for me, to say the least. The big thing I did in 2018 was to make the decision that I could be better and that I deserved to be better. How did I start that process? Ooo…tears, screaming, lots of times just saying, “LEAD ME. GUIDE ME.” When no other words would come, I found myself saying one word, “JESUS.” And as I have learned, that one word was all I needed. I just wasn’t listening, yet.
My birthday was in June and I had bought me (with the blessing of my husband) a shiny new laptop with the promises of using it to “write.” Then here comes July, when my world spun on its axis. August came along, and that shiny new laptop was still sitting on my desk, mocking me. Or was it really mocking me? Maybe it was really calling and inviting me back. Back to a safe place, back to an old friend. So I started small. I just dipped my toe in the writing/blogging pool again. I started by sharing some of my old posts from my old blog to my new blog so I could have some content. And to be honest, those old posts are still such a huge part of who I am that I felt like they needed to be shared. Slowly as I shared each old post, I felt my confidence start to reemerge.
This past year has taught me that at the end of your rope, when you feel like you have nothing left to give, no more strength to muster, that is where you will find Jesus. That is where you will find His grace, His love, and His strength. I learned that no, I didn’t have what it took to keep going, but Jesus did and he picked me up, dusted me off, and said: “let’s get it.” Friends, the world may be whispering to you, “you aren’t enough. You can’t do this. Give up.” Find something that screams “YES! YES, YOU CAN!” For me, it is my belief in God and Jesus Christ. Maybe this year was meant to lead me back to my passion, remind me why I loved writing all those years ago. Maybe this year was meant to force me to re-evaluate my relationships. Maybe God was saying, “girl. You better readjust.”
I encourage you to look back and find what you are proud of yourself about. It is empowering. Here are some steps on how to be proud of yourself:
- Know your self-worth
- Make small, incremental goals
- Make a list of all the things you are proud of yourself about
- Be grateful and stop comparing yourself to others
Keep moving forward. Never give up. Be proud of every accomplishment. They are building blocks to a successful future. <3
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31