In 30 days I turn
I have accomplished a lot in the past 3 decades.
Some accomplishments have been bigger than others.
Some have been bigger to me than to others.
Here’s the top 10 most important to me (in no particular order):
1) I graduated from high school as a teen mother.
I gave birth to my oldest in the summer before my senior year. The statistics and circumstances would have predicted that I fail, but I managed to graduate with my class in 1999. (I did have to go to summer school afterwards to complete a couple more credits, but I did that too.) It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of the wonderful staff at ABLE and the generosity and love of my church.
2) I graduated from therapy.
I have been through some really tough stuff and I went a little crazy for a while. My therapist helped me faced what I had been through, accept who I was, and see who I could be. Eventually, I was going in and telling her about all the good things in my week. We decided I was done.
3) I gave birth to three of the most beautiful girls, all of whom are happy and healthy.
This one is self-explanatory isn’t it? I am lucky.
4) I have a job where I am highly respected by my peers am proud of my work.
In a working environment where the turnover is so high, I have managed to keep my job for the last three years. In that time, I have excelled at my job.
5) I went back to college and am continuing to pursue a degree in psychology even while working full-time and raising my girls.
I have been in school part-time for years now and I have another year at least just for my associate’s degree. I will keep on keeping on though because this is very important to me.
6) I read all of the Harry Potter and Twilight books before I saw any of the movies.
Anyone who really knows me knows I love to read. (In fact, my dad used to ground me from my books because it was the only effective way to punish me.) I don’t remember how I heard about Harry Potter and Twilight, but as soon as I picked them up, I was in line for the rest. I love the fantasy and adventure of them. And I hate to read a book after I’ve seen the movie.
7) I was walking, talking, and fully potty-trained at 9 months old.
My big-little brother and I are 13 months apart. My mama didn’t want two of us in diapers. Since I was such a smart little girl, she potty-trained me early. I suspect that this is part of the reason I have such high standards for myself. I mean, if I could potty train at 9 months, what can’t I do?
8) I graduated swim lessons at 4 years old.
I grew up in southern California. It’s kind of a necessity to know how to swim down there. I was lucky enough to get swim lessons at my grandma’s country club. My brother got the “swim or drown” lessons”. He didn’t like them too much. I loved mine.
9) At 5 years old I taught myself how to ride my big wheel.
My mama tells me that I was absolutely adamant that neither her nor my dad help me learn how to ride. And once I got it down, there was no stopping me.
10) Saved up to buy a DSLR.
I was drooling and researching DSLRs for years. I bought my first brand new digital camera in 2000. I upgraded every few years but what I was really craving was an SLR. I saved and finally got a Nikon D3100. I couldn’t be happier. I’ve already seen growth in the quality of my pictures and I plan to get better and better yet.
There you go. My top ten. For now.
Who knows what I can accomplish in the next 30 years?
Hugs and stuff,