Today is day 17 of the 31 day blogging challenge. If you’ve been following me through this challenge, I appreciate it. You can read about my other posts by clicking here. The prompt is my most proud moment. There are a few of those that I’ll talk about here.
One of my proudest moments was starting my blog. This was a strange one for me. Like, it seemed out of the blue in many ways. Especially when I told Nathan I wanted to do this. But I needed something to do for myself, that I could build into something amazing. Which is exactly what I’ve done. I can’t say I have ever worked as hard as I have with my blog on anything else I’ve ever done. I probably could conquer the world if I had! Lol. My blog is something I am passionate about and I want it to be big.
Since we’re on the subject of my blog, we might as well stick to that for a bit because these are huge milestones that deserve to be celebrated. The next one would be having my site verified and indexed by Google. I show up in search engines! My blog posts show up in search engines. I just kind of marvel at that. I remember talking to a friend and said something about striving to be relevant in search engines.
His snide reply was, but we all know you’re not relevant. Which is fine, I didn’t take offense to it simply because of who said it. But you know he was the first person I sent a text to when my site was verified. Plus made him do a Google search for a blog post and tell me where it was in the list! Yeah, I’m that kind of friend. Lol.
The next proudest moment for me was when my blackout box post reached 1,000 social shares. I was blown away by that one, and it has now been shared over 3,000 times. When I first posted that one, I had several posts reach over 100 shares, and that was a really big deal at the time.
The blackout box post reached the same. But I really wasn’t expecting it to just keep right on going like a wildfire. What is even better is people used my Amazon links to buy some of the products I had listed. Knowing I’ve helped others become more prepared for basic emergencies is a really big deal for me. That is what makes my blog worthwhile.
Non-blog proudest moments… Hmmm, let’s see. A lifetime ago, Nathan and I were very different people. We weren’t the best people, to say the least. Marriage is also very hard work, I’m here to tell you. During that time of being terrible and very different people, we ended up spending a year and a half in therapy. We went once a week. A ton of hard work on ourselves later and a lot of swearing and a few tears, we came out very different people. Being able to not only put that kind of hard work and dedication into our relationship and finally be done was an amazing moment. It is almost like running a marathon and finally crossing the finish line.
This was also the start of a very different life for us. I look back now, and I can easily see how those changes set us both up for everything that has happened since. We were able to stand strong through all of the challenges not only alone, but together as well. At the time, I hated the reason we started going to therapy, but I’ll forever be grateful for the results. That was one of those moments where I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and it was obvious. Still is obvious even today.
Those are the big ones. Everything else always seems small. But even the small moments of being proud are still amazing. One of the things that always crosses my mind is when my best friend would tell me he was proud of me. Doing many things now, I always think about that and how he would still be proud of me. Usually even more so than before.
My favorite person on the planet tells me he is proud of me often when I share my accomplishments, and I can’t help but smile. Sometimes it is nostalgic, but it just makes me happy to hear that from the people I care the most about. Like if he’s telling me that, I must be doing something right.
What is your proudest moment? That one moment when you knew you were on the right path or had a really big accomplishment? Tell me about it in the comments!